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Overton Park Parking Plan Gets $3M in Federal Funding

The money would help remediate the Greensward and remove the fence in the forest.

The project to forever eliminate parking on the Overton Park Greensward got $3 million in federal funding Wednesday.

The U.S. House passed six spending bills Wednesday totaling more than $400 billion. Some of that money includes discretionary spending for projects all over the country, including the $3 million to further the Overton Park parking plan.

The new plan preserves the entirety of the Greensward, restores 17 acres of parkland that has stood unused behind chainlink fences, swaps land between the park and the Memphis Zoo, and forever ends the zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking.