Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and one of the most unique spaces that Memphis has to offer, described as a true treasure and lynchpin for the greening of the City. At 4,500 acres, it is more than five times the size of Central Park, with a mission to showcase Tennessee’s ecology and Memphis’ vibrant arts, food, and music culture; to be a gathering place for all; and to create an active, nature-based hub for recreation, health, and well-being. 

Today, Shelby Farms Park has transformed into a contemporary park that defines and shapes Memphis. Phase 1 is now complete, including the 195-acre “Heart of the Park,” defined by a massive new lake. The design significantly improves connectivity and accessibility and offers exposure to nature and greenery, particularly for the underserved parts of the City. The park is an economic engine for the region, is financially sustainable in its operations, and has re-established a relationship with natural systems, improving the surrounding environment and ecology for everyone to enjoy.