Public Meeting Information

September 2014 

9.22.14 | 6pm | Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center 

9.25.14 | 6pm | Evangel Church (262 N. Perkins Road, Memphis, TN 38117)

Join Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Ritchie Smith Associates for a public meeting to discuss upcoming plans for additional access points along Shelby Farms Greenline for the neighborhoods north and south of the trail. Design plans will be be presented, and attendees will have a chance to provide feedback.

7.16.13 Public Meeting

Topic: Eastward Expansion of Shelby Farms Greenline from Farm Road to Old Cordova Train Station

Shelby Farms Greenline is a people-powered trail, so we want to thank everyone that attended the public meeting. If you would like to view the presentation from the meeting, please click the link below. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Shelby Farms Greenline? 

Shelby Farms Greenline is a 6.5 mile paved urban trail built on a former rail bed, connecting Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park. 

How was the Shelby Farms Greenline funded?

The cost of the right of way acquisition was $4.5 million, which was raised privately.  The $2.5 million construction project was funded by a federal grant (60%), Shelby County (10%), and private sources (10%).

Who manages Shelby Farms Greenline? 

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy manages and operates the current 6.5 mile Shelby Farms Greenline on behalf of the citizens of Shelby County through a management agreement with Shelby County Government.  That agreement may be amended to include responsibility for the eastern extension of the trail. 

How will the eastern extension of the Greenline be funded?

The $4 million extension project will be financed with a $3.3 million federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant Shelby County was awarded in 2011.  The remainder of the cost will be funded through a private match.  

What are the hours of the trail?

The trail will be open from sunrise to sunset. You can find sunrise/sunset hours on our home page

What happens if I go on the trail at night?

Any persons on the trail after sunset will be charged with trespassing.

Is there a safety and security plan in place?

There is a security plan, and both Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have committed to both uniformed and undercover patrols, abiding by similar protocols and procedures that have been successful at Shelby Farms Park for years, and on the western portion of Shelby Farms Greenline since its opening.  In addition, a Shelby Farms Park Conservancy ranger will be dedicated to trail security and maintenance, and SFPC has implemented a highly trained volunteer Park Patrol program. Finally, the number-one crime deterrent is a highly-trafficked trail; the more users on the trail, the less likely crime is to occur—this has been proven time and again on urban greenways across the nation and on Shelby Farms Greenline.  The nationwide statistics overwhelmingly state that in areas where urban greenways are installed, crime rates fall and property values rise. 

Will there be security cameras?

There are currently security cameras installed along the completed portions of Shelby Farms Greenline, and plans are to extend camera coverage along Greenline East.Will trails attract criminal activity to neighborhoods?Previous studies have shown that trails are some of the safest places in the country. Areas along greenways have shown decreased crime and increased property values. Shelby Farms Greenline has been celebrated as a community connector, and there has been very little criminal activity.

Will vehicles be allowed on the trail?

Motor vehicle use is prohibited on the trail. Urban boulders and bollards are placed at each intersection to block vehicles from entering the trail.

Will neighbors adjacent to the trail be liable if a trail user wanders onto their property and is injured?

A person entering an adjacent landowner’s property is considered a trespasser and landowner owes limited duty of care to a trespasser. Our trail is clearly marked so that wandering is discouraged.

Will there be amenities such as water fountains and benches?

Phase One does not include such amenities to the trail, but will be considered in future phases.If a person is seriously injured on the trail, will there be any way to get help?Emergency equipment will be able to access the trail.

Who will cut the grass and take care of other maintenance issues along the trail?

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which manages Shelby Farms Park, will be in charge of managing the trail. A trail ranger will be dedicated to security and maintenance.

What is the timeline for the eastward expansion?

It could take up to a year to negotiate with the railroad company to acquire the right-of-way, and construction would take less than a year.  All parties are eager to find ways to accelerate the process. 

If you have further questions or comments about the project, please send them to

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