University Greenway dedicated
Congressman Zach Wamp addresses the crowd
at the dedication as Tommie Brown
Academy students look on.
Mayor Ron Littlefield, County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Congressman Zach Wamp, UTC Chancellor Roger Brown and Bobby Davenport from the Trust for Public Land joined community representatives in dedicating the newly completed University Greenway.
The long anticipated Greenway stretches from the Martin Luther King neighborhood, through the Tommie Brown Academy, across the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus to the Riverwalk. The greenway consists of an 8 foot wide concrete sidewalk, landscaping, bollard lighting throughout the length of the trail and appropriately marked crosswalks at street intersections.
“I am very excited that we have finally been able to complete this great project which connects neighborhoods in our community to the Riverwalk,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. “The University Greenway is a great investment and important community amenity because of the tremendous links it creates between the elementary school, the MLK community, UTC and our highly acclaimed Riverwalk—which now stretches from the Chickamauga Dam to Ross’s Landing.”
Cutting the ribbon the new University Greenway
are (l-r) Anita Polk Conley, MLK District resident,
Bobby Davenport, Trust for Public Land;
Shanna Love and Kolton Luke, Brown Academy
students; Congressman Wamp, Mayor Littlefield,
County Mayor Ramsey, and Chancellor Brown.
The $1.1 million dollar linear park extends from MLK Boulevard to East 5th Street with a connection to the Riverwalk down 5th Street to Mabel. More than $800,000 of the project was funded through a State of Tennessee Transportation Enhancement grant which required a funding match from a private foundation. The Lyndhurst Foundation provided that match which allowed the project to be completed. The Trust for Public Land did the work of assembling all of the real estate easements necessary to create this public access trail.
The new Greenway is an added investment in the growing and thriving MLK neighborhood. The Greenway is expected to be used by the Elementary school, neighborhood residents, and University students, faculty and staff. Community leaders hope that eventually this Greenway may continue south following the old rail bed into the Southside.
The City and UTC will share in the maintenance responsibilities for the Greenway.
August 26, 2005