A three mile, $16 million expansion of the Tennessee Riverpark along the Tennessee River from downtown to the city's Southside near the foot of Lookout Mountain was dedicated mid-August. Since opening, Chattanooga’s linear park has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. CNN Travel named the Riverpark among the “World’s 10 Best City Running Trails”.
Unlike the openness of the first 10 miles, which leads trekkers through wetlands and wooded areas, the newest tract traverses a big chunk of the city’s industrial heritage. HIghlights include:
- Riverpark Amphitheater at Blue Goose Hollow – site of Bessie Smith’s first home and where she began singing for coins as a young girl
- Chattanooga Bike Share station
- Landscaped trail and green spaces
- New vistas of the Tennessee River
- Public art: Two large, significant pieces by internationally renowned sculptor Albert Paley and three other art pieces will be installed later this year