Can a refurbished park bring back East Lake?

East Lake Neighborhood Association president Lisa Davis poses for a portrait at East Lake Park on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The city is planning to refurbish the park.
photo Miguel Lopez, Juan Lopez, and Cidani Agustin-Perez play soccer at East Lake Park on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The city is planning to refurbish the park.

Can a few thousand fish pull a neigh borhood together?

Lisa Davis, president of the East Lake Neighborhood Association, thinks it - plus other improvements to the community's park - is worth a try.

So does the city of Chattanooga and the Lyndhurst Foundation, which are splitting $800,000 in costs to refurbish East Lake Park.

The park - home to the city's first zoo, and once a destination for residents and visitors - is the centerpiece of a what used to be a solidly middle-class community at the foot of Missionary Ridge.

But