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A gif of the Chattanooga Skate Park before + after showing a rendering of the new design
Looking at the next 25 years. |Photos via Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Department
“What about the skate park?”

That has been the million-dollar question ($3 million, to be exact) that has circulated throughout the skating community. Now, after the FY25 budget approval from the city, the Chattanooga Skate Park remodel is in motion, so let’s drop into the details.

For 25 years, the skate park at 1801 Reggie White Blvd. has been the city’s only dedicated space for skaters, and the journey for renovation has been a long one. Check out some headlines through the years:
The Chattanooga Skatepark Project picked up momentum in 2019 when the grassroots movement joined forces with the city. After a 10-year strategy report was created with the help of California Skateparks + community feedback, a whole new park is in store.

The Parks and Outdoors Department recently sat down with Lead Designer Jaxon Statzell to talk about the project. We’re skating over the highlights for you.

 Chattanooga Skate Park redesign layout

Even the non-skaters are gonna like this park remodel.

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Screenshot via Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors

Layout
The remodel will create a 30,000-sqft skatepark with poured-in-place concrete + will have a new entrance from West 20th Street with access to the riverwalk and street parking.

Equipment
There will be skateable art sculptures throughout the park + a variety of riding terrains. Think: Flow and backyard bowls, rails, and skateable landscaping (aka planters and sidings). Everything is also protected by metal edging for sustainability.

Bonus: After feedback from residents, features from street skating have been adapted into the plans — even mimicking a railing and gap from outside of the Tennessee Aquarium.

Rendering of Chattanooga Skate Park redesign

“Everything that’s going into this will be completely unique to Chattanooga.” — Jaxon Statzell.

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Screenshot via Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors

Amenities
The park won’t just be for the skaters. The multi-use design features a dog park, green spaces, a music stage, an area for food trucks, and more. There will also be a skateable compontent of the new restroom facility.

Note: The hockey rink will remain as is.

The updated drawings will go out to bid for construction in the coming weeks with projects to break ground in the fall + be completed by winter 2025.
 
Asked
 
Who was Chattanooga’s first pro skateboarder?

A. Chris Cole
B. Herbert Brown
C. Tony Crow
D. Jackie Long
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, June 26
  • Summer Book Sale | Wednesday, June 26-Saturday, June 29 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Downtown Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Browse through hundreds of low-priced books from all genres.
  • An Evening with George Lynch of Dokken | Wednesday, June 26 | 7 p.m. | Songbirds, 206 W. Main St., Chattanooga | $50 | See “one of the most popular and influential guitarists to emerge from the 1980s heavy metal scene” take the stage in the Scenic City.
  • Hands-On Baking 101 | Wednesday, June 26 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $71.21 | Spend the evening making your own NY-style cookies (aka half-baked texture on the inside) with a mix-in of your choosing.
  • Flashes in the Dark: Fireflies | Wednesday, June 26 | 8:30-9:15 p.m. | Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd., Rising Fawn, GA | Free | Learn facts about these glowing insects as you take a guided walk along the Overlook Trail — meet at the Interpretive Center.
Thursday, June 27
  • Barre 2 Bar | Thursday, June 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Riverview Park, 1857 Riverview Rd., Chattanooga | $5 | Join The Girls Chattanooga for an outdoor barre class + half-priced drinks from the Co-Op Frosé & Eatery.
Friday, June 28
  • Me Not Me, You Not You! Summer Soiree | Friday, June 28 | 6-10 p.m. | Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., Chattanooga | $25-$325 | Come dressed as your alter-ego for this dance party featuring a “battle of the cover bands,” live screen printing, and much more.
Saturday, June 29
  • Summerween | Saturday, June 29 | 6-10 p.m. | Patten Square, 818 Georgia Ave., Chattanooga | Free+ | Get the best parts of Halloween during the summer with costume contests, a watermelon carving content + trick-or-treating.
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🎟️ Score Broadway season tickets for two
Five rotating images showing scenes from five musicals coming to the Memorial Auditorium.
They say you never forget the magic of your first live musical. |Images by 6AM City
Right this way to Broadway.

We’re partnering with the Tivoli Theatre Foundation to give away two season tickets to the upcoming Broadway at Memorial 2024-2025 Season — yes, a whole season, featuring six Broadway shows running from October 2024 through July 2025 (valued at $1,200).

From iconic musicals like “Pretty Woman” and “Les Misérables” to contemporary classics that include “Hamilton” + “Six,” this Broadway season is sure to be as memorable as it is magnifique — and you (plus a friend) could be there for every magical moment.

Ready to enter? All you have to do is fill out this form now through Wednesday, July 3, at 12 p.m. ET. Our lucky ticket winner will be announced on Monday, July 8.

Pro tip: There’s a free bonus entry waiting for readers who make it to the end of the survey.
 
News Notes
 
Transit
  • Hamilton County has been awarded a grant of up to $200,000 from TDOT to study the potential benefits of constructing a bridge that would connect areas near Birchwood and Soddy-Daisy. Notably, the study will include a cost-benefit analysis + a review of travel demand and traffic patterns for the area. (Chattanoogan.com)
Civic
  • Hamilton County Sheriff Austin Garrett has named Captain Mark Hooper as the department’s new deputy chief of law enforcement. Hooper has served with HCSO for 40 years + will oversee the “day-to-day operation of Law Enforcement Services” in his new role.
Cause
  • Due to temperatures consistently reaching above 90º, The Salvation Army is urgently seeking box fan and bottled water donations, as part of its Beat the Heat campaign. Donations can be dropped off at the 800 McCallie Ave. location or folks can make a financial contribution online.
Announced
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area announced it will open up online applications to select future homeowners on Tuesday, July 2. Applications will close on Wednesday, July 31 — see if you qualify. (The Pulse)
Biz
  • In case you missed it, Tanasi Brewing & Supplies has closed its Riverfront location and is moving. The brewery shared it will be relocating to 3701 Hixson Pk., next door to Infinity Flux comic book store. Follow the brewery’s Facebook page for updates on its opening.
Arts
  • The Bright School has been honored by the Tennessee Arts Academy (TAA) Foundation as one of three 2024 TAA Arts Rich Schools of the Year. These schools are recognized “for their exceptional commitment to arts education.”
Plan Ahead
  • The second annual For the Culture Festival will return on Saturday, Sept. 21. The festival is currently seeking performing artists (think: musicians, dancers, and spoken word poets), artisans, crafters, and food vendors to participate. Learn more + apply online.
Holiday
  • The McLemore Resort is throwing one heck of a Fourth of July Weekend celebration. Sitting just outside of Nooga, Carnival Americana will include live music, family-friendly games + activities, food, drink, and, of course, a spectacular firework show to end the evening. Kids 12 and under are free.*
Edu
  • Want to avoid large sums of college debt? Save money by completing the first two years of college at ChattState — or earn a fast-track, hands-on learning certificate in the skilled trades industry for a high-demand career with great lifelong earning potential (plus little to no debt).*
Health
Finance
  • This card is a cash rewards dream, ft. unlimited cash rewards on purchases, a $200 bonus after spending $500, and a long intro APR on purchases + balance transfers. Reward seekers, say it with us: Cha-ching.*
 
 
Now Open
 
☕️ Start your day with a new coffee place
The outside of Rêve Coffee and Books with a Support Local decal on the door
It’s that support local espresso. |Photo by Rêve Coffee and Books
If you think there’s nothing better than a mug of coffee and a book, then let us fill your cup with Hixson’s newest shop: Rêve Coffee and Books.

This family-owned store, located at 1948 Northpoint Blvd., isn’t just supplying folks with their morning Joe — expect local touches throughout the space.

The menu features beans sourced practically around the corner from Brillo Beans Roasting Co., a small-batch roastery that got started back in 2023. Rêve also carries Nashville-based High Garden Tea — learn about the ecoherbalism behind each drink.

Getting to the and books portion of the shop, you can also expect to see local authors on the shelves. Find out what books from P.E. Craven, Billie Bang + George Valadie you can read.

Bonus: Pick your genre for the July Book Clubs.
 
The Buy
 
A margarita pool float (yes, that’s a thing — complete with a giant lime).
 
 
The Wrap
 
Haley Bartlett.png Today’s edition by:
Haley
From the editor
I have a little challenge for you all — over the weekend I was feeling extra nostalgic and wanted to share a look at an older Chattanooga. Thanks to one of our followers @thattherecorey, I am equally curious about where slide three would be now (and would love a recreation photo). Let me know where you think it is.
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