Field Ops to Design the Country’s Largest Urban Park

[A rendering of the bird refuge planned for Shelby Farms Park. Courtesy Field Operations.]

Yesterday, James Corner from Field Operations (the landscape architecture firm heading up the High Line’s design team) revealed plans for the firm’s newest commission: Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, the 4,500-acre site that will be America’s largest urban park. (Central Park, by comparison, is 843 acres.)

A framework map (from the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy) shows an expansive, lake-dotted site with paved and non-paved trails, horse stables, ballfields, fishing, a shooting range, and several wilderness areas. The site was once a state-run prison farm, and a connection to agriculture is one of the goals for the new park. Field Ops’ winning submission includes an “agri-center” with daily farmers’ markets and a model sustainable farm.

Field Operations beat out Hargreaves Associates and Tom Leader Studio in the competition, which was announced last summer.

Field Ops wins massive Memphis park competition [Architectural Record]

Shelby Farms Website

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