MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art will install lighting over sidewalks and parking areas in Overton Park this summer. The project is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis through its Grants & Initiatives program. In proposing this first phase lighting project to the Community Foundation, MCA gained the input and support of its park partners in the vicinity – the Overton Park Conservancy, the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
“The funds generously provided by the Community Foundation not only serve Memphis College of Art students and staff, but many other visitors to Overton Park as well,” said Vice President for College Advancement Laura Hine. “With this grant, the walkways on the western side of Rust Hall near the Levitt Shell, and the street corner near Veteran’s Plaza will now be lit to contribute to a safer park for anyone in those areas.”
MCA will install four acorn lights on the street north of the college and south of Veteran’s Plaza. The fixtures will provide sufficient lighting to enhance the safety for individuals parking in that area at night.
MCA will also install bollard lighting on a westward path outside of Rust Hall, and along the shared property line between Rust Hall and the Levitt Shell. MCA’s student housing is on the south side of Poplar, and students use the path as they leave evening classes at Rust Hall and walk to their dorms.
Light fixture choices were made to create minimal light pollution and not interfere with the observance of nature in the park.
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