This project will be a monumental achievement for the City of Memphis as it celebrates its recent designation as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community. The Wolf River Conservancy hired Alta to lead the efforts to plan, design, and implement a 22-mile trail along the Wolf River Corridor in Memphis. It will connect the eastern suburbs of Memphis westward to where the Wolf River joins the great Mississippi River.

In October 2014, Alta kicked-off the Wolf River Greenway project with a week-long charrette in Memphis, TN. The Wolf River Conservancy hired Alta to lead the efforts in planning, design, and implementation of a 22-mile trail along the Wolf River Corridor in Memphis. It will connect the eastern suburbs of Memphis westward to where the Wolf River joins the mighty Mississippi River. A portion of the trail has been built on the eastern edge near Shelby Farms Park (one of the nation’s largest urban parks at over 4,500 acres) and the project will begin at the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi Rivers at Mud Island and head eastward to join the existing trail segments. This project will be a monumental project for the City of Memphis as it celebrates its recent designation as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community. In addition to the miles of multi-use trails this project will create, it will also generate several cycle tracks for the on-street connections. The project is being privately funded through an anonymous donor and has a 5-year timeline for construction. Alta is designing 6 phases of the project, totaling 7 miles of greenway and 1.8 miles of two-way protected bike lanes. An additional 2-4 cycle tracks will be implemented in Memphis on top of Alta’s HampLine cycle track, which is currently under construction. The Alta team met with various agencies such as TDEC, TDOT, Corps of Engineers, City Parks and Engineering, and the Mayor’s Office to understand the regulatory requirements necessary to achieve the quick implementation. The team also completed an Economic Impact Assessment of the greenway.