Shelby Farms Woodland Discovery Playground


Memphis, TN

Services Provided:

General Contracting


James Corner Field Operations


Shelby Farms Park

Total Square Feet:

3.5 Acres


  • Set within a natural woodland context, the playground provides an environment that promotes interaction and engagement
  • The playground’s main feature is a winding arbor planted with flowering vines. The arbor snakes through one and a half miles of the landscape, with large openings to give varied sight lines
  • The arbor links 6 outdoor play rooms, or ‘nests’ designed for children of all ages and ability levels including a sand nest, swing nest, net and tree house nest, and slope nest.
  • Together, the arbor and the nests provide a fun-filled sequence of “hide-and-seek” places in a beautiful natural setting.