In order to ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience at Shelby Farms Park, we ask that you respect the following rules.
General Park Rules
Water + Fishing | Dogs | Shelby Farms Greenline
Woodland Discovery Playground | Water Play Sprayground
Photo + Video
No recreational drones allowed in the Park
No cutting of trees or removal of flora of any kind
Please do not approach, disturb or feed any wildlife
ATVs and four-wheelers are not allowed. Off-road driving is not allowed
No alcoholic beverages allowed
Hunting is not allowed
Music must not be played loud enough to be heard outside the vehicle or outside the footprint of your event area. Music content must be family-friendly and must not include profanity or offensive or vulgar language.
No parking on grass in any areas
Picnic pavilions and picnic areas must be reserved in advance.
No moon bounces, space walks, inflatables, water slides, dunk tanks, petting zoos or climbing walls
No balloons of any kind including water balloons
Speed limit is 20 MPH
No personal grills
No metal detectors
All pets must be on-leash. Owner must hold leash in-hand and pet must be under owner's control
No swimming or wading
Non-motorized boats only
Remote control boats are allowed, but must keep respectable distance from other water craft
A valid Tennessee fishing license is required (for those 13 and over), and Tennessee fishing rules and regulations apply on all lakes. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency enforces fishing license regulations
Fishing will be allowed in Hyde Lake (formerly called Patriot Lake) once its 3-year stocking program is complete and fish are mature enough to support fishing. Fishing is permitted in all other lakes.
All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must be equipped with one wearable personal flotation device for each person on board. All persons 12 years or under are required to wear a personal flotation device. According to TWRA regulations, those not following this requirement may be subject to a fine.
Carp may not be taken. They must be returned to the water.
For more information, including fishing license qualifications, creel limits and safety regulations, visit www.tn.gov/twra
Dogs are not allowed off leash in Shelby Farms Park or on any trails (with the exception of the designated Off-Leash Dog Park area)
Make sure your dog is responsive to your verbal commands
One dog per person, please
Pick up and properly dispose of solid pet waste
Don’t let your dog disturb or interfere with wildlife or other Park users
Recognize that your dog may not get along with all other dogs
Supervise your pup at all times and interrupt any rough play
Think carefully about bringing treats to the park and use them only when other dogs aren’t around
Trail open sunrise to sunset
Remain on trail at all times
Travel at a reasonable speed in a consistent and predictable manner
Slower traffic keep right
No motorized vehicles except electric wheelchairs and bicycles
No drugs or alcohol
Leash and pet waste clean-up laws will be enforced
Children ages 2-12
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Adults may not enter the playground without a child
No wheels (bikes, wheelies, skateboards, etc.)
No food or beverage
No drugs, smoking or alcohol
No amplifying sound
No disorderly conduct
No commercial activity
Parties and groups must make a reservation to attend (email or call Brandy at (901) 222-7280 to reserve)
You are not permitted to bring in your own tables
Playground may be cleared and/or closed due to inclement weather including thunder or lightning. The area will not reopen until it is determined that the threat of weather is no longer present.
Shelby Farms Park is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Children ages 2-10
Children ages 2-3 must have one parent or guardian (age 17+) accompany the child into the play area.
Children that are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers. No regular diapers allowed.
Wristband is required for entry and must be worn at all times while in the play area.
Follow all instructions given by Water Play monitors
Children with diarrhea or who are vomitting will not be allowed into the Water Play area.
Do not climb, stand or jump on boulders, rocks, gates, water jets or any other equipment.
No balls, toys, pets, food, drink, smoking or glass containers are allowed in the play area.
Running, horseplay, profanity, aggressive and/or abusive behavior are not permitted.
Do not drink the sprayed water or place face directly into the streams of water.
Appropriate swimwear / clothing (bathing suits, shorts, T-shirts) is required at all times and will be determined by management. No visible undergarments.
Please do not hang towels on gates, rocks or boulders.
Water play area may be cleared and/or closed due to inclement weather including thunder or lightning. The area will not reopen until it is determined that the threat of weather is no longer present.
All injuries, however minor, must be reported to the Water Play monitor immediately and an accident report must be completed.
Use of water shoes and sunscreen is not required, but is highly recommended.
Shelby Farms Park is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
All professional photography and filming must be scheduled at least five business days in advance by calling (901) 222-7286 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org An application form must be completed for each visit, and must be approved before coming to the Park.
Professional photography/filming is defined as:
shoots involving props, changes of clothing or more equipment than basic tripod and flash
photographs and/or film from the shoot that will be used for monetary gain or used in advertising goods or services
Shoots must take place during regular Park hours of sunrise to sunset. Filming outside these hours may be considered in special circumstances and additional fees may apply
Restrooms may not be used for changing. Any rooms needed for changing, equipment storage, holding areas may be rented in advance for use.
Shelby Farms Park is a public space. Please do not block or block off any sidewalk, trail, walkway or road in any area of the Park or be disruptive to Park visitors or their activities during photo sessions / filming.
The subject matter of the photography or filming session must meet acceptable community standards.
All other Park rules must be followed.
A hold harmless agreement must be signed by all participants and a copy of the applicant/organization's insurance must be submitted at least 72 hours before the shoot.
Multi-visit permit for photographers: $175 / year
One-time permit for photographer: $75
Filming fees: start at $300/ day. Additional site fees may apply
Download our Photography + Filming policies and application
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