Robert Searns was retained by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to help facilitate the timely implementation of a rail trail conversion linking midtown Memphis to a major metropolitan park and greenway. Elements of the effort including helping plan and conduct an effective public engagement process to promote moving the project forward in an effective, community-responsive manner. The proposed trail passes through a number of diverse Memphis neighborhoods with a variety of housing types and income groups. Searns assisted and advised in the preparation materials for the public sessions, reviewed and commented on announcement and survey materials. He helped write the meeting agendas and prepared a Power Point presentation and on greenways and rail trails. Searns then led public participation sessions including: questions, answers and comments.