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Shelby Farms Park Launches New Book

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy announced today the publication of its new 272-page book, Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City.  The book describes the history and journey of Shelby Farms Park through a combination of compelling stories and stunning photography.     

The book’s chapters are written by nationally known park experts and Shelby Farms Park Leaders. Together, their narrative informs, inspires and reflects the imagination of park lovers, park builders, public officials, grassroots leaders and placemakers.  Authors and contributors include Tom  Jones, James Corner, Alex Garvin, Kimbal Musk, Peter Harnik, Tim Marshall, and Marlon Blackwell along with stunning photography by Justin Fox Burks, Murray Riss, Tim Hursley, Philip Thomas and Alex MacLean.  

“We are so proud of this book and are excited to finally be able to share it,” says Jen Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.  “Shelby Farms Park represents what’s possible for a city willing to work hard and dream big. Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City commemorates the creation of one of America’s great urban parks and celebrates the civic spirit and ambition that made it possible for Memphis.” 

This definitive volume is about the improbable journey that took forty-five hundred acres from a working prison farm to being declared government surplus property to its transformation to a celebrated 21st century park. It’s the story of how a park can elevate a city’s confidence in itself, create common ground where a diverse community can come together and leverage green assets as competitive advantages for a vibrant city. 

The book, which is published by Susan Schadt Press,  will be on sale beginning Saturday, November 18 in the Lake’s Edge Gift Shop located in the Park’s First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center and on Tuesday, November 21 at novel. bookstore.  The book is also available for purchase through multiple online booksellers. Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Shelby Farms Park. 

ABOUT SHELBY FARMS PARK: At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the largest urban parks in the country.  With a visionary master plan designed by James Corner Field Operations, it's poised to become one of the best.  

Today, the Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, dozens of lakes and ponds, the internationally recognized and sustainably designed Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, the FedEx Event Center, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette, water play splash pad, and an outdoor event stage overlooking an 80-acre lake, a treetop adventure course and more.  

ABOUT TOM JONES: Tom Jones writes a monthly City Journal column for Memphis magazine and the Smart City Memphis blog, recognized by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change as "one of the most engaging" civic-minded blogs in the U.S. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

ABOUT SUSAN SCHADT PRESS: Susan Schadt Press was established in February 2015 by Susan Schadt, former president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, a 50-year-old non-profit arts funding organization. While with ArtsMemphis, Schadt founded Wild Abundance Publishing where she authored and edited: First Shooting Light; Wild Abundance; A Million Wings and MEMPHIS: Sweet, Spicy And A Little Greasy.  In 2016 Susan Schadt Press launched Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About With Timing & Grace and The Chubby Vegetarian:100 Inspired Vegetable Recipes for the Modern Table. Upcoming books launching fall 2017: Calling The Wild: The History of Arkansas Duck Calls -- A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Rich Hunting Tradition, and Shelby Farms Park, Elevating a City: The Improbable Journey of America’s Great 21st Century Urban Park.

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