Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Reaches $170,000 Fundraising Goal for New Greenline Access Point
May 18, 2016
Shelby Farms Park
Conservancy (SFPC) is pleased to announce that with an incredible show of
support from the community, Commissioner Heidi Shafer and the Hyde Family
Foundations, $170,000 has been raised
for the purpose of creating an access point for trail visitors of all ages and
abilities from Perkins Road to Shelby Farms Greenline.
The funding will be
used to connect more than 1,000 residents to the Shelby Farms Greenline via an
ADA accessible path at the Perkins Rd. intersection of the Greenline, an area
where there is currently a 2.5 mile stretch of trail without any neighborhood
access. Though highly trafficked, the
unofficial access point is currently a precarious path with a steep, eroding
incline. The new access point includes some unique challenges due to the steep
slope and connection to a major overpass, making this access point one of the
biggest safety improvements on the trail.
The fundraising project
launched within the community in June 2015 and received support from a Shelby
County Community Enhancement Grant, sponsored by Commissioner Heidi Shafer.
Shafer awarded the full amount of the grant--$100,000--to the project.
Community support, spearheaded by neighbors in the area adjacent to the access
point, came in through ioby (In Our BackYards) campaigns and through the Shelby
Farms Park Conservancy website. A $58,000 grant from Hyde Family Foundations
helped push the fundraising goal across the finish line.
Now that funding has
been secured for the project, SFPC is working with the City of Memphis to
acquire the right-of-way for the access point before construction can begin.
Once the right-of-way is acquired and the construction plans are approved by
all parties involved, work will begin (start date TBA).
The Perkins Access
Project will take approximately five months to complete, and the adjacent section of the
trail will remain open during construction.