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Tree Facelift Underscores Overton Park’s Banner Year

Overton Park’s 342 acres are now some 400 shades greener, thanks to 300 new trees and 100 shrubs planted from the border of the Greensward to the East Parkway picnic area.

The park’s plant facelift was funded by landscape design firm Greg Touliatos & Associates Inc., The Miriam and Ernest Kelly Family Foundation and members of the Kelly family. The plants were installed Saturday, Dec. 15, by Echo Systems Landscape Services, landscape designer Tom Pellet and volunteers from Club Scout Pack 13 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

“We gave them what I would describe as an extremely deep discount to try to help to get as many trees into the park as possible,” said Greg Touliatos. “I’ve lived in Midtown for over 30 years and I think the park just being so convenient and so useful for really everybody, it’s a wonderful thing.”

Among Overton Park’s new additions are wintersweet shrubs and Cornelian cherry dogwoods. Click here for more.

It’s been quite a year for Midtown’s Overton Park and its Conservancy. The 1.3-acre dog park, Overton Bark, opened this summer, and Overton Park turned 111 this year.

And construction at Rainbow Lake Playground kicked off Monday as Viktor Hall Construction LLC began demolishing an existing stone wall. The 20-year-old playground’s redesign is by Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects Inc. and is slated to be open in Spring 2013.

Click here for project details, or learn the end-users’ thoughts on their new digs by watching this video:

 

Dansette

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