A Great Day for Epping Way Greenway


On Sat., April 27th, our celebration of the new Epping Way section of the Wolf River Greenway kicked off early with the first ever Epping Way 5K Run, followed by a grand opening and ribboncutting ceremony featuring the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County.

Participants in the 5K - including students from Memphis Rise Academy - made two laps down part of the Greenway and along N. Highland and Stage James roads before crossing the finish line.  Our thanks to Start to Finish for its expert management of the 5K.  For more information on the race, use this link.

At 10am, a crowd of onlookers applauded remarks by Conservancy Director Keith Cole, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris - then watched as the ribbon across the trail was cut by a student from Memphis Rise Academy. 

After the ceremony, attendees were encouraged to walk the new trail or ride a bike provided by Explore Bikeshare.  The WRC River Guides brought canoes and kayaks and assisted paddlers in trying out their paddling skills on the 25-acre lake, and the WRC Education Director helped kids and families plant wildflowers and seeds in the meadow.  The Dine One One food truck provided food and drink; face painting was available for kids, as was a photo booth and volunteers and foster dogs from Woof River Animal Rescue.

It also happened to be a breezy, beautiful spring day - with the promise of more Greenway openings in the near future, and new and exciting opportunities to engage our community and support conservation.




To view more photos of the event, follow this link.


Posted by Cathy Justis at 1:33 PM