Field Ops to Design the Country's Largest Urban Park
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