Monday, May 10, 2010
I asked Larry Franks at Parks about it. He promptly got a police gang expert out to look at it, and it doesn't seem to be gang related, which is the good news. (And I hadn't noticed any change in the usage of the park over that period, so that makes sense.)
The bad news is that means that some of our regular park users have a destructive bent. So please remember (and remind anyone you see with a spray can) to take only pictures and leave only footprints. We could do without the litterers as well.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
My friend Mark Jones reposted some news of bygone days from the Commercial Appeal.
100 years ago: 1910
"Main Street retailers have petitioned the Park Commission to have a band concert every Saturday night in Court Square. The businessmen point out that music will induce people to come downtown and will improve business Saturday night."
How lucky are we to have the Shell doing the same thing for Overton Park? Tons new people have been introduced to the beauty of our park thanks to the free concert series at the Shell.
Please remember, though, that the concerts aren't really free. The Levitt foundation is making a donation for the first five years, but that only covers about 25% of the current season. If we want this great music to continue, we need to support our shell and make a donation to help them get great bands.
This year's season starts May 21st. Come on out, bring the blanket and a group of friends, and put something in the bucket.
By the way, don't you miss the Park Commission? I wish we still had that layer of protection for our city parks. The recreation opportunities they provided (concerts in a bandstand, athletic leagues, etc.) were a real benefit to the city.
Monday, May 3, 2010
River Run Race & Scavenger Hunt
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Sleep Out on the
Join us for Sleep Out on the
Saturday, June 19, 2010
2:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free (Adults: $5 Donation to Rock-n-Romp requested)
Rock-n-Romp is a backyard party consisting of local bands and musicians playing music for parents and their kids! It’s all about exposing kids to live music in a kid-friendly way.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Funday Sunday – Father’s Day Olympics
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Father’s Day at