Regional Tourism 

Thrive Regional Partnership

Planning for recreational needs and initiatives in the region is no easy task. This report provides insight to the activities, expenditures, and site preferences of residents who play outdoors in the 16-county region around Chattanooga. Responses from over 600 outdoor enthusiasts help to shape the future of recreational opportunities in southeastern TN.

Brief Report


Collegedale Parks and Recreation

This report provides the results of a study conducted for Collegedale Parks and Recreation by faculty and students at the University of TN, Chattanooga. Collegedale, located in the northeast corner of Hamilton County, TN, is home to McKee Foods and Southern Adventist University. Its geographic location, adjacent to Chattanooga and Cleveland, makes it an ideal setting for those seeking a small town culture with easy access to urban amenities. Collegedale is experiencing a population boon, making parks and green space planning an urgent priority. Key findings are presented regarding park usage, resident priorities, and recommendations based on national standards.

 Full Collegedale Parks and Recreation Report

Hamilton County Parks

Researchers attempted to determine how efficiently Hamilton County has fulfilled its mission of providing safe, well-maintained facilities to be used for recreational purposes by users of all age and ability.

Data were also collected to determine the profile of a typical park user and one's attitudes towards park development.  A majority of residents are pleased with the park system that is currently in place.  Most users also believe it increases one's level of physical activity, overall quality of life, and is a central part of Hamilton County's identity.

The most prominent type of visitor to the parks were social visitors, while sport and outdoor users made more frequent visits to parks.  This study could prove beneficial as a resource for supporting further development of the park system and a guide for policy making.

Executive Summary

Full Hamilton County Parks Report


Engel Stadium: Tourism Feasibility Assessment

Engel Stadium is a valuable asset to the Chattanooga community.  It has a rich history as a minor league baseball field and a prominent area landmark.  Its future is in question, as it sits on a highly sought after area of land.

This report attempts to determine the economic feasibility of turning Engel Stadium into a marketable tourist destination.  This study emphasizes the importance of capitalizing on the unique story of the park, and the possible economic benefit of turning the retired stadium into a tourist attraction.

Full Report 


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