Construction for Greensward Parking Solution to Begin at Memphis Zoo
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Construction for Greensward Parking Solution to Begin at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Work to expand available parking at Memphis Zoo, creating 415 new spaces, will begin early this summer and continue through the winter season. A plan to end overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward was agreed upon by the City of Memphis and Memphis Zoo in 2018.

“We are pleased to have reached a resolution to the parking lot concerns of our Midtown neighbors, Memphis citizens and Zoo visitors alike,” said Nick Harmeier, Director of Marketing and Communications at Memphis Zoo.

Construction is divided into several phases. This summer, crews will begin construction on the newly designed Prentiss Place parking lot. Work on the main parking lot—including transplanting trees to form a barrier between the main lot and the Greensward—will take place winter 2019.


“In partnership with the City of Memphis and under Mayor Strickland’s leadership, Memphis Zoo is fully cooperating to ensure a smooth transition for all parties involved as construction begins,” said Harmeier.

Memphis Zoo will communicate changes to current traffic and parking plans affected by construction, including best entry/exit routes and related street closures.

“We appreciate the continuous support of Zoo visitors throughout this transition,” said Harmeier.

When the parking solution is complete, parking on the Greensward will permanently end.

This project will raise available parking spaces at Memphis Zoo from 865 to 1,280. Additionally, the City of Memphis has added 240 on-street spaces along North Parkway.

Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy each raised half of the $3 million needed to expand parking.