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Susannah B
1914 Poplar Avenue
(Overton Park)
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Thank You & Future Plans

the project

Q: How did the pedestrian cross the road at Poplar Avenue and Tucker Street? 

A: Not safely!

We need you to help us change this!  Overton Park Conservancy will install new, high-visibility crosswalks at the Poplar-Tucker intersection. Everyone using the park's primary entrance will benefit: park visitors, transit users, MCA students, museum visitors, concert goers and Zoo patrons. Currently, visitors must cross the heavily trafficked, seven-lane Poplar Avenue on poorly marked crosswalks.  We want to give visitors a better and safer experience as they come to historic Overton Park and its many wonderful attractions.

By improving the safety of these four crosswalks, we hope to encourage more people to walk or bike into Overton Park.  Transit riders will benefit from safer routes to the transit stop and into the park.  Help us encourage more Memphians to use transit, walk and bike to our City's great park! 


the steps

Working with the City of Memphis, Division of Traffic Engineering, we will install high-visibility crosswalks at all four street crossings at Poplar Avenue and Tucker Street.

why we're doing it

Safe access to Overton Park and its institutions is important for all visitors.  The current conditions of the intersection and entrance are not safe for pedestrians, cyclists or transit riders using the MATA #50 transit stop.  These upgrades will create safe crossing for all visitors, students and transit users.  This is one of many planned projects to improve pedestrian and bicycle access in and around Overton Park.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (for second disbursement on 09/28/17):

RAISED = $60.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $1.75

$60 will go towards pedestrian crossing signs (language includes "State Law Yield to Pedestrians), which we'll be placing at the Poplar/Tucker intersection - park entrance, location of new crosswalks & MATA #50 stop.



RAISED = $4,760.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $67.86

High-visibility crosswalks: $4,500
Pedestrian counter: $157.14 *

*Funds raised for the pedestrian counter will be put towards the future purchase of the hardware & installation; a secondary fundraising campaign will be launched at a later date to raise the additional funds necessary (approximately $7,500).



High-Visibility Crosswalks:   $4,500

SUBTOTAL = $4,500
ioby Platform Fee $35
*Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $135

*Processing fees will not apply to match dollars received by the campaign. The calculation above is an estimate and is likely to change at time of disbursement, based on the amount of donations received. 


Thank You & Future Plans

Thank you so much for helping us reach our goal!  We are really looking forward to installing new high-visibility crosswalks to make crossing at the Poplar-Tucker intersection safer for EVERYONE!

We are still accepting donations through the end of this campaign period (August 5, 2016).  Any funds raised during these remaining days will be put towards additional, future improvements at the Poplar-Tucker intersection.  We intend to install bicycle and pedestrian counters at this location, as well as others throughout the park, to help us establish a baseline of data on bike and ped usage.  This will be important for us as we start raising future funds for more involved access improvements.  You can help us continue to improve access into and within the park for all users.

We appreciate your support!  See you in the Park!

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