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Controversy resurfaces over Memphis Zoo overflow parking

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(WMC-TV) - An old controversy is resurfacing over Memphis Zoo overflow parking in Overton Park. One councilwoman says the zoo should not collect money for using a public park for zoo parking.

Memphis Councilwoman Janis Fullilove says the overflow parking lot is encroaching upon Overton Park and if any money is collected to park there, it should go to the city.

"The monies we're collecting now should go right into the park's budget," said Fullilove.

Fullilove says the Memphis Zoo is double-dipping, collecting $5 per vehicle to park in the Greensward area of Overton Park.

"I was looking at our CIP budget and there's some hundred thousand dollars they're looking into for the zoo. That's absolutely ridiculous," Fullilove added. She is drawing up a resolution for the roughly $175,000 she says the zoo collects in parking annually to be redirected to parks.

"People used to be playing frisbees and families were coming out here together and now they're having to be relocated and all of this money is going to the zoo."

The zoo responded saying, "We are parking in accordance with our agreement with the city as we have for over a decade. We have a written agreement with the city that we are entitled to the proceeds from that parking."

Fullilove plans to bring her proposal to the next meeting Tuesday.

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