Park It In The City

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
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Trip End Dec 25, 1998


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Friday, August 1, 1997

Go with me? If you're looking for a spot to gather together for a birthday party, family picnic, or fresh-air time with friends, the best answer may be just down the street a ways.

Chattanooga maintains a variety of multi-use and special-focus parks. Miller Park is a downtowners haven, Montague and Warner Parks are a ball-players heaven.

The over-the-river and through-the-sky Walnut Street Bridge is one of the most stunning and user-friendly parks anywhere in the world. And Ross's Landing on the river and Boynton Park on the hill should be on your list if you like tracking the trails of time.

But back to that gathering. You want a covered pavilion, to keep the bound-to-happen thundershower from ruining the potato salad. You want a playground for the little kids and tennis courts for the big ones. And of course you want shade trees to stroll under as you talk about everything that's happened since you gathered last.

Who are you gonna call? Call 697-9710! That's the line for Chattanooga's "reservation" parks and it allows you to claim a space for your own private use. Let me show you two little gems, in quiet neighborhood settings, that just might fit your needs.

East Lake Park, terraced into the side of Missionary Ridge, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! The park has the requisite pavilions and playground, but its lovliest feature is a lily-padded duckpond complete with spraying fountains. Along the paved walking path that circles the pond, stone benches and stone overlooks let you choose your view. Fishing is allowed, but all adults must be accompanied by a kid!

Riverview Park nestles into that quiet corner just below the Barton Avenue curve into Hixson Pike. It was built in 1939 and has been renovated in recent times with brightly colored playground equipment and picnic tables in and around the pavilion. A large grassy area is fine for outdoor games and tall trees give you plenty of shade.

If you don't want to cook, stop in the Vine Street Bakery across the street for a sack lunch. Then spend some time in the park with people you love while the red crape myrtles bloom it up in the summer heat. See you there.

East Lake Park and Riverview Park, Chattanooga
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