Memphians will Volunteer to Plant 900+ Trees in the Parkway System

February 02, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 2, 2018 – Plant the Parkways will plant 1,000+ flowering trees to renovate the historic Memphis Parkway System, restoring it to its former glory and beyond. It is important to renovate the Parkways System by replenishing the tree canopy with 900+ native trees, and capturing the health benefits that accrue. The value of “planting” has a deeper impact.  The Memphis Parkway System provides a unique platform for bringing people together.  People love the Parkways and the way they frame our City Center.  Thousands of commuters use North, South and East Parkway daily.  The Parkways dissect 10 Memphis zip codes housing over 200,000 residents.  With the number of people that get to view the parkways, we would love to spruce up the commute.

Volunteer Memphis, an action initiative of Leadership Memphis, in partnership with Memphis City Beautiful and the City of Memphis, is the recipient of a $225,000 KRESGE Foundation grant for Plant the Parkways.  They will be hosting two community meetings to talk about the plans for the plantings as well as get people to sign up to volunteer through March and April of 2018.  The first meeting is scheduled for February 8th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Works CDC located at 1400 Mississippi Blvd.  The Second meeting will be on February 15th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Playhouse on the Square located at 66 Cooper St.  All are welcome to volunteer to participate in the community meetings as well as the plantings, especially individuals who live by and or regularly use the parkway system.

Over time we have allowed what was once proudly referred to by Memphis City Beautiful as the “flowering trail” to slowly slide into a tired and untidy thoroughfare.  It can be grand again.  And, it can be a connector of people beyond that of a transportation corridor.  The Parkways and Plant the Parkways can be a connector of neighbors, families, neighborhoods, and institutional stakeholders.  All it takes is participation.  And that’s where you come in.

Special thanks to the KRESGE Foundation for making this project possible.

For more information about Plant the Parkways service opportunity and to sign up to attend a community meeting, visit


Andrea Hill
(901) 278-0016

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About Volunteer Memphis:

Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 200 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis.

About Leadership Memphis:

Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1977 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 3,000 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Volunteer Memphis and Graduate Memphis.

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