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 Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Plan (POP) Kickoff

June 8, 2022Chattanooga has been known for its outdoor opportunities and world-class parks and greenways. Now, we are looking to take it to the next level! 

We are excited to kick off the Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Plan (POP) and invite the community to join us in creating a shared vision. The purpose of the project is to create a road map and path forward to reinvent Chattanooga as a city in a park—where a system of parks and protected open spaces connect people to each other and where all neighborhoods have well-loved and well-used parks.

We hope you and your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers will weigh in on this important plan by:

 

  • Joining us for our first public workshop on Wednesday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7pm at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. We’re asking people to register in advance to help us with our headcount for food, translation and activities for kids (though registration is not required to attend).
  • Taking the online survey, which will help the planning team understand Chattanoogans’ vision for their parks and outdoors and how the current system is (and is not) serving their needs.
  • Exploring the POP StoryMap to learn more about the planning process and the current state of Chattanooga’s parks and outdoors.
  • Signing up for a ‘Meeting in a Box’ to facilitate a small-group discussion about our parks and outdoors.
  • Visiting the project website for the latest project updates and materials as the planning process continues through the summer.

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City of Chattanooga Earth Day

the Big Clean 

April 23, 2022 - In celebration of Earth Day 2022, the City of Chattanooga is organizing a citywide beautification day. Come out and join the Big Clean!! Earth Day 2022 will feature litter cleaning activities, flower planting and landscaping at our community centers. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There will be nine locations city-wide for participation, we invite you to choose your neighborhood site and join the effort to help clean up! Let's plant some Care!

Plogging at the East Lake Location!!   

Plogging is a new fitness trend that combines jogging and picking up trash. It's getting popular now, and for a good reason. As a beneficial stress relief activity it supports the community with beautification side-effects!

Registration: Click image  for a list of all opportunities

 

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Southside Community Park ribbon cutting

March 26, 2022 - Residents and the community are invited to attend the Southside Community Park ribbon cutting on Saturday from 2 - 5 p.m. The Mayor will be on hand to sign a proclamation declaring the 10-minute-walk commitment, to ensure that everyone in our city has safe, easy access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

 Southside Community Park

 

St. Elmo Park ribbon cutting

March 10, 2022 - Residents of Chattanooga gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the BlueCross Healthy Place at St. Elmo Park. The new playground features include:

  • Challenge course
  • Fitness station
  • Accessible play areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12
  • Swing set
  • Community lawn

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Sterchi Farms Trailhead

March 2022 - The trailhead at Sterchi Farms along the South Chickamauga Greenway reopens this month after extensive reconstruction and improvements. 

 

 

Riverwalk Closure and Detour at Chestnut Trailhead

Please be Advised, TDOT is rebuilding a bridge over the Riverwalk which requires closure of a trail section near the Chestnut Street trailhead. There is a re-route during the anticipated 9 month closure. The image below shows the area impacted, the dashed red line is the detour route. Closure begins August 9 2021. Projected re-opening is in May 2022.

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Greenway Farm - Conference Center Renovation Construction

Spring 2022 - Construction for the new Greenway Farm Conference Center is nearing completion.  During this time, we are asking the public to use the Gann Store Rd Entrance, instead of the Hamill Rd entrance.  The restrooms at the dog park are reopened.  All other amenities will remain accessible at the park, including the dog park.  Please pay attention around construction areas and equipment.  

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South Chickamauga Creek Greenway - April 2022 Update

The Trust for Public Land and City of Chattanooga have partnered to construct the final, 3-mile section of the 12-mile greenway, which will connect the 275-acre Camp Jordan to the Tennessee Riverwalk. The greenway runs parallel to the creek through the middle of metropolitan Chattanooga (see map). The design of the greenway works around and highlights the natural beauty of the creek, providing elevated views of the water, landscape and topography, while minimizing impact to the environment. The greenway provides access to educational, cultural, recreational, and economic resources. 

  

Public Notice: Walnut Street Bridge Renovation & Potential Coolidge Park Impacts

The City of Chattanooga - Department of Public Works in coordination with the Tennessee Department of Transportation is proposing to renovate the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge.  Please see this  PUBLIC NOTICE  for information on potential impacts to Coolidge Park.  Tentavely, construction is set to begin in Fall 2021, subject to change. 

 

Stringers Ridge Trail Closures

Due to a mudslide during storms in February of 2019, the following sections of Stringers Ridge are currently closed:

  • Cherokee Trail from Bell Ave trailhead to Baldydash
  • Valdeau Crossing Trail.
  • Bell Ave parking area.

The City encourages trail users to park at Spears Ave & enter trails from there. 

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200 River St
Chattanooga, TN 37405
specialevents@chattanooga.gov

Photo by Phillip Stevens and Matt Lea