Shelby Farms Park has been in the news a lot lately for renovations, national awards, and more. But did you know that Memphis’ largest park also has a membership program?
You can always visit the park for free and take advantage of all the trails, off-leash dog parks, and wide-open spaces. However, a membership to the park gets you all that plus some awesome perks and the opportunity to use different parts of the park that you may not have explored before.
“The Conservancy is managing the park, but it’s everyone’s park. This belongs to everyone. We are just here as the stewards,” – Caleb Tinkle, Senior Development Manager
If you join before June 30th, not only will you get a park t-shirt, but an awesome, anonymous donor will match your donation! That means that the park gets double the money to put towards efforts like their new renovations, maintenance, and education programs.
“These donations go towards keeping the park clean and green and safe for the hundreds and thousands of visitors that enjoy the park every year,” – Angie Whitfield, Marketing + Communications Manager
These tax-deductible, annual memberships are offered for individuals or families and come in different levels depending on your needs. Named after pieces of nature you’re guaranteed to see when you visit the park, the membership level benefits include the perks of all the levels under them.
On top of those rewards, all members get a Park Perks card, which includes discounts and access to Shelby Parks programming including Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Greenline bike rentals, the horse stables, the Boathouse, and more. Seasonal events like Starry Nights and Spooky Nights are also included in the fun.
Since 2008, Shelby Farms has been funded through membership, grants, corporate support, buffalo adoption, and a small contribution from Shelby County.
“We want to get to know our park users and who they are and why they come out here,” – Caleb Tinkle
With its fiscal year ending June 30, the park is currently just $20,000 short of its annual goal. People interested in becoming a member can join here, at the visitor’s center, or by contacting Caleb Tinkle at 901-222-7248.