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    New entrance will bridge Overton Park to bike paths

    Overton Park Conservancy

    The new Overton Park plaza will be a key part of extending the Shelby Farms Greenline project.


    The new Overton Park plaza, which should be under construction soon, will be a key part of extending the Shelby Farms Greenline project.

    A new trail, funded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will connect the plaza to Overton Park’s Old Forest State Natural Area. The plaza will also connect to the new Overton-Broad Connector Trail, a path which links up with the Greenline via the Broad Avenue Arts District.

    Ultimately, cyclists will be able to ride from Shelby Farms Park all the way to the Harahan Bridge over the Mississippi River.

    The bike plaza is the first part of the conservancy’s plan to improve access throughout Overton Park. Funds are being sought to improve entrance facilities and trails at the Poplar and Cooper, Poplar and Tucker, and North Parkway entrances to the park, as well as to build a perimeter path ringing the park.

    Volunteer efforts have helped to rebuild the Old Forest’s limestone trail with funding from Park Friends, Rhodes College and Breakaway Running.

    Following the selection of a contractor next week, construction is set to begin in September. A sculpture will be the first element installed, with the plaza to follow. The plaza is scheduled to open late this year.

    Naming opportunities are available at the plaza via 12x12-inch square pavers that will form its foundation.