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.   




Kayak Tour From Chattanooga To Brown’s Ferry Set For Aug. 31

The public is invited to participate in a free, four-hour, kayak tour with a ranger on Friday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. National Park Partners and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will sponsor an event where visitors will paddle down the Tennessee River, around the tip of Moccasin Bend, while learning about the much needed supply line to help lift the Confederate siege of Chattanooga. ... (click for more)

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Seeks Volunteers For Annual National Public Lands Day On Saturday, Sept. 22

Join volunteers across the nation on Saturday, Sept. 22, taking part in the 25 th annual National Public Lands Day - the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. This year the effort is being made to recognize NPLD events that highlight restoration and resilience. At Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, we will focus on a section ... (click for more)

Dallas Bay Baptist Church School Evacuated By Bomb Threat Tuesday Afternoon

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a bomb threat at Dallas Bay Baptist Church School on Tuesday.  As a precaution, all staff and children were evacuated from the building. They were moved to a secure location off-site near the school.  An all clear was given several hours later. All students at this time of been accounted for and have been ... (click for more)

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Family With Down Syndrome Child Who Sued County Schools

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a couple with a Down syndrome child who sued the county schools. The parents of Luka Hyde objected when the county schools tried to move him from his zoned school to a segregated school. The ruling says under federal law that students with disabilities are supposed to be placed in the least restrictive ... (click for more)

Thank You For Cleaning Up Brown's Tavern

Thank you to whomever is responsible for the massive clean-up project that began yesterday at Brown's Tavern in Lookout Valley.  It already looks 1,000 percent better. Ricky and T.J. Hendricks Smith  (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Speaks For ‘Sam?’

Fall classes began at the University of North Carolina on Monday and, before the day was spent, those in quest of a higher education were offered a great lesson. At about 9:30 at night in Chapel Hill – this in the university’s aptly-named Peace and Justice Plaza – a mob of about 300 defied UNC officials and state law by tearing down a Civil War statue. The statue, which was given ... (click for more)