Proposed Plan Would Extend Greenline Across Germantown Parkway

Proposed Plan Would Extend Greenline Across Germantown Parkway

A proposed plan to extend the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway would cost $4 million. Although most of the funds are coming from the feds and private donors, money isn't what taxpayers are worried about.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A proposed plan to extend the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway would cost $4 million. Although most of the funds are coming from the feds and private donors, money isn't what taxpayers are worried about.

The idea excites Greenline users like Emmanuel Arbelaez. He tells LocalMemphis.com the plan "is beautiful. I don't have to drive my car to the park. I live in Cordova. It's a very good idea."

Amy Germano doesn't like the plans. "That would concern me actually," she said.

Amy and her friend Chelsea Richardson love to roller blade on the Greenline, but neither love the idea of expanding the 6.5 mile trail across one of the area's busiest roads.

"How many wrecks happen on Germantown Parkway? People don't pay attention and drive too fast," Richardson said. "They may as well put a Greenline on the interstate."

The plan is to have traffic signals that allow people who use the trail to cross from one side of Germantown Parkway to the median. Once inside the median, you then wait on another signal that gives you the green light to cross.

Laura Adams, Executive Director for the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, likes the plan. "I think it's an elegant and simple solution to crossing Germantown Parkway."

A public meeting will be held July 16th at the Shelby Farms Visitor's Center to discuss concerns.
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