Heart of the Park Improvement Update
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"The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.
The conservancy, which is pursuing a dramatic remaking of the 4,500-acre park, applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $2.6 million permit for a new visitors center at 6903 N. Patriot Lake Blvd. The conservancy also applied for a $4.6 million permit for a new restaurant and retreat center at 415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd. Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is listed as the contractor for both projects."
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What is the Shelby Farms Conservancy Heart of the Park Plan?
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Heart of the Park is a Visionary Reimagining of Patriot Lake - a well-loved but ecologically dysfunctional lake in the center of the Park, which was created when dirt was needed to cap a nearby landfill. From humble beginnings, the Heart of the Park will become a vibrant and diverse community hub, an environmental teaching tool, an important part of the business plan to sustain the Park, a gathering place for health and recreation, relaxation and big water adventure. It will be an exemplar for innovative urban landscape design, environmentally responsive architecture, and world class programming for health, happiness and inclusion for the Mid-South.
We will expand Patriot Lake from 52 acres to nearly 80 acres, dramatically improving the watershed, health of the landscapes and lake ecology through the installation of a liner, planting thousands of native trees, shrubs and other vegetation and shaping landscapes to the north to ensure groundwater flows into the lake.
A new Visitor Center will include education space, a cafe, a gift shop and a big front porch where visitors can watch sailboats and kayaks on the lake. A new boat rental kiosk will allow patrons to rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. A signature "farm-to-table" restaurant and rustic retreat center on the east end of the Heart of the Park will offer a dramatic view of the expanded lake. Children will enjoy a new water play area, along with an educational Wetland Walk. The quiet forest walk on the south side of the lake will feature wet-footed trees.