Shelby Farms Park makes headway on major renovation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby Farms Park makes headway on major renovation

A Shelby County Commission committee approved $3 million to go toward the park's $52 million "Heart of the Park" renovation plan. A Shelby County Commission committee approved $3 million to go toward the park's $52 million "Heart of the Park" renovation plan.
Shelby Farms Park is one step closer to its biggest renovation yet. Shelby Farms Park is one step closer to its biggest renovation yet.

(WMC) - Shelby Farms Park is one step closer to its biggest renovation yet.

A Shelby County Commission committee approved $3 million to go toward the park's $52 million "Heart of the Park" renovation plan.

The vote hinged on inner city access to the park. It seems the commissioners and the park were able to find a compromise, but the full commission must still finalize the vote on Monday.

"It's just not right the county keeps on funding and our city kids have no opportunity to get out there. Not because they don't want to go, but because they're poor and don't have the resources you have," said Shelby County Commissioner Sydney Chism.

The renovation includes a Patriot Lake expansion, a new event pavilion, as well as scenic decks and walkways.

"Ask FedEx, ask Medtronic, ask International Paper what they use for recruiting tools," said Shelby County Commissioner Mark Billingsley.

But some commissioners say the park has been promising inner city access for too long.

"They've been working on it for seven years and it still has not been done," said Chism.

The park said they cannot control bus service, but it plans to provide a free day to the public when they build a new water park two years from now.

"We are completely confident MATA bus service will come to the park and we know that as we build demand that service will build because people want to get there," added Shelby Farms Park Executive Director Laura Adams.

MATA is working on a grant to fund a bus line.

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