Amended plan creates consensus on Greensward controversy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Amended plan creates consensus on Greensward controversy

The Memphis Zoo uses the greensward for overflow parking on peak days. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The Memphis Zoo uses the greensward for overflow parking on peak days. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy both say they support an amended parking plan concerning the Greensward.

Both groups have been fighting over a small portion of Overton Park known as the Greensward. It's an area of grass usually used by park patrons, but sometimes used by the zoo for overflow parking.

Both sides agreed to mediation, but mediation time came and went without a solution.

That's when Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland stepped in and created his own plan. 

That plan has since been amended and Shelby County Mayor's Office said both sides support it.

The plan creates 415 new parking spaces in the zoo's existing parking lots; it also formalizes plans for 200 spaces on North Parkway. It sets up a permanent separation between Overton Park and the zoo parking lots. It also calls for converting the current General Services area to a recreational green space with additional parking.

Memphis Zoo CEO Chuck Brady released the following statement:

"We are committed to making this compromise work, so we can continue providing the world-class experience our visitors have come to know and expect."

The plan will go to Memphis City Council for discussion on July 19.

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