Memphis Zoo and Overton Park to begin mediation today

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Today, the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park will begin mediation to find a long-term solution for parking in the area. 

The battle over parking has been ongoing. Last week, the Memphis City Council gave the Zoo control of the Greensward to use for overflow parking, which they have previously done on busy days. 

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Those working to ‘Save the Greensward’ said there are other solutions for parking, such as building a garage. However, zoo officials said they only use overflow parking around 65 days a year, and that is not enough to keep a garage year-round.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said a solution could come from both sides working together. 

"With all parties at the table, we will work to find solutions to all the parking/use issues that exist at Overton Park," Strickland said. 

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