The Chattanooga Times Free Press has invited readers to e-mail into Mark Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org any questions or suggestions they might have about Riverbend:
Suggestion/comment: Riverbend is great! I’m new to downtown Chattanooga and I plan to stay, but there is one major problem associated with the festival for me. I, like many others who attend, am confined to a wheelchair. Most of the (too few) curb cuts are blocked by vendors. For example, there is almost no way to get to the AmSouth Stage. Also, there are several corners approaching the Walnut St. Bridge area that do not have curb cuts. Walnut and 3rd, and Walnut and 2nd are two examples.
Reply: There is a ramp that goes down to the AmSouth Stage, said Chip Baker, executive director of Riverbend. It’s by the child evangelism/face painting tent, he said. There’s a cut in the street and a ramp that goes straight down to the AmSouth state — it’s very open.
And, Mr. Baker added, they try to place vendors where they are not blocking handicap access, or if they do, we try to make sure there is accessibility elsewhere.
Mr. Baker said he appreciates the comment and wants to take to heart what people have to say. That helps us a lot.