Heart of the Park Enhancement

Heart of the Park is a visionary reimagining of Shelby Farms Park's largest lake, recently renamed as Hyde Lake. What was once a well-loved but ecologically dysfunctional body of water in the center of the Park is now:

  • a vibrant and diverse community hub
  • an environmental teaching tool
  • an important part of the business plan to sustain the Park
  • a gathering place for health, relaxation and big water adventures

Heart of the Park is an exemplar for innovative urban landscape design, environmentally responsive architecture and world class programming for health, happiness and inclusion for the Mid-South.


New Places to Gather

The FedEx Event Center offers 7,000+ square feet of customizable event space, a private garden, a covered porch, unrivaled lakeside views, a full catering kitchen, standard AV equipment and a seasoned event staff dedicated to making your dream event a reality.

The First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center houses two customizable meeting rooms, private catering preparation area, access to a Kitchenette (a grab-and-go café), standard AV equipment and beautiful views.

Cricket Pavilions
offer shaded outdoor space, perfect for picnics, parties and more! 

To learn more and to book an event, click here.

Get Moving

Enjoy a walk on the new Baptist Memorial Health Care Promenade. The multi-use promenade, which is 2.34 miles of paved trail, was designed especially for walkers and runners and features over 70 new benches, 13 chaise lounges, lakeside stone step seating areas, four custom made porch swings and shaded areas.

New restrooms are located on the south end of the trail.

A separate bike trail runs concurrently with the Baptist Promenade and provides 2.45 miles of paved trail dedicated to cyclists.

Want to check out the Park on wheels?  Stop by the Wheel House and rent a bike!  The Wheel House is located on the edge of the parking lot of the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center. Helmets are included with every rental. 

Rental Blocks

Four, two and one hour rentals available
Last four hour rental is four hours before close
Last two hour rental is two hours before close
Last one hour rental is one hour before close


         Saturdays + Sundays in April
Rental Rates (1 hour rate | 2 hour rate | 4 hour rate): 
29er/Hybrid: $10 | $18 | $30
Cruiser: $10 | $15 | $25
Trailer: $5 | $12 | $17 
Mountain Bike: n/a | $18 | $30



Bike rentals are also available at Shelby Farms Greenline. Click here for details.

Paddle the Park

Located on the north side of Hyde Lake near the main entrance to the Park, the Hyde Lake Boat House has canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards available for rent during spring and summer months. 

The Boat House is open weather permitting. Last rental is 1 1/2 hours prior to close.  Boats must be returned to the boat house by close time stated.   For more information, please call (901) 222-7242.

Saturdays + Sundays 

10a - 6p
Rental Rates:
Canoe: $18/hour
Single kayak: $15/hour
Double kayak: $20/hour
Paddle board: $18/hour

ant to launch your own kayak or boat? A boat launch ramp is located on the north edge of the lake in Heart of the Park, just off Great View Drive North. Motorized watercraft are not permitted, but kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats and other personal watercraft (14 feet or less) are encouraged.     

Water Play

Water Play is closed for the season, but will reopen with weekend hours in May 2017. 

It’s the coolest place in town! The 4,000 square foot Water Play sprayground features great splashing opportunities for kids including a water tunnel, multiple interactive spray jets, water pumps and geyser boulders. Visit Hyde Lake Boat House to purchase wristbands.

Ages: 10 and under *Children ages 4 and under must be accompanied in the play area by a parent/guardian who is 17 or older, and the parent must purchase a wristband (at a discounted price) to enter the Sprayground. 
Children: $4.50 (Park Members) | $5 nonmembers
*Parent/guardian (required for children ages 4 and under): $2.50
Free Tennessee Friday Afternoons: Tennessee residents with a valid ID can enjoy free admission on select Friday afternoons from 1pm-6pm (last entry at 5pm). Each Tennessee resident (parent/guardian age 17+) may accompany up to 3 children. 


Water Play sessions are 50 minutes of water play time. Sessions start at the top of the hour.
Water Play session capacity is limited to 40 children per session and the top of the hour.




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