Firms to compete for big Shelby Farms project - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Firms to compete for big Shelby Farms project

One of the area's most valued resources, Shelby Farms, will be around for generations to come, according to local leaders who announced big plans Tuesday.

Members of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy announced the names of three firms chosen as finalists in the master design of the park.

"We're bringing the best around the world," said Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton.  "They are going to put their best into it, and then we'll end up with the best park."

Each firm will look at the land and meet with investors before coming up with their own design.

The project, estimated to cost between $50 million to $100 million, will be paid for by private sector firms.

'We've raised our first $1.4 million and that's for the master plan, and the first year of operations of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy," said the Conservancy's Laura Adams. "As
the plan is rolled out, then we'll go back to sponsors and donors."

The firms will unveil their designs in March of next year, with the final plan scheduled to be announced in April.

Members of the public are encouraged to give input into the design of the park through a series of public forums:

  • November 14 - 5pm to 7pm at Memphis Botanic Gardens
  • November 20 - 5pm to 7pm at White State High School
  • November 26 - 5pm to 7pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the U of M
  • December 1 - 10am to 12pm at the Shelby Farms Park Visitors' Center (Youth Forum for teenagers)

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