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Greenline to expand east, west in 2013

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

If your one of the thousands of Memphians who have grown to love the Greenline, which stretches from Shelby Farms Park to Tillman, you're going to love it even more in the coming 18 months.

The bike and hiking trail has been so successful, plans are underway to expand the former railroad right of way over the next 18 months.

The Shelby Farms Park Greenline has attracted thousands and thousands of bicyclists, joggers and walkers over the years. In fact, before it was officially opened, people couldn't wait for its official opening and started using the six-mile trail.

"Just a lot of different people coming through bicycling, walking, people jogging. It's been good for Binghampton," said Roger Bower, who said the neighborhood change with the addition of the Greenline.

Because of the huge reception to the Greenline, plans are in the works to expand to the west and the east.

To the west the Greenline will extend from Broad to Overton Park where they will have access to the picnic facility, the pavilion along with the Memphis Zoo, the Brooks Museum, and the Levitt Shell.

"So the goal is a park-to-park connection," said Jen Andrews, Shelby Farms Communications Director. "So connecting Shelby Farms Park down to Overton Park in Midtown, the Shelby Farms Greenline already goes from Tillman, would then connect it to Broad Street. There is a group working on that to put bike lanes on Broad and Overton Park is also working on that connection. I think there are people who would like to see a network of trails and bike lanes and other paths that take you all the way from downtown to Shelby Farms and beyond."

The  Shelby Farms Greenline has almost  taken on a life of its own. Who knows just how far this crazy idea of a network of bike, hike and jogging trails could go.

"I think we suspected it," Andrews said. "It was a lot of the reason we gained momentum we needed to set up a non-profit conservancy for Shelby Farms Park. The same thing for Overton Park. We knew the Greenline would be really popular, but we don't think anyone could have predicted how beloved it would be.

"We have taken that momentum and run with it; built a new playground and expanding the Greenline hopefully further out east to the old Cordova train station in 18 months," Andrews added. "Build the great urban lake in the middle of the park is our next big project. We got a lot of momentum and people are excited."

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