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C’mon out to the Farm Park!
The Bobby Lanier Farm Park is a working model of a community based suburban farm park which demonstrates, promotes, educates and advocates for a sustainable, healthy and supportive community. The mission of the Farm Park is accomplished through agriculture and stewardship.

The 10 acre working farm features a community garden, children’s programming, a farmers’ market, live music, cooking demonstrations, garden talks, visiting farm animals, garden tours and storybook walks on a weekly basis. The public is also invited for special events offered at the Farm Park. Programs and events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 757-7375. For more information, visit thefarmpark.org.

aerial riverdale playgroundEverybody’s Tree House
Riverdale Park, 7345 Neshoba
Everybody’s Tree House at Riverdale Park is a place for everybody to experience nature through play. The innovative model addresses the need for all children - of all abilities - to play. Everybody’s Tree House is inclusive for people of all abilities and incorporates play with elements of nature. The playground structure incorporates activities for moderate to vigorous physical activity. Structures include a tree house with access to people of all abilities, swings, gliders and more.

Everybody’s Tree House is currently open for play with future enhancements being planned. The second phase of funding has now been secured and will pay for a gathering plaza, outdoor classroom, site signage, a recognition stone and elevated sand boxes. Eventually, the park will also include an entrance arch, nature screens, interactive play gardens and more.

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Wolf River Nature Area
7014 Wolf River Boulevard
Nestled along the Wolf River, the 150-acre nature reserve provides a river's edge experience. The area features four educational stations, several plant displays, two picnic areas, scenic overlooks, rest areas and restrooms. Parking is available at multiple areas along Wolf River Boulevard, through entrances across from Poplar Estates Park and adjacent to the natural gas pumping station, at the new trail head located east of the Kimbrough/Wolf River Boulevard traffic light and at Neshoba and Cameron Brown Parks. Get a trail map.

Interpretive Stations

  • Beaver Boondocks is located at the western area of the trail. It features a human-scale beaver lodge along with wooden beaver structures. An interpretative sign tells about the anatomy, behavior and engineering ability of these aquatic animals. This area is accessible from an adjacent parking lot. Rest rooms are located nearby. 
  • Bottomland Glen is an example of how trees can survive floods and wet conditions. A tree stump has been transformed into a learning station. Visitors can open the tree to learn more about animals that use the trees as a home. 
  • Turtle Bayou is a short walk down the rustic boardwalk to a dock, where visitors can watch turtles basking in the sunlight on fallen logs. Use the telescope to view other areas of the lake. 
  • River History Plaza is the central information location. It offers informative signs about the river and its history. There is also information about water quality improvements and how the Wolf River has been used by humans. Benches are provided. 


Germantown Greenway System
Thirteen miles of a planned 22-mile trail system are complete, offering a paved pathway for walkers, runners and bicyclists. Sections are open along the Wolf River, beginning at Neshoba Park, and between Johnson Road Park and Houston Levee Park. Designed as a linear park, the Germantown Greenway will eventually encircle the City, linking parks, schools and neighborhoods. 


Riverwoods State Nature Area
Wolf River Boulevard and Kimbrough Road
Riverwoods is a 21-acre natural area located along the Wolf River at the junction of Wolf River Boulevard and Kimbrough Road. Riverwoods is situated in a densely urban setting, but provides refuge for plants and wildlife. It is a small biological island that was formerly part of a larger forested area. Although Riverwoods is a state natural area, the City of Germantown manages the area and has developed a primitive trail system and raised boardwalks. See additional information.


Off-Leash Dog Area at Forgey Park 
1695 Riverdale Road
Forgey Dog Park, located at 1665 Riverdale Road, is open to members from dawn to dusk 365 days per year. Members enjoy a secure, fenced area where dogs can socialize with others. Germantown Park Rangers monitor the area where there is plenty of open space for dogs to run and jump. Large and small breeds have separate spaces to enjoy.

Dog owners who are interested in membership at Forgey Dog Park are invited to register at the Parks and Recreation office,  weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5p.m. New and returning members must complete an application, sign an insurance waiver, provide proof of residency (no driver's licenses accepted) and a copy of current pet vaccination records and view a five-minute presentation. Resident member fees are $40 for the first dog and $10 for each additional dog. Non-residents pay a slightly higher fee to use the park. Membership is required for access to the area. For more information, call (901) 757-7375.


Disc Golf Course at Johnson Road Park
2970 Johnson Road
Get out and DISCover the 18-hole disc golf course and the 18-hole course addition. Disc golf, also called Frisbee golf, is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target. The object of the game is to travel a course, from beginning to end, in the fewest disc throws. There are no fees or scheduled tee time to play. Those who arrive first, play first. The day-use area of the park closes at dusk. For more information, call (901) 757-7375. 


Croquet Lawn Courts and Party
2970 Johnson Road
Plan a unique group event at the Johnson Road Park croquet courts. This special program offers corporate, community and social groups an unmatched entertainment package. It is ideal for business outings, team building, charity fundraisers, incentive groups, client entertainment and VIP functions. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Natalie Ruffin at NRuffin@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 757-7376. 


Houston Levee Skate Park
9777 Wolf River Boulevard
This facility can accommodate skaters at all levels, from the beginner to the extreme.

 

 

 

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