City Profile: Red Bank

City Profile: Red Bank

March 27th, 2011 in Chattanooganow2011

With strong community spirit, Red Bank shuts down Dayton Boulevard in the heart of town to host several festivals each year.

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

* Population: 12,418.

* Geographic area: Just west of downtown Chattanooga, Red Bank is comprised of Dayton Boulevard and its residential side streets.

* Date founded: 1955.

* Landmarks or geographic features: Mostly flat with some good sledding terrain at White Oak Park.

* Median income: $33,848.

* Unique characteristics: Red Bank is considered an enclave. Highway construction has left the city surrounded on all sides by Chattanooga.

* Most famous resident: Gerald Riggs Jr., who played football for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 2002-2005 and helped win a 2000 state championship as a running back for Red Bank High School.

* Historic info: In 1955, Red Bank was established as a home rule community, expressly to pass laws and ordinances as it saw fit.

* Unique traditions: Red Bank Jubilee, Red Bank Christmas Parade

* Schools: Alpine Crest Elementary, Red Bank Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Red Bank Middle, Red Bank High.

* Best-kept secret: For gooey, gut-busting excellence, opt for the chili-cheese dog at Dub's Place. Make it feel like summer with a chocolate-peanut-butter milkshake.

* Fun fact: For the last several years, Southern Restaurant has hosted a free Thanksgiving and Christmas lunch. Tips are donated to various charities, such as the Alzheimer's Association and T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.

With ample residential options along Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank has served as a bedroom community and primary gateway to downtown Chattanooga for 56 years.