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Overton Park makes changes to remedy traffic woes

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Overton Park Conservancy is trying out some traffic and parking remedies to combat busy days in the park beginning May 7.

Over the years, parking and traffic have been hectic to say the least.

Edigafor Manikoze has heard the horror stories about 2015's parking issues at Overton Park.

"Last year I heard it was pretty chaotic. It was just not as organized," Manikoze said.

In 2015, cars would turn down roads like Old Forest Lane, which would cause major safety and traffic concerns when drivers tried to turn around.

Melissa McMasters, with the Overton Park Conservancy, saw the traffic chaos as an issue as well.

Because of this, the organization formed a parking and traffic plan. Traffic throughout the park, except at the Memphis Zoo, will now go in one direction.

"Sounds like it will help traffic flow and how people park," Overton Park visitor Thomas Graham said.

There will also be shuttles between the park and two nearby churches. Those churches are Idlewild Presbyterian and First Baptist. There will even be a bike valet.

"We're planning on parking in Mid-town and biking over. It would be great to have a place to have our bikes safe," Graham said.

Overton Park officials are hoping this new plan will lead to a much better traffic flow in the area.

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