Parks and Playgrounds

Parks and Playgrounds

June 2nd, 2016 by Staff Report in FYI - 2015

The Pumpkin Patch Playground is located at 1836 Taft Hwy, Signal Mountain.

Photo by Jay Bailey /Times Free Press.

The Pioneer Frontier playground is photographed in East Ridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Pioneer Frontier playground is photographed in East...

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

Playgrounds

Many parks in Hamilton County also feature playgrounds, and several cities have built large community playgrounds with multiple structures, including slides, swings, climbing rails, wooden forts and mazes. Among these are:

  • Imagination Station in Collegedale (423-468-1935).
  • Mountain Maze on Lookout Mountain (423-821-6212).
  • Kids Corner in Red Bank (423-877-1103, ext. 1050)
  • Pioneer Frontier in East Ridge (423-867-7711).
  • Pumpkin Patch in Walden (423-886-4362).
  • Scramble Alley in Soddy-Daisy (423-332-5323).

 

Hamilton County is also home to 41 elementary schools whose playgrounds are generally available for after-school, weekend and summer visits. See the list at hcde.org.

The city of Chattanooga operates 18 Youth and Family Development community centers equipped with outdoor spaces that include playgrounds, sports fields and walking trails. Find out more at chattanooga.gov/youthandfamily/youth-family-development-centers.

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Chattanooga and Hamilton County are known for their green spaces and places for people to play. The following list will help you make a choice on which parks to explore in the city, suburbs and county.

Downtown Chattanooga, Southside

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Aquarium Plaza and The Passage Riverfront

1 Broad St.

Restrooms, drinking fountains.

Ben Miller Park

1059 W. 40th St.

(managed by Hamilton County)

Picnic tables, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, picnic tables.

Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park

1801 Reggie White Blvd.

Dog park.

423-757-2076

Chattown Skate Park

1801 Reggie White Blvd.

423-757-2076

Skate park with ramps for roller bladers, skateboards and BMX bike riders, hockey rink with scoreboard, bleachers and pro shop, restrooms, pavilion and drinking fountain.

Fort Negley Park

1704 Mitchell Ave.

Playground, pavilion.

Jefferson Street Park

1800 Jefferson St.

Playground, pavilion.

Main Terrain Art Park

On Broad Street between Main and 13th streets.

Part art park, part fitness center and part stormwater retention pond, the outdoor attraction is encircled by a walkway with five exercise stations and three large interactive sculptures in the middle that mimic the shape of the Walnut Street Bridge.

Miller Park

928 Market St.

Benches, fountain and green space.

Park Place Park/Thomas Benton Park

1003 E. 10th St.

Playground, restrooms.

Ross's Landing Park

100 Riverfront Parkway

Across from the Tennessee Aquarium

River pier, marina, natural amphitheater, playground.

Shelia M. Jennings Westside Park

1200 Grove St.

Walking trail, playground, pavilion, recreation center with gym.

St. Elmo Park

4909 St Elmo Ave.

Pavilion, walking path, playground.

Tennessee Riverpark & Riverwalk

4301 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga

(managed by Hamilton County)

Stretches along the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Dam to downtown Chattanooga. The landscaped and lighted concrete trail features artwork as mile markers so walkers and bicycle riders can gauge their progress. Includes two boat ramps, six fishing piers (five covered and three handicap accessible), picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds.

North Chattanooga

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Coolidge Park

150 River St.

Antique carousel, pavilion, interactive play fountain, climbing wall, picnic areas.

Frances B. Wyatt Park

406 Colville St.

Ballfield, tennis court, playground, recreation center.

Hill City Park

18 Trewhitt St.

Playground.

Maclellan Island

Tennessee River below Veterans Bridge

423-892-1499

Enclosed shelter, picnic area, observation platform, boat dock.

Mountain Creek Park

1102 Mountain Creek Road, at base of Signal Mountain

Walking trail.

North Chattanooga Park

406 May St.

Ballfields, recreation center, indoor gym.

Renaissance Park

100 Manufacturers Road, adjacent Coolidge Park

Trails, picnic area, overlooks, hills for sliding.

Rivermont Park

1096 Lupton Drive

Picnic pavilions, shelters, a walking trail, tennis courts, boat ramp, four ballfields, tennis complex, handicap-accessible playground.

Riverside Park

1004 Crutchfield St.

Playground, pavilion.

Riverview Bird Sanctuary

1621 Riverview Road

Neighborhood green space.

Riverview Park

1000 Barton Ave.

Outdoor amphitheater, playground, two tennis courts, picnic tables, grills.

Stringer's Ridge

Accessible from trailheads at Spears Avenue, Bell Avenue and Highridge Drive.

The 92-acre urban wilderness park takes day hikers, cyclists and trail runners to a ridge that overlooks the Tennessee River and can be viewed clearly from the downtown waterfront. Hiking and mountain bike trails range in difficulty from beginner, family-friendly to intermediate level.

Sylvan Park

700 Franklin St.

Passive bird sanctuary.

White Oak Park

798 Ben Miller Parkway, Red Bank

423-877-1103, ext. 1050

Playground, picnic pavilion, dog park.

Brainerd, East Ridge

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Brainerd Park

1010 N. Moore Road, Brainerd

Tennis courts, recreation center, indoor basketball court, computer lab, game room, indoor heated pool, community rooms.

Camp Jordan

Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge

423-490-0078

Picnic pavilion, 13 baseball fields, nine soccer fields, amphitheater, sand volleyball court, fishing pond, child play area, two-mile walking track.

Tacoa Park

5205 Tacoa Circle, Brainerd

Walking trail, playground, pavilion.

Lookout Mountain/Lookout Valley

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center

400 Garden Road

423-821-1160

Animal exhibits, canoe rental and launch, boardwalk, hiking and horse trails, visitor center. $8 admission fee.

Lookout Valley Park/Warren Park

370 Warren Place, Lookout Valley

Playground, ballfields, restrooms and drinking fountains.

John A. Patten Park

3202 Kellys Ferry Road, Lookout Valley

Ballfields, recreation center, playground, walking trail.

Point Park

The end of East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain

423-821-7786

Monuments, historical markers, trails, scenic views, visitor center. $3 entry fee.

East Brainerd

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Audubon Acres

900 N. Sanctuary Road

423-892-1499

Visitor center, picnic area, field, four miles of hiking and walking trails. $4 admission fee.

Batter's Place

8011 Batters Place Drive, East Brainerd

Ballfields, tennis courts, dugouts, concession stand, restrooms, water fountains, clubhouse/locker room, press box.

Benham Williams Park

405 Williams Drive

Playground, park pavilions.

Heritage Park

1428 Jenkins Road, East Brainerd

This 22-acre park features a 3,200-foot walking track, picnic tables and grills, and a bocce ball court, as well as two creeks and acres of meadows. Its off-leash dog park is by paid membership ($25 annually) through McKamey Animal Center (423-305-6502).

Standifer Gap Park

8327 Standifer Gap Road

(managed by Hamilton County)

423-842-0177

Football field, baseball fields, sand volleyball court, eight lighted tennis courts, half-mile asphalt walking track, playground.

Harrison, Tyner, Bonny Oaks

For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311.

Booker T. Washington State Park

5801 Champion Road, Harrison

423-894-4955

Boat ramps, swimming pool, playgrounds, volleyball, horseshoe pit, group lodge.

Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Drive

(managed by Hamilton County)

423-893-3500

Comprises 2,800 wooded acres with historical exhibits, miles of walking paths, bicycle paths and off-road biking trails, handicap-accessible trail, areas for picnics and a small lake.

Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Road, Harrison

423-344-6214

Campsites, swimming pool, boat ramps, hiking and mountain bike trails, fishing, golf course, picnic area, volleyball, tennis courts, horseshoe pit.

Harrison Recreation Area

5637 Highway 58, Harrison

(managed by Hamilton County)

423-344-3314

Baseball, softball, football.

Meadowview Park

11201 Meadowview Road, Harrison

(managed by Hamilton County)

Basketball court, horseshoe pits, half-mile asphalt walking track, two softball fields, playground equipment.

Lake Hills Park

4395 Bellview Ave., Bonny Oaks

(managed by Chattanooga)

Picnic tables, half-mile walking trail, park benches.

Lakeside Park

4800 Swan Road, Tyner

(managed by Chattanooga)

Tennis courts, ballfields.

Redoubt Park

6900 Bonny Oaks Drive

423-899-4180

Soccer complex.

Shepherd Fitness Park and Disc Golf

2124 Shepherd Road, East Brainerd

(managed by Chattanooga)

Ballfield, outdoor pavilion with stage, outdoor volleyball court, playground, recreation center with reading center, computer lab, full-size gym.

Tyner Park/East Brainerd Park

6900 Ty-Hi Drive, Tyner

(managed by Chattanooga)

Ballfields, recreation center with full-size gym, game room.

Washington Hills Park

4620 Oakwood Drive, Tyner

(managed by Chattanooga)

Football field, softball field, playground, recreation center with full-size gym.

Ooltewah, Apison, Collegedale

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Apison Community Park

11206 Old East Brainerd Road, Apison

(managed by Hamilton County)

Picnic shelter, walking tracks, tennis/basketball court, dog park, horseshoe pit.

Veterans Memorial Park

9300 block of Apison Pike, Collegedale

423-468-1935

Accessible only by foot, the 2-acre park is along the greenway path across the street from the Collegedale Public Library. Plaques, monuments and a timeline of conflicts pay tribute to veterans. An M48 Patton tank and a Cobra attack helicopter are on display.

Summit of Softball Complex

8646 La Collina Way, Ooltewah

83-acre park with eight softball fields, hospitality areas, walking trail.

Wolftever Creek Greenway

West trailhead at Collegedale City Hall, 4910 Swinyar Drive; east trailhead at 9408 Apison Pike.

Collegedale

423-468-1935

Offers a two-mile paved trail, restrooms, playground, two picnic tables, handicap access. Passes through Veterans Memorial Park (see listing below).

Hixson, North Hamilton County

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Hamilton County. For information or to reserve any park managed by the county, call 423-842-0177. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Chester Frost Park

2318 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson

Features nine fishing piers, two boat ramps, 200 campsites, swimming area with sand beach, sand volleyball court, tennis court, picnic tables, playgrounds.

DuPont Park

4500 N. Access Road, Hixson

North River Soccer Complex, disc golf course, concessions building, playground, restrooms, picnic pavilions, drinking fountains.

Falling Water Falls Natural Recreation Area

Access on Forest Park Drive on Signal Mountain and Levi Road in Soddy-Daisy

423-886-4362

132-acre natural area, 110-foot waterfall, cave, trail.

Greenway Farm

5051 Gann Store Road, Hixson

(managed by Chattanooga)

220-acre site runs along North Chickamauga Creek and features clubhouse, nature trail, biking trails, scenic views, dog park, restrooms. North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy offers canoes and kayaks for rent.

Middle Valley County Park

1900 E. Crabtree Road, Hixson

Lighted tennis courts, football field, five baseball fields, four soccer fields, picnic shelters.

Shackleford Ridge Park

Sam Powell Drive, Signal Mountain

227 acres, lighted baseball and soccer fields, three-mile woodland trail, pavilion.

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway

2900 Harrison Pike, East Chattanooga

(managed by Chattanooga)

Paved trail that runs for 4.25 miles along South Chickamauga Creek.

Vandergriff Park

1414 Gadd Road, Hixson

423-843-9192

Soddy-Daisy

For information or to reserve any park managed by Soddy-Daisy, call 423-332-5323.

Kids Park

150 Depot St.

Basketball court, tennis court, playground, walking track, clay horseshoe court, lighted ballfields.

Veterans Park

9000 block of Dayton Pike

Walking track, pavilion, war memorial, gazebo, monuments of the Twin Towers, restrooms, lighted ballfields.

Scramble Alley Park

9835 Dayton Pike

Wood climbing maze for kids, picnic tables, pavilion, restrooms. Replica of historic Poe's Tavern is adjacent, with picnic tables and space for community events.

Holly Park

11606 Holly Circle

Boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms.

Mowbray Community Park

1709 Mowbray Pike

(managed by Hamilton County)

Picnic shelters, restrooms, tennis courts, asphalt walking track, softball field, outdoor basketball court, playground, grills.

Alton Park, St. Elmo, East Lake, Clifton Hills, South Chattanooga

Unless noted, all parks are managed by Chattanooga. For information or to reserve any park managed by Chattanooga, call 311 or 423-643-6311. For information or to reserve any park managed by Hamilton County, call 423-842-0177. Numbers for parks that don't fall under the county or city are included in the listing.

Ben Miller Park

1151 W. 40th St., Alton Park

(managed by Hamilton County)

Community building, tennis courts, sand volleyball, restrooms, picnic tables.

Caruthers Park

3300 Brannon Ave., East Lake

Shaded walking trail, playground, ballfield, picnic area.

Church Street Park

3813 Church St., Alton Park

Swing set, horseshoes.

East Lake Park

3000 E. 34th St., East Lake

Scenic pond (no fishing), playground, tennis courts, picnic pavilion, amphitheater, senior adult building.

Harris Johnson Park

41 W. 28th St., Alton Park

Picnic area, playground, walking trail.

Park City Park

2606 Cannon Ave., Clifton Hills

Playground.

Pringle Park

2613 Long St., Alton Park

Playground.

South Chattanooga Park

1151 W. 40th St., South Chattanooga

Outdoor walking track, tennis courts, ballfields, full-size gym, indoor pool, dance studio.

East Chattanooga

Unless noted, all parks managed by Chattanooga, 311 or 423-643-6311.

Warner Park

1254 E. Third St.

423-697-1385

Chattanooga Zoo (admission required), softball complex, Olympic-size swimming pool, Spray & Play water park, picnic tables, fitness center.

Carver Park

600 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

Walking track, park benches, playground, ballfields, outdoor pools, disc golf course, recreation center.

East Chattanooga Park

2409 Dodson Ave.

Softball field, playground, recreation center, indoor basketball court.

Avondale Park

1305 Dodson Ave.

Playground, baseball fields, outdoor basketball court, tennis court, recreation center.

Eastdale Park

1312 Moss Drive

Ballfields, recreation center.

Glenwood Park

2610 E. Third St.

Tennis courts, recreation center.

Montague Park

1151 E. 23rd St.

Rugby field, large-scale outdoor art exhibition.

Riverside Park

1004 Crutchfield St.

Playground, pavilion.

Roy Nelms Park

1609 W. 41st St., St. Elmo

Gazebo, benches.

Tatum Park

1609 Union Ave.

Picnic pavilions, walking trail.

Watkins Street Park

2411 E. 12th St.

Playground, picnic pavilion.