Overton Bark Dog Park spans 1.3 acres and was established after an Overton Park Conservancy community survey found that park residents wanted a fenced dog park, a project that Hollywood Feed was pleased to support.
Leashed dogs are welcome to Overton Park. For dogs who want to run wild, there is Overton Bark, a 1,3-acre enclosed dog park surrounding the Old Forest and Rainbow Lake Playground. The area contains water fountains, cleaning stations and separate areas for large and small dogs. Rustic log benches offer a natural seating place for people to relax while their dogs are socializing. Overton Bark is open every day from dawn to dusk.
Overton Park provides two playground areas – Rainbow Lake Playground on the west side of the park, and East Parkway Playground on the east side. They both have a lot of huge, beautiful trees to shade picnic tables and benches, making them a spot for parents and children alike.
Rainbow Lake Playground is an adventure playground – an environment where children of all ages can ascend to high altitudes, exercise their imaginations, and bring ingenuity to play. It features two huge climbing towers, a Big Green Mound with a hollow tree tunnel and a slide, swings, chess tables, an old-fashioned merry-go-round, a DIY building area, and two noise-making sculptures. East Parkway Playground is a traditional playground with slides, swings and climbing structures. The Little Free Library and the picnic tables are a place to rest.
The Bike Gate Arch at Sam Cooper and East Parkway, which links the bikers to Overton Park, makes it clear that the park is a key link in Memphis’ growing cycling culture. Connecting downtown to Shelby Farms Park through Hampline and Shelby Farms Greenline, Bike Gate Plaza is a welcoming stop on the city’s trail system.
Supported by the First Tennessee Foundation and created by Youngblood Studio, the Bike Gate Arch is located where I-40 was once scheduled to decimate Overton Park. Today, a bike / walk path leads into the Old Forest, which provides two miles of paved trails under a canopy unlike any other in the area.
Running and Walking
Overton Park’s shaded forest trails are the favorite of city-wide runners. The 1,4-mile limestone loop, providing a soft running surface, was restored in 2012 with the help of Rhodes College and Park Friends, who continue to provide voluntary maintenance. Runners and nature lovers enjoy the nearly four miles of dirt trails that pass through the 126-acre Old Forest.
The two-acre Veterans Plaza is host to memorials dedicated to more than 2,500 veterans of Memphis and Shelby County who were killed in World War I , World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. It also features a doughboy statue erected in 1926 and Margaret Polk’s Memphis Belle monument erected in 2011.
Shaded by crape myrtle and lined with symmetrical plantings, the park ‘s formal gardens are the ideal place to relax and ponder the beauty of the landscape. (It’s also a lovely wedding place!) Part of the park since the early 20th century, the formal gardens are now managed by volunteers from the Daughters of the American Revolution – River City Chapter.
This dog park in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee, along with these other dog parks you and your furbaby shouldn’t miss:
- Shelby Farms Dog Park
- Bartlett Dog Park
- Mud Island Dog Park
- The Barking Lot Dog Park
- Sea Isle Dog Park
- Forgey Dog Park
- Snowden Dog Park
- Overton Park
- Central Bark
These amazing dog parks are located just down the street from our location at Summer Avenue between Estridge Drive and Eastern Drive. Stop by for a visit anytime!