Rules for users

The V&E Greenline gives permission for people to use the land for passive recreational purposes—except in those cases where the use or user is prohibited. Anyone who uses the trail accepts the limitations and regulations imposed by the V&E Greenline. All photographs taken on the property of the V&E Greenline are considered to be in the public realm, can be used without permission, and cannot be limited by copyright.

City ordinance and V&E Regulations require dogs to be leashed, and pet owners must dispose of waste.

The V&E Greenline may be used for the following purposes:

  • Pedestrian traffic including walking, hiking, running, and dog walking
  • Bicycle riding at a reasonable speed
  • Use of light motorized devices by individuals with disabilities
  • Neighboring and social interaction
  • Gardening at established sites, with permission
  • V&E Greenline equipment maintaining the property
  • Casual recreation, leisure, enjoying nature, and education activities
  • Orderly public gatherings and special events that have prior approval

The V&E Greenline cannot be used for the following:

  • Any vehicle with a motor, with the exception of scooters for individuals with disabilities
  • Parking on the Greenline or blocking an entrance
  • Vagrancy, sleeping,  camping, loitering, staking out adjacent property, or entering private property from the V&E Greenline
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, fireworks, or firearms
  • Playing loud music, loud/boisterous behavior, and unsanctioned gatherings
  • Littering or placing items on V&E Greenline property or drainage areas
  • Encroaching on Greenline property with fences or other obstructions
  • Removing or trimming vegetation and other items or cutting trees unless approved by the V&E Greenline Committee
  • Graffiti, vandalism or posting notices  on V&E Greenline property
  • Climbing on trees or structures (with the exception of the pull-up bars near Dickinson Ave)

Download the "Rules for Users" brochure for more information.

Adjacent Property Owners

Owners wanting to access the Greenline for any construction, alteration, grading, vegetation and tree removal, or anything else will need to file a written application to the V&E Greenline, 1680 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38107. Please call or email if you have any questions.

Trash and Debris: Adjacent owners and their contractors who enter the Greenline to do maintenance work on fences or property are expected to promptly clean up and remove all debris. Yard debris and wood can be hauled to the nearest curb and will be picked up by the city. Building trash and loose construction debris must be hauled away. Owners should make their contractors aware of this responsibility ahead of time, mention it in the contract, and insist that clean-up be completed as part of the job.

Cutting Down Trees: One of the main missions of the Greenline is urban reforestation and wildlife habitat. Tree preservation has become especially urgent in the face of recent natural disasters that have cost us many trees. Owners are not allowed to cut trees on the Greenline without prior approval. If anyone wishes to cut down a tree, please contact the Greenline Committee in person or in writing to obtain permission. Owners who need to cut down a tree on Greenline property should present their reasons, and a plan for planting at least two new tree in a better location, so there will be a net gain in trees rather than a loss.

Volunteering and Contributing: The adjacent owners benefit from the enhanced V&E Greenline (see the History section of this website). The Greenline increases their property values and provides them with a ready source of recreation. All users, neighbors, and adjacent owners are encouraged to volunteer their time at "Spruce Up the Greenline" events and to make financial contributions for the upkeep of the V&E Greenline.