East Ridge, Tenn.

East Ridge, Tenn.

June 2nd, 2016 by Gabrielle Chevalier in FYI - 2015

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Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Gallery: East Ridge, Tenn.

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Location: East Ridge is the first town motorists enter as they cross from Georgia into Tennessee on Interstate 75. With its southern border on the Georgia line, the rest of the town is surrounded by Chattanooga.

Size: 8.3 square miles

Founded: 1921

Population: 21,317

Government: The town features a five-member City Council, which includes the mayor. The council appoints a city manager.

Attraction: A Bass Pro Shops is expected to open in 2016 and bring a new wave of retail development in town. To learn more about the city's history, peruse old memorabilia at the East Ridge History and Archive. The center, located at 1510 Tombras Ave., is open by appointment only.

Schools: East Ridge Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, East Ridge Middle, East Ridge High, Belvoir Christian Academy, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Landmark: Camp Jordan has long been the pride of East Ridge, with 275 acres of recreation fields, walking trails and performance centers. The park attracts a range of tournaments, concerts, events and conventions to the city.

Fun fact: Camp Jordan is home to a 19-hole disc golf course, which spans the entire length of the park. It was designed in 2012 to be a championship course. Camp Jordan also is the starting point of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, a multi-use trail and boardwalk that runs from East Ridge to metropolitan Chattanooga.

Quote: "I'm seeing an influx of younger people in this area and I think that's because it is so convenient to anything. I can be anywhere in the city in 10 to 15 minutes and it's great." Haley Brown, East Ridge resident