The site of the future Provence Street Park. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
🌳 What is this accelerator?
The new program will work to address the root causes of park inequities — many of which are shared by cities participating in the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. How will these root causes be addressed? Primarily through policy change and innovation. Chattanooga + the other accelerator cities will field-test policy ideas over 12-15 months.
Chattanooga’s areas of focus will be:
Resourcing + sustaining high quality and inclusive community engagement — in other words, better engaging residents in park planning. (Speaking of… wanna give your input on the city’s parks and outdoors plan?Do that here.)
Decision-making that will maximize health, climate, community + equity outcomes in parks planning.
The coolest part? After this period of testing, the Trust for Public Land will use the findings to support scaling the model to additional cities. Aka, what happens in Chattanooga could create a model for cities across the nation to use.
🌳 To kick it all off…
As part of the Park Equity Accelerator, Mayor Kelly said that the city will scale up creation of new parks in neighborhoods that need it most — including on Olde Town Brainerd’s Provence Street, where he announced that a new park is slated for development.
Potential elements of the new park:
Play areas for kids
Native plants + animals, with all invasive species removed
Beehives, since several neighborhood residents work in beekeeping
Fruit gardens for the community
“[The future park site] isn’t the Stringers Ridge skyline, it’s not the iconic boardwalks and bridges of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, but the potential of Provence Street Park, and the transformative power of neighborhood parks can’t be overstated.” — Noel Durant, Trust for Public Land Tennessee State Director
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Rossville/BLVD Open Air Market | Fri., Aug. 5 | 4-8 p.m. | 207 Chickamauga Ave. | Price of purchase | Gather with the community for an afternoon of live music + local vendors and artisans.
Food Truck Friday | Fri., Aug. 5 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga, 5704 Marlin Rd. | Free+ | Stop by for lunch from one of many food trucks + vendors that will be on site. 🚚
Light Up Tennessee Hot Air Balloon Glow | Fri., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Camp Jordan Park | $20+ | Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy hot air balloons lighting up the night, vendors, and music.
Music & Movies in Miller | Sat., Aug. 6 | 6-10 p.m. | Miller Park | Free+ | “Sonic the Hedgehog” screens at dusk, but get there at 6 p.m. for live music, games + food trucks — this will be the last Music & Movies event this summer. 🍿
International Blues Music Day | Sat., Aug. 6 | 5-9 p.m. | Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens | Free+ | Celebrate locally with live music by Lon Eldridge, The Skip Cisto Band, The Robin Baker Blues Band + RA and the Flames.
12th Annual Open Car Show | Sat., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Camp Jordan Arena | Free+ | This free-to-spectators show will also feature a silent auction + vendors. 🚗
Sips & Drips Pop-Up | Sun., Aug. 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Adelle’s Creperie, 400 E. Main St. | Price of purchase | Enjoy $2 mimosas while shopping vintage vendors.
Where do you like to play pickleball in the Scenic City? | GIF via Giphy
It’s a Vlasic story, one you’ve likely heard many a time over the past few years — pickleball is all the rage.
The sport that shares similarities with tennis, table tennis + badminton (as well as other paddle ball sports) has gained popularity over the years, and Monday is a celebration of it all: National Pickleball Day.
Looking for where you can play? Check out the newly-converted pickleball courts in Red Bank, the Hixson Community Center, or the East Ridge Community Center. Bonus: the Tennessee Senior Olympics Pickleball Championships are coming soon to the Chattanooga Convention Center. 🥒
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Yesterday was Election Day for the State and Federal Primary + State and County General Election. Find election results via NewsChannel 9 here. 🗳️ (NewsChannel 9)
Through Sun., Aug. 7, customers who make a $5 donation to the CMN Hospital Bucket Days fundraiser at participating Ace Hardware stores will receive a five-gallon bucket + 20% off most everything that fits inside. Some exclusions apply, and all proceeds from bucket donations benefit the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the membership roster for its incoming Leadership Chattanooga class, a premier leadership development + civic engagement program for established professionals in the greater Chattanooga region.Congrats to the class of 2023.
Chatt State’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) program recently received VETS Campus certification, which is given to institutions that allocate resources for veterans’ successful transition from military services to college enrollment.
The SPLASH Youth Arts Workshop Summer Arts Festival will take place on Sat., Aug. 20 at Miller Park. This family-friendly festival will feature performers + artists as well as activities, crafts, games, live music, and dancing for the kiddos.
The Miracle League of Chattanooga — which provides those with disabilities “the ability to enjoy the game of baseball, the thrill of competition, and the excitement of teamwork” — is celebrating five years of miracle moments. The community is invited to celebrate on Sat., Sept. 17 with games, food, and more fun. ⚾ (The Pulse)
The first annual Plum Nelly Depot Arts and Craft Show will take place at the Trenton Community Center (~26-minute drive from downtown) on Sat., Aug. 20. Admission is free and local + regional artists will have their art displayed and available for purchase from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 🖼️
The 2022 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will present the Canossa Fall RallyWed., Oct. 12-Fri., Oct. 14 as part of its annual festival. $250from each entry will be donated to the NeuroScience Innovation Foundation + CHI Memorial. Interested participants can find further details here. 🏎️
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Editor’s pick: I’m thrilled that Chattanooga was chosen for this new parks program, and I love that we’re focusing on making parks more accessible. It’s difficult, but incredible, to imagine a city wherein everyone is within a 10-minute walk from a park, trailway, or greenspace. Seriously, how cool is that? I’m pumped to see the outcomes of the Park Equity Accelerator, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign in general, and our city’s Parks and Outdoors Plan.
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