Cooper: Plans for Lynnbrook Park will boost Oak Grove neighborhood

Contributed Photo / A park with some of the amenties of a typical playground will be a new concept for the Oak Grove neighborhood.

A Guatemalan immigrant-heavy community in a neighborhood called "the most promising residential tract ever opened in Chattanooga" more than a 100 years ago is a 2021 recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) park revitalization project.

Lynnbrook Park, in the Oak Grove community off East 23rd Street, will be the site of a $2.8 million project in which the city works with the association and a coalition of partners to transform a 1.4-acre space into a useful place for outdoor recreation and to correct a longstanding environmental problem.

The project - for which $750,000 is designated in the city's fiscal 2022 budget (with $500,000 rolling over from fiscal 2021) - is yet another example of the public-private partnerships which have distinguished Chattanooga for decades.

Annually, for more than a decade, NRPA has selected a Parks Build Community project based on criteria focused on an area where the impact would be extensive.