$52M expansion at Shelby Farms opens for business - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

$52M expansion at Shelby Farms opens for business

Patriot Lake (Source: Chopper 5) Patriot Lake (Source: Chopper 5)

Families can now head to Shelby Farms for dozens of new activities. Heart of the Park officially opened Thursday.

"It's been a long road, so many people have dreamed of this day," Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Board Member Barbara Hyde said.

Heart of the Park is a $52 million expansion project that seeks to make Shelby Farms even better!

Patriot Lake has been expanded from 52 to 80 acres, all part of the new renovations and additions. The lake has a walking-running path all the way around it and a separate cycling pathway. 

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.

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

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.

The excitement of the new opening did not come without some controversy. Some parents voiced their displeasure that the splash park is not free to all visitors.

Parents will have to pay $2.50 to enter the park and watch their children; plus they'll have to pay $5 for each child for 50 minutes.

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