Parks for nature and play

Parks for nature and play

March 31st, 2013 in Fyi2013

Playgrounds

Many of the parks in Hamilton County also feature playgrounds, and several cities have built large, multistructure community playgrounds.

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)

• Pioneer Frontier in East Ridge (423-867-7711).

• Pumpkin Patch in Walden (423-886-3566).

• Scramble Alley in Soddy-Daisy (423-332-5323).

Hamilton County is also home to 46 elementary schools whose playgrounds are generally available for after-school, weekend and summer visits. See the list at www.hcde.org.

The city of Chattanooga operates 17 neighborhood community centers, equipped with outdoor spaces that includes playgrounds, sports fields and walking trails. Find out more at www.chattanooga.gov/parks-and-recreation/recreation27.

Chattanooga and Hamilton County are known for their green spaces and places for people to play. So scroll through the following list, pick one, two or three and visit. Explore the variety of parks in the city, suburbs and county.

Hamilton County

Chester Frost Park

2318 N. Gold Point Circle

Hixson

423-842-0177

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

Tennessee Riverpark

4301 Amnicola Highway

Chattanooga

423-493-9239

Stretches 10 miles 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, playgrounds.

Enterprise South Nature Park

Volkswagen Drive

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

Vandergriff Park

1414 Gadd Road

Hixson

Harrison Recreation

5637 Highway 58

Harrison

Redoubt Park

6900 Bonny Oaks Drive

Soccer complex.

Signal Mountain, Red Bank

Shackleford Ridge Park

4447 Shackleford Ridge Road

423-842-0177

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

Mountain Creek Park

1102 Mountain Creek Road

Walking trail.

White Oak Park

Midvale Avenue, Red Bank

423-877-1103, ext. 2

Playground, picnic pavilion, dog park.

Falling Water Falls Natural Recreation Area

136-acre natural area, 110-foot waterfall, cave, trail. Access on Forest Park Drive and Levi Road.

Downtown Chattanooga, Southside

Main Terrain

On Broad Street between Main and 13th streets.

Part art park, part fitness center and part stormwater detention pond, the city's newest 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.

Aquarium Plaza and The Passage Riverfront

1 Broad St.

Restrooms, drinking fountains.

Tennessee Riverpark

4301 Amnicola Highway

423-842-0177

Miller Park

928 Market St.

Benches, fountain and greenspace.

Ross's Landing Park

100 Riverfront Parkway

Across from the Tennessee Aquarium

River pier, marina, natural amphitheater, playground.

Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park

1785 Reggie White Blvd.

Dog park.

Chattown Skatepark

1801 Carter St.

423-757-2076

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

Jefferson Street Park

1800 Jefferson St.

Playground, pavilion.

Park Place Park/Ted Bryant Park

1003 E. 10th St.

Playground, restrooms.

Westside Park

1200 Grove St.

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

North Chattanooga

Coolidge Park

150 River St.

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

Renaissance Park

100 Manufacturers Road

North Shore adjacent to Coolidge Park

Trails, picnic area, overlooks, hills for sliding.

North Chattanooga Park

406 May St.

Ballfields, recreation center, indoor gym.

Rivermont Park

1096 Lupton Drive

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

Riverview Park

1000 Barton Ave.

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

Stringer's Ridge

901 Cherokee Boulevard

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.

Riverview Bird Sanctuary

1621 Riverview Road

Neighborhood green space.

Brainerd, Tyner, East Brainerd, East Ridge

Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Drive

423-893-3500

Historical exhibits, picnic areas, four miles of hiking trails, 10 miles of mountain bike trails, five miles of paved walking and bike roads, handicap-accessible trail.

Batter's Place

200 Jenkins Road

East Brainerd

Tennis courts, ballfields.

Benham Williams Park

430 Williams Drive

Playground, park pavilions.

Brainerd Park

1010 N. Moore Road

Tennis courts, recreation center, indoor basketball court.

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.

Heritage Park

1428 Jenkins Road

423-425-6311

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

423-842-0177

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

Audubon Acres

900 N. Sanctuary Road

423-892-1499

Visitor center, picnic area, field, four miles of hiking and walking trails.

$4 admission fee.

Lookout Mountain/Lookout Valley

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.

Point Park

The end of East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain

423-821-7786

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

Lookout Valley Park/Warren Park

370 Warren Place

Playground, ballfields, restrooms and drinking fountains.

John A. Patten Park

3202 Kelly's Ferry Road

Ballfields, recreation center, playground, walking trail.

Shepherd Park

2124 Shepherd Road

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

Tacoa Park

5205 Tacoa Circle

Walking trail, playground, pavilion

Ooltewah, Apison, Collegedale

Summit of Softball

Apison Pike

Softball and baseball complex with eight fields.

Apison Community Park

11206 Old East Brainerd Road

423-842-0177

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

Wolftever Creek Greenway

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

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

Veterans Memorial Park

9300 block of Apison Pike

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.

Hixson, Harrison, North Hamilton County

Chester Frost Park

2318 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson

423-842-0177

DuPont Park

4500 North Access Road

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

Greenway Farm

5051 Gann Store Road

Clubhouse, nature trail, scenic views, tennis courts, dog park.

South Chickamauga Greenway

2900 Harrison Pike

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

Middle Valley County Park

1900 E. Crabtree Road, Hixson

423-842-0177

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

Mowbray Community Park

1709 Mowbray Pike

423-842-0177

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

Meadowview Park

11201 Meadowview Road

423-842-0177

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

Soddy-Daisy

North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness

Montlake Road, Soddy-Daisy

423-842-1163

Swimming holes, eight miles of trails.

Kids Park

North end of Soddy-Daisy on Dayton Pike

423-332-5323

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

Veterans Park

9000 block of Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy

Walking track, pavilion, war memorial, gazebo, restrooms, lighted ballfields.

Scramble Alley Park

9835 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy

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, Soddy-Daisy

423-332-5323

Boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms.

Highway 58, Harrison, Bonny Oaks, Tyner

Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Drive

423-893-3500

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.

Booker T. Washington State Park

5801 Champion Road

423-894-4955

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

Lake Hills Park

4395 Bellview Ave.

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

Lakeside Park

4800 Swan Road

Tennis courts, ballfields.

Tyner Park/East Brainerd Park

6900 Ty-Hi Drive

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

Washington Hills Park

4620 Oakwood Drive

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

Alton Park, St. Elmo, East Lake

Ben Miller Park

W. 40th St.

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

Caruthers Park

3300 Brannon Ave.

Shaded walking trail, playground, ballfield, picnic area.

Church Street Park

3813 Church St.

Swing set, horseshoes.

East Lake Park

3000 E. 34th St.

Fishing pond, playground, tennis courts, picnic pavilion, amphitheater, senior adult building.

East Lake Recreation Complex

3610 Dodds Ave.

Ballfields, football field, playground, tennis courts, recreation center.

Harris Johnson Park

41 W. 28th St.

Picnic area, playground, walking trail.

Park City Park

2606 Cannon Ave.

Playground.

Pringle Park

2613 Long St.

Playground.

South Chattanooga Park

1151 W. 40th St.

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

East Chattanooga

Warner Park

1254 East 3rd St.

423-697-1385

Softball complex, swimming pool, Spray & Play water park, picnic tables.

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.

Frances B. Wyatt Park

406 Colville St.

Ballfield, tennis court, playground, recreation center.

Glenwood Park

2610 E. Third St.

Tennis courts, recreation center.

Riverside Park

1004 Crutchfield St.

Playground, pavilion, restrooms.

Tatum Park

1609 Union Ave.

Picnic pavilions, walking trail.

Watkins Street Park

2403 E. 12th St.

Playground, picnic pavilion.

Montague Park (under development)

1151 E. 23rd St.

423-757-5478

Six ballfields, concession stands, playground and grassy areas.