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Week of Sept 26th-Oct 2nd, 2022

Public Lands Day #NaturePact

September 24th, 2022 - 
Make a #NaturePact when you connect with nature. Join us Saturday, Sept 24 to learn how Public Lands enhance the connection we share with nature. Land conservation and wildlife protection go hand in hand.
Nooga Naturalists Jim and Dawn will be leading an interpretive walk inviting participants to use their sense of smell, touch and hearing to connect with nature.
In addition, local native wildlife will be introduced with the participation of animal ambassadors from For Fox Sake Wildlife Rescue. They will provide opportunities to meet turtles, a real live bobcat, and possibly other creatures too.
All ages welcome. Sign-ups required.
No pets, please.

Outdoor Chattanooga will also offer a fully guided and equipped bike ride of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway. The tour is a 4 mile out and back (total of 8 miles), leisurely-paced ride, showcasing the renowned boardwalk section of trail that is elevated above the creek and meanders along with it. Participants are welcome to bring their own bikes for this tour, and bikes will be provided for riders 5’5 and taller. The ride is appropriate for all abilities of bicycle riders and for ages 8 and up. Youth must be accompanied by an adult and confidently ride a bike. 

Register: Public Lands Day #NaturePact

NoogaNaturalists Jim and Dawn



September 8th, 2022-The fall pool schedule is out!
Two indoor pools:
Brainerd Center-1010 North Moore Road
South Chattanooga Center-1151 West 40th Street.
Open swim/lap swim, water fitness, swim lessons and coached sessions for extra training, plus the Penguins swim team.
Just $1 for 17 and under and $2 for 18 and over a visit.
$2 for Coached training per session, great for athletes, triathletes and more.
Plus, for those looking for lifeguard training, we will offer free classes to help work on certification.
Swim lessons are available, but space is limited. $34 for an 8 week session.
We are also proud to host the Penguins swim team-The Penguin Swim Club is a swim program that provides competitive opportunities for swimmers with intellectual disabilities. We work on our strokes, build stamina and have fun! We participate in several out of town meets from November through May.
For more information, contact Peggy Grall at pgrall@chattanooga.gov




September 1st, 2022-Park Sparks returns! September 8th, Avondale Park ( 1305 Dodson Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37406) Come out for games, engagement and discussion! Open to ALL.
Park Sparks are series of park activities and activation around the city focusing on the under utilized parks within neighboring communities.
Our primary goal is to bring back community engagement and showing the communities that it doesn't take much to come outside and engage with one another in the simplest and most common place, the park! We will work with local partners, vendors, and each community center for more community engagement as we help provide the resources we have readily available for greater community involvement. And the best part is YOU get to be involved.

More Park Sparks planned later this month and in October!
Tacoa Park: 9/23/22 @ 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

October 2022
Eastdale Community Park: 10/07/22 @ 3 p.m. -6 p.m.
Southside Community Park: 10/21/22 @ 3 p.m. 6 p.m.
Tyner/East Brainerd Park: 10/28/22 @ 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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August 26th, 2022-Catalyst Climbing Tour! Catalyst Adaptive Climbing Tour - Chattanooga
Climbing clinics for individuals with physical disabilities coming Sept 17th.
Catalyst Sports will be coming to Chattanooga, TN as a part of the largest adaptive climbing tour in the country.
Where: High Point Climbing Gym (219 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402) from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
Who: There are opportunities for both participants and volunteers to sign up during this one day event.
The events are completely FREE and open to anyone with a physical disability to include spinal cord injuries, amputations and those with visual impairments.
To participate, volunteer, host a stop, sponsor the tour or learn more about this event and MORE Chattanooga Therapeutic recreation opportunities, please visit here

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August 25, 2022-Chattanooga DPO recreation division invites your family to a fun day at Carver Park! Right outside of Carver Community Center (600 N Orchard Knob Ave). This day will feature carnival games, bounce houses, food trucks ($), music and more. ALL FREE. This is a great way for youth and families to get outside and enjoy thier community park! September 17th from 10am-3pm. 

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August 2022. Great sports events to sign up for! Midnight basketball (Saturday evenings) return this Fall starting in September. Teens ages 13-18 are encouraged to gather their friends, create a team and compete! Games will be held at The Howard School-a safe and fun enviroment. To sign up-call Richard West at 423-6055

Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors is also accepting teams for our Fall softball leagues. Do you have a men's, women's, co-ed, church, company team that is intereted in playing at our state of the art Summit of Softball facility! Sight up. $450 a team that covers the season, officials, tourament and awards! Call Richard West at 423-6055 

More Recreation Community Celebration events coming:
Glenwood Center Park: September 24th - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
College Hills: September 24th - 1:00 pm - 6:00pm
John A. Patton Center Park : September 30th - 7:00 am - 11:00 pm (Movie Night, face painting, and games)
Warner Park: October 1st - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Washington Hills Center Park: October 15th - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shepherd Center Park: October 22nd - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brainerd Center Park: October 29th - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
*note* dates are subject to change.


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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. 



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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Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors
200 River St
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 643-7866

City of Chattanooga - Special Events
200 River St
Chattanooga, TN 37405

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