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Additional $4.1 million proposed for parks in Chattanooga’s FY25 budget

The Kelly Administration plans to incorporate more funds in its FY25 budget proposal for the Parks and Outdoors Department. Let’s see where the money could go.

An aerial shot of Coolidge Park and the Tennessee River during a pink sunset.

These additions would bring the Parks and Outdoors Department’s total capital funding over $16 million in the FY25 budget.

Photo by @tvernier

The Kelly Administration is tweaking the numbers of its proposed capital FY25 budget to set aside an additional $4.1 million for Chattanooga’s Parks and Outdoors Department.

The new funding will be used to address the identified areas of growth within the Parks and Outdoors Plan — which has a “fix, build, connect, and preserve” approach. Let’s see what these money trees can sprout:

  • $1 million to repair + maintain existing neighborhood parks.
  • $1 million to install lighting at Rivermont Park (supporting racquetball + youth team sports).
  • $1 million to acquire future locations of parks in underserved communities from voluntary sellers.
  • $500,000 for repairs + improvements along the 21st Century Waterfront.
  • $300,000 to prep the construction for the reimagined Montague Park.
  • $250,000 for expansions at the Chattanooga Zoo, enhancing animal care + educational programming.
  • $194,369 to maintain Chattanooga’s public art collection + install new works in the South Broad corridor.

City Council will vote on the budget on Tuesday, June 11 + Tuesday, June 18.