After the previous mayor dismantled the parks department in 2013, the city has been struggling to establish a coordinated effort around designing and maintaining its parks, with nonprofits and other partners stepping in to fill the void. The current mayor is now focused on activating and programming parks, especially in low-income communities. This is an opportune time for a workshop to help the city establish roles, stronger partnerships, and better outreach to low-income and communities of color. In addition, this work will build on their 10-Minute Walk Campaign, as well as complement a city-wide park system master planning process kicking off this year. The Chattanooga Division of Open Spaces, The Trust for Public Land, and Chattanooga Design Studio have a history of successful collaboration and will be working together to host the workshop.
City Workshop: Chattanooga, TN