Q: Where is the Wolf
River Greenway located?
A: The Wolf River Greenway, through the City of Memphis, extends
from the north end of Mud Island, and heads East, arcing through the North
Memphis neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh, to Kennedy Park. From there, the
Greenway heads due south to Shelby Farms and then links with existing Greenway
segments in Germantown. Please click here for a map of the proposed route of the Greenway.
Q: What is the
purpose of the Greenway?
A: The Wolf River Greenway is a walking and bicycling trail
that supports health and wellness, transportation by bike or by foot, outdoor
education, and economic development. The
Greenway will be a 10-foot wide to 12-foot wide paved trail that is surrounded
by lands that are to be conserved and protected for their natural resource
values. No motorized vehicles of any kind, other than those used for
maintenance and public safety, are permitted on the Greenway trail.
Q: Who is developing
A: The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) in partnership with the
City of Memphis is developing the Memphis portion of the Greenway. The Wolf River Conservancy is an accredited
land trust and a not-for-profit organization that is based in Memphis.
Q: How long is the
Wolf River Greenway?
A: The Memphis portion of the Greenway is
approximately 23 miles in length.
Q: Where can I
currently access and use the Greenway?
A: Currently, the Greenway is open for use from Walnut Grove
Road to the City of Germantown along Humphries Boulevard. There is an existing
small trailhead parking lot along Humphries. There are also other places to
park a car near Walnut Grove Road that require a short walk to the existing
Currently Open For Use: Walnut Grove to Germantown – 2.6 miles
Q: When will new
phases of the Greenway be available to use?
A: The WRC and City are currently working on opening new
sections of the Greenway through a phased approach. A summary of when new
phases of the Greenway are currently slated to open is provided below. Also,
please click here for map that illustrates the location of each phase. The
WRC and City hope that all phases of the Greenway will be open for public use
Opening in 2017:
Confluence Park to Second Street (downtown Memphis)
Epping Way (north central Memphis)
Kennedy Park (Raleigh neighborhood)
Opening in 2018:
Hollywood to Douglass Park (Douglass Park neighborhood)
Douglass Park to North Highland (Douglass Park neighborhood)
North Highland Avenue (on-road cycle track)( (north central
Walnut Grove Road to Wolf River
Opening in 2019:
McLean to N. Hollywood (North Hollywood neighborhood)
McLean Boulevard: Chelsea to Nedra
McLean Boulevard: Nedra to Rodney Baber Park
Mclean Boulevard to Evergeen along Chelsea
Epping Way to Kennedy Park connector (Raleigh neighborhood)
Kennedy Park to Covington Pike
Covington Pike to Summer Avenue
Shelby Farms Greenline to Wolf River
Opening in 2020
Summer Avenue to Shelby Farms Greenline
Second Street to Chelsea Avenue
Q: Who will own and
manage the Greenway?
A: The Greenway within the City of Memphis will be owned and
managed by the City of Memphis. The WRC is assisting with the development of
the Greenway trail and as sections are completed they will be turned over to
the City for maintenance and management. A Governance, Operations and
Maintenance manual is currently being prepared and will be adopted and
implemented before any new sections of the Greenway are opened for public use.
This manual describes in great detail how the City will govern, operate and
maintain the Greenway that is located within the City limits.
Q: I am concerned
about public safety and use of the Greenway. What measures are being taken to
ensure that the Greenway is safe to use?
A: The WRC and City of Memphis are employing many different
strategies to ensure that the Greenway can be used safely. First, we are
employing Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles (CPTED) as
we design and construct each phase of the Greenway. Second, we are deploying
security cameras, emergency call boxes and lighting in strategic locations
throughout the Greenway. We are also developing a wayfinding and signage system
that will feature the City’s 311 system and the 911 emergency response system.
The Greenway will have an address system so that law enforcement and emergency
response can be conducted efficiently. Finally and most importantly, we believe
that the Greenway will be an attraction for the city and will be used a lot by
our residents and by visitors. Frequent use is the best way to keep the
Greenway safe for everyone to use.