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What is Shelby Farms Park?
Shelby Farms Park is a 4,500 acre urban park in Memphis, Tennessee.
What is the Shelby Farms Greenline?
Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile urban trail linking Shelby Farms Park to Midtown Memphis.
When is Shelby Farms Park/Greenline open or closed?
Shelby Farms Park and Greenline are open sunrise to sunset each day. Check today's hours on our home page here.
What is Shelby Farms Park Conservancy?
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy (the Conservancy) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline in a public-private partnership with Shelby County Government. That means the land that comprises the Park and Greenline remains publicly owned, and the Conservancy is responsible for daily management, fundraising to meet operations budget needs, setting the vision for the Park’s future and stewarding its unique natural resources.
Why does the Conservancy manage Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline?
On March 26, 2007, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners – acting on recommendations from its special ad hoc committee on Shelby Farms Park – voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution authorizing Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton to negotiate an agreement with a nonprofit organization for the operations, management, and leadership of the Park. After four months of negotiations, an agreement was finalized, and a signing ceremony took place July 20, 2007. As part of this process, Mayor Wharton identified the Conservancy as the nonprofit organization to manage and lead 2,900 acres of the park, excluding Agricenter International and the area used by county government. In 2010, the management agreement was amended to include the Shelby Farms Greenline as an extension of the Park.
What is the purpose of the Conservancy?
We’ve been granted a historic opportunity to manage, operate and lead the next great park of our time on behalf of the people of Shelby County. Our mission is to give rise to a celebrated 21st century park that defines and shapes a great city. It began by employing a top-notch staff to manage the Park and lead a master planning process that attracted national experts to plan the Park’s future. In addition to daily management and fundraising to meet our operations needs, the Conservancy is responsible for implementing the master plan and raising the money for it.
What does the Conservancy do?
A lot! Our job is a big as the Park itself. We’re responsible for the daily maintenance and operations of Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline. We care for approximately 2,900 acres of parkland and 10.65 miles or urban trail with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. Staff includes a roughly 50 member team of administrative and operational ranger staff. We log more than 35,000 volunteer hours in a year! Caring for the Park and Greenline is a community effort.
Conservancy staff cares for hundreds of acres of lawns and grassland, tens of thousands of trees, more than 20 lakes and ponds, hundreds of acres of woodlands; plants thousands of trees each year; maintains major amenities like the Woodland Discovery Playground, Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge and dozens of miles of paved and unpaved trails; cleans litter and removes waste; creates educational, recreation and volunteer programs the serve adults, children, teenagers, seniors, community groups and schools; and hosts major community events. We work closely with our friends at Shelby County Government. Our 10-year management agreement ensures that the county maintains its funding investment of about $500,000 per year. Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors and Members, we work hard to raise $2 million privately to meet the operations needs of the Park + Greenline.
What kinds of things can I do at the Park and Greenline?
Run, walk, picnic, sail, walk dogs, play disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, play, hike... the possibilities are nearly endless! Check out Attractions for ideas.
Can I have a party/picnic/event at the Park?
Yep! You can rent a shelter, space in the Woodland Discovery Playground or rooms in our Visitor Center. All the funds from rentals benefit the Park and Greenline, so you'll be having fun for a good cause! You must reserve a shelter or Visitor Center room to use them, and you must make a reservation to have a party in the Woodland Discovery Playground. Contact Brandy Hardaway at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 222-7280.
Can I bring my dog to the Park and Greenline?
Yes - though your dog has to be on a leash and you have to pick up after him or her. The Outback Off-Leash Dog Park at Shelby Farms Park has more than 100 acres designated for off-leash fun.
Dogs are not allowed in the Woodland Discovery Playground.
Where can I find something I lost?
The Conservancy is not responsible for lost or found items found at Shelby Farms Park or on Shelby Farms Greenline. Found items are sometimes turned in to the Visitor Center, and we are eager to reunite items with their owners when possible. To check for a found item or report a lost one, call 901-222-PARK or visit the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center.