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Few other cities can claim assets like the lakes, rivers, parks and downtown riverfront of Memphis. The Hyde Family Foundations want to capitalize on these assets by supporting the creation of the Memphis Greenprint, a network of parks, greenways and trails that touches every neighborhood, offering Memphians access to nature regardless of where they live.
The Memphis Greenprint not only transforms Memphis aesthetically, but it also boosts tourism, increases property values, and helps attract and retain the next generation of talented workers and leaders. Our investments will help revitalize distressed neighborhoods, connect people from diverse communities, improve health and protect the environment.
Click here for a brochure that contains more information on the organizations and projects we support through our Greening Memphis grantmaking.
The following groups and initiatives are just a few examples of how the Memphis Greenprint vision is becoming a reality:
The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy manages the revitalization of the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, including a greatly expanded Patriot Lake, more than 20 bodies of water, a state-of-the-art playground, enhanced hiking trails, a state natural area, improved pedestrian access to neighboring amenities and one million new trees.
The Conservancy also maintains the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 6.5-mile railroad right-of-way that was converted into a paved recreational trail connecting midtown Memphis to the Shelby Farms Park. Plans are in motion to extend the Greenline to destinations east and west.
The Wolf River Conservancy and the City of Memphis Division of Park Services have partnered to develop the Memphis Wolf River Greenway, a 22-mile conservation corridor and trail system that will extend along the Wolf from downtown Memphis at the Mississippi River to Germantown. The trail connects parks, schools, community centers, and residential and commercial areas throughout Memphis, in diverse communities including downtown, North Memphis, Frayser, Raleigh and East Memphis. Several miles of the trail are open, and design and construction of future segments are well under way.
A 13-mile expanse of railroad right-of-way stretching from midtown to Cordova is also in development. The right-of-way will feature a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail that will intersect the Wolf River Greenway at Shelby Farms Park.
The Riverfront Development Corporation is responsible for transforming the downtown area along the Mississippi River into a vibrant, public green space that will reconnect citizens to the riverfront. The RDC’s exciting projects include Beale Street Landing, the 5-mile Riverwalk and Bluffwalk, the Promenade, and 11 exceptional parks.