3-Year Long Grass-Roots Project Leads To Completed Pocket Park In Chattanooga’s Southside

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The Cowart Place Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Education, announced the scheduled completion of the Southside pocket park, named Water Tower Park, outside of Battle Academy School at 1601 S. Market St. The park size is 18,500 square feet.
 
The final round of funding needed was fulfilled at $45,000 by way of:
 
·      Benwood Foundation - $10,000
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·      Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham - $5,000
·      Hamilton County Councilman Tim Boyd - $5,000
·      Lyndhurst Foundation - $20,000
 
The final round of funding was used to complete the chess pavilion, ping-pong table, and several graphic signs that depict the history of the area. The park now also has benches and lighting.
 
Community residents and businesses have contributed funds, materials and volunteer hours over the past three years to bring Water Tower Park to life.
 
“The list of people responsible for making this happen is extensive, and it was all done locally,” said Heidi Hefferlin, Southside business owner, and president of the Cowart Place Neighborhood Association. “We want to continue to see this side of town grow and flourish; it’s a great place to work, live and play.”
 
The Cowart Place Neighborhood Association worked with Hamilton County Department of Education to create Water Tower Park.
 
"The Cowart Place Neighborhood Association is setting a good example for the entire community by taking the time to coordinate resources and build this pocket park,” said Gary Waters, Hamilton County’s Assistant Superintendent for Auxiliary Services. “Building the park on school property, is a win for the school and the Southside residents."
 

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled on Saturday at 1 p.m. for Water Tower Park, during the Mainx24 event. Chess, ping-pong and badminton games will follow. 

For more information about Water Tower Park, contact 423 266-3656.

  

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