Shelby Bottoms is an 810-acre urban wetland and nature park adjacent to the historic Shelby Park on the Cumberland River. The project was divided for funding purposes into two Phases of design. Phase One included over two miles of multi-use trails, river overlook area, a 100-foot spanning pedestrian bridge, parking facility, interpretive signage, wild life viewing areas, and historical archaeological and natural resource interpretation. Phase Two of the design created an additional 13 miles of multi-use trails, rustic foot paths, pedestrian bridges, signage and additional parking. A total of six major pedestrian bridges were designed into the park and were carefully sited to preserve existing trees while providing beautiful views of each unique crossing and the Cumberland River.
An environmental graphic package, designed by HPI, included five trailheads, nine interpretive signs, two major directional, one greenway identifier, and thirteen minor directional signs. Interpretive signs identify significant archeological, historical, wildlife and environmental stewardship concerns. Combined with many site design elements, they intend to also reflect the cultural significance of this particular riverside location to local prehistoric peoples. Graphics combine maps, illustrations, and photography in an educationally inviting way.