Chattanooga Receives Grant Funding To Support Participation in 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The City of Chattanooga will receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as part of their 10-Minute Walk Campaign. The grant funding will be used to support city planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk.

The 10-Minute Walk campaign is led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land (TPL), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).


One of 12 cities selected to receive this grant funding, Chattanooga currently has 36 percent of its people living within a 10-minute walk of a park. As a result, the city is focusing its efforts on infrastructure improvements like improved sidewalks and bike lanes along with new trails and greenways. The city will also develop a new Parks and Greenways Master Plan that highlights access and park equity. The grant funding provided by NRPA will help strengthen these efforts and provide access to a variety of tools and resources, including TPL’s Park Serve and Parkology and ULI’s Advisory Services.    


"Parks play a critical role in the health and well-being of our communities,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “Chattanooga is proud to be connecting all of our residents to local parks. From greenways and playgrounds to hiking and biking trails, Chattanoogans should possess options for activities and community gatherings."  


Launched in 2017, the 10-Minute Walk campaign establishes the ambitious goal that everyone in the United States should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. A bipartisan group of nearly 200 mayors have joined this effort, which calls for major advances in park finance and construction; zoning changes to encourage park development; embedding this goal into city park’s master plans; and the expansion of “joint use” agreements that open school playgrounds, tracks, and gyms for public use after hours and on weekends, among other policies.


Studies show that high-quality parks provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents and cities themselves. These include physical and mental health benefits, by providing opportunities to be physically active and to interact with nature; economic benefits by boosting business and helping to revitalize neighborhoods; community-building benefits by providing opportunities for neighbors to interact with each other and work together to improve their surroundings; and environmental benefits by cleaning and cooling the air, improving climate resilience, and providing opportunities for environmental education.


Major funding for the 10-Minute Walk campaign is provided by The JPB Foundation.   


To learn more about the 10-Minute Walk campaign, visit www.10minutewalk.org.

To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.   




Renaissance Park Receives Spruce-Up On National Public Lands Day 2018

To celebrate National Public Lands Day last Saturday, the City of Chattanooga Department of Public Works’ Parks Division partnered with GreenSteps to host a Spruce-Up project at Renaissance Park. The beautification of an underutilized area in Renaissance Park and an addition to the park’s existing amenities were the goals of this spruce-up. Ten volunteers and staff picked ... (click for more)

USA, UAW Host Youth Fishing Event To Dedicate Piers At Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp On Chickamauga Lake

Kids of all ages wet their lines Saturday at a youth fishing event at the Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp on Chickamauga Lake outside Chattanooga. Hosted by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and United Auto Workers Local 42, the free event celebrated a new courtesy pier and restored fishing pier at the site.  Youth received a complimentary fishing rod and reel provided by Pure ... (click for more)

County Schools Delay Start 1 Hour Due To Flooding; Numerous Roads Flooded Or Experiencing Standing Water

Hamilton County Schools delayed the start of school one hour on Wednesday due to heavy rains overnight that flooded some roads in the area.  Public safety officials are reporting several trees across roads which may cause some buses to be rerouted.  The one extra hour will provide daylight to make the trip to school safer for buses and young student drivers, officials ... (click for more)

Judge Denies New Trial For Unjolee Moore In 2010 Murder

Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has denied a new trial for a man convicted of a 2010 murder. Unjolee Moore, at a recent hearing, claimed that he made a confession after being beaten by a detective and held for over 13 hours while handcuffed behind his back. He a lso said he had ineffective assistance of counsel. His current lawyer, Daniel Murphy, said he was able to obtain ... (click for more)

Why I'm Voting Republican And So Should You

For much of my life, the commitment to the Democratic Party has puzzled me. I was raised to analyze both sides of issues and to make an intelligent decision based upon that information. The values of self-reliance, hard work, and individual liberty that I grew up with were the same American values that have made this country exceptional. As I have grown older, I have witnessed ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT’s Genius Stroke

If all goes as (very carefully) planned, the most dynamic president to be hired at the University of Tennessee since the legendary Andy Holt retired in 1970, will be ushered into office today by the university’s board of trustees. The selection of Randy Boyd to take over his ala mater is a genius stroke and certainly seems to solidify two of life’s greatest truths. The first ... (click for more)