Memphis Zoo, city in overflow parking dispute

Memphis Zoo, city in overflow parking dispute

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MEMPHIS (AP) - Memphis Zoo officials fear that a dispute about overflow parking on a grassy area in Overton Park could hurt attendance.

Media outlets have reported that the city of Memphis is discontinuing a 23-year-old agreement to allow zoo overflow parking in a large green space on the Overton Park Greensward, a section of the stately park located in the Midtown neighborhood.

City officials say cars will no longer be allowed on the grass by the end of the year. The Memphis Zoo says it worries it may have to turn away 80,000 visitors per year if it cannot send overflow parking to the grassy area.

A shuttle system taking visitors from a parking garage to the zoo for free is being tried out starting this weekend.

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