Picture from: http://greatermemphisgreenline.org/
In the beginning of the month, the first phase of the Greater Memphis Greenline opened. Its 7 miles span from Tillman Road (in Binghampton) all the way out to Shelby Farms. It's what's called a "rails-to-trails" project (which is just as it sounds: a former cross-city railroad turned into a paved pedestrian & bike trail).
Jonathan and I went out for the first time on Saturday morning and were so impressed with the whole thing - it's really awesome! As you can see in the picture, it's a perfectly paved little path that's lined with tons of shade-providing trees. There were a LOT of people - bikers and joggers/walkers, and then quite a few families (kids on kiddie bikes or being pulled in wagons).
If you're reading my blog and are familiar with Memphis, I'm sure you can imagine how great this is for the city. And if not - just know that even though paved trails are pretty common in other cities - this is a huge step for our city. It's been built really nicely and safety is a #1 concern (as we saw police monitoring the trail itself and patrolling traffic at the road intersections).
I can't wait for it to extend into Midtown! But in the meantime, I'm happy to drive a little out East to be able to enjoy this beautiful new asset to our city!