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Views of Point Park, November 2019 | @NOOGAtoday

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Morning, NOOGA. Chloé here, and I want to dream about getting outside. 

I live a couple of hundred feet from the Tennessee Riverwalk, and it’s saving my life right now. Being able to get out in a public space — while also keeping a safe distance from other people — feels more important now than usual. 

The City of Chattanooga announced Monday that all playgrounds in Chattanooga’s 84 parks are closed now. But the good news is that the other parts of the parks will stay open. City officials just ask that you stay 6 feet away from others, per the CDC’s recommendations.

We’re also lucky to have more than 9,000 acres and 80 miles of trails Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park nearby with locations just across the state line at the battlefield and atop Lookout Mountain at Point Park. Although visitors centers are closed, the parks are still open and — bonus — the fees have been suspended for Point Park. 

The National Park Service is updating details about closures and fees here. 

And if the Riverwalk and military park don’t tickle your fancy (yeah, I said that, just go with it) consider the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. The park’s 33 acres are free + open to the public during the day. 

Oh, and did I mention the park is home to nearly 40 gigantic sculptures created by artists all over the world? You can download the OtoCast app to hear from the artists themselves. 

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