Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge awards rooftop deck and info kiosks

Contributed photo / The site of a proposed rooftop patio in downtown Chickamauga is above Droop Scoops and Phil's Primetime Pizza.

A rooftop deck in downtown Chickamauga and an educational tourism infobox for Rossville are in the works to enhance tourism in Walker County.

Following a "Shark Tank"-inspired pitch competition of five competitive proposals, both of these projects were awarded $2,500 at the second annual Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge on Oct. 17. Originally, the competition was for $5,000 in grant money, but the judges decided to split the prize between the two projects, citing the dual compatibility with the Walker Rocks mission to promote county businesses and tourism.

Kevin Martin, owner of Phil's Primetime Pizza in Chickamauga, said the grant would help to fund a multi-use rooftop deck atop his pizza joint and the attached ice cream shop, Droop Scoops.

The enclosed area has the potential to be used for hosting parties and gatherings as well as a great place to watch the city's Christmas parade or the Ironman competition, said Martin.