The Master Plan, designed by Field Operations, was the beginning of the transformation of this extraordinarily diverse 4,500 acre landscape into a nationally-renowned landmark park. The design addresses issues of ecological connectivity, conservation and restoration; hydrology; circulation and wayfinding; definition of park edges and gateways; and relationships between recreational uses and landscape character.

A long-term, legacy project, Shelby Farms Park has three main components complete: the Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge, an early implementation project that strategically connects the Wolf River Greenway with the Park; Woodland Discovery Playground, which is designed to foster play and discovery, embracing fun and delight while cultivating healthy development of children’s physical and social well-being within a natural woodland context; and Hyde Lake, the “Heart of the Park” that features an expanded and ecologically-revitalized lake as well as event space, restaurants, and a community building.