A dedication ceremony will be held this Sunday for a major new addition to the Shelby County Parks system.

A 387 acre farm donated by Dr. Roger and Diane Shott will become an equestrian park and nature preserve called Shelby Trails Park.

The Shotts (pictured) turned the land and development rights over to the conservation group River Fields. Meme Runyon is the executive director.

“The exiting thing is that it’s permanently preserved, so it will be a public park that will also be preserved forever because there’s a conservation easement on it,” she said.

The park will be open to the public Sunday from 1:00-6:00pm, with the formal dedication at 2:30pm. It’s free but those who plan to attend should RSVP to Shelby County Parks at 502-633-5059.

Photo courtesy of www.shelbycountyparks.com

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."