BlueCross foundation to help fund new equipment at St. Elmo park

St. Elmo park gets a boost next year after Highland Park is funded in 2020

Contributed rendering by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee / Rendering shows aerial view of the proposed changes for the St. Elmo Park to be made in 2021 through a grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation.

After helping to fund the revamp of Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga and a new playground and school recreation field in Highland Park over the past four years, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation will help add more exercise and playground equipment at the St. Elmo park in 2021.

The Chattanooga-based health insurer said it is marking its 75th year by donating $7.5 million to enhance healthy places at parks across Tennessee, including $750,000 for fitness and fun improvements to the city park in St. Elmo. Construction on the projects is scheduled to begin next year and will be completed by the foundation's build partner, Chattanooga-based PlayCore.

"Our mission at BlueCross is serving our neighbors, and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 75th anniversary than by giving Tennesseans more spaces to connect with one another and pursue healthy activities together," Roy Vaughn, executive director of the BlueCross Foundation, said in an announcement of the park funding.