Some suggest closing golf course to resolve Greensward parking battle

Some suggest closing golf course to resolve Greensward parking battle

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The ongoing battle over Zoo parking at the Overton Park Greensward is continuing, but Greensward supporters are coming up with their own solutions to solve the problem.

Kathleen McCourt is one of the many adamant supporters of the Greensward and she spends a lot of time there.

"I really enjoy the park and it's very disheartening to see what's happening to the grass, the landscape," McCourt said.

McCourt has been trying to come up with her own solution to the parking problem and she thinks she has one. She said the golf course needs to be shut down to make room for more green space and some much-needed parking.

"I think it's a good solution. It would make everybody happy," said McCourt.

However, not everyone agrees with the solution McCourt proposes.

"Let's leave the golf course alone," said David Greenlee.

Greenlee likes to tee off at the golf course and doesn't like the idea of shutting it down for parking.

"I try to play here at least three times a week," said Greenlee.

He knows how intense the Greensward debate has gotten, and said there's no perfect solution.

"Make more parking? In this area? I'm trying to think about this without putting the golf course in there (laughs)," Greenlee said.

McCourt is not the first to propose getting rid of the golf course and driving people to park here. City councilman Berlin Boyd brought it up weeks ago, saying the Links at Overton Park is one of the least-used public golf courses in Memphis.

WMC Action News 5 requested information from the city to see if that's true, but have not received enough information back to know for sure.

Boyd said it's worth looking into and into ways that land could be better used to make more people happy.

Greenlee, however, is certain the golf course is used plenty enough as it is now.

"I think it's used enough to keep it open. I mean, it's been doing fine so far. So, yeah, I think it's being used quiet a bit," he said.

That is the heart of the problem of the Greensward; there seems to be no perfect solution to make everyone happy. However, until a better solution is found, McCourt thinks the best option might be for people to just park outside the park.

"That's another option. It doesn't upset me to have people park in front of my house," said McCourt.

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