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Shelby Farms Park days away from opening to the public

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On September 1, a week from Thursday, the unveiling of the all new Shelby Farm Parks will happen.

It's a sparkling, reimagined community gem that will soon be open to the public, and Chopper 5 had an exclusive view Tuesday of workers grading a bank of Patriot Lake.

Patriot Lake has been expanded from 52 to 80 acres, all part of the new renovations and additions.

“I think it's going to be really great for the community,” visitor Marie Joiner said.

The lake has a walking-running path all the way around it and a separate cycling pathway. 

A ribbon cutting will happen at 9 a.m. September 1 at the all new First Tennessee Foundation Visitor's Center, which will feature a grab and go restaurant, a gift shop, and expansive new restrooms.

In addition, an all-new 500 seat FedEx Event Center has been built that overlooks Patriot Lake. The center will serve as host to all kinds of special events, including wedding receptions.

“It's a regional attraction that can really become a gem,” Rebecca Dailey said.

A splash pad will open for the kids and a new Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette will be there when you get hungry.

“I think it's a good opportunity for people to get outside have some fun,” Joiner said.

The all new Shelby Farms Park features electrical charging stations, benches and swings, additional restrooms, picnic pavilions, an outdoor state with a natural amphitheater, and much more.

“It's the biggest improvement to date and probably the biggest improvement for a very long time,” Dailey said.

It's all just days away from opening to the public, with the first 30 days providing free events. The free events include a reptile talk, yoga, botany discovery hike, puppets, and more. For a complete list of the events, click here.

“It'll draw more people so they can have fun and learn about the parks and the Greener part of Memphis,” Joiner said.

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