Overton Park may close several nature trails

Overton Park may close several nature trails

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Overton Park's system of nature trails attract a lot of visitors each year.

"They're real natural," said Jason Chrien, who likes walking the park's trails. "I like just going down, you know, feeling lost in nature."

Over the weekend, leaders of the conservancy that oversees Overton Park invited Mid-Southerners to a meeting where they explained that the state has launched a new initiative called the Old Forest Management Plan.

One of the proposals is to close certain trails that duplicate others. The state also wants to close trails suspected of being places where people participate in illegal activities.

"It would be nice for me so I don't have to walk into anything I didn't want to," said Chrien.

"And if unfavorable things have happened you know, on some of those trails, that makes sense as long as its not any of the main trails," said resident Amanda Robinson.

Some people say they use the trails at Overton Park every day, so talk about closing some of them has some people concerned.

Officials say The Old Forest plan is also aimed at beautifying the park like planting trees to protect existing flowers and other upgrades.

To read about the plan and send feedback to the Overton Park Conservancy, click here.

To see the full plan for yourself, click here.

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