East Ridge's Camp Jordan Park Has Full Schedule Of Events

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The East Ridge Parks and Recreation Department is more than excited about the 2013 schedule of events at Camp Jordan Park, Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said.

He said he and his staff have worked to bring events to the city that provide economic impact to the East Ridge businesses, fun for the citizens and a memorable experience to the visitors.

"It's exciting to look at the calendar of events and see five World Series or National events coming to East Ridge," Martin said.

"Our I-75, Exit 1 location, the improvements that are being made to our fields and the East Ridge hospitality is a huge selling point for Camp Jordan Park."

Martin said that the Parks and Recreation staff and a supportive city council have worked together to make Camp Jordan a better place for entertainment, fun and relaxation.

"We are scheduling a grand opening for a new canoe launch soon and construction on a second canoe launch at Camp Jordan should begin before 2013 ends," Martin said. "The new 19-hole Camp Jordan Disc Golf course is busy almost every day with players facing the difficult challenge the layout provides."

Veteran Arena Supervisor Bill Owens has almost a full schedule of shows and events for the popular 34,000 square foot facility.

Gardening, Gun, Coin, Dog, Bird, and Reptile shows, consignment sales, Mixed-Martial Arts Fight Nights, The Alhambra Shrine Circus, Christian Cheerleaders of America and Indoor Soccer keep people coming back to Camp Jordan Arena.

A contract with Ring of Honor Wrestling was agreed upon this week to bring live wrestling to the Arena on Sept. 6.

“Bug-A-Paluza and the "Master Your Garden" Garden Expo packed Camp Jordan Park last weekend and the Honda Gold Wing Rider’s Association Spring Fling event (April 24-27) has brought more than a 1,000 people to East Ridge,” Martin said. “Jfest 2013 (June 1) and the East Ridge Merchants Association's Libertyfest II (June 29) will bring top musical entertainment and fireworks back to Camp Jordan."

Libertyfest II will feature the rock-and-roll music the Atlanta Rhythm Section as the event headliner. ARS hits are "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight", "Champagne Jam", "So Into You", "Imaginary Lover", "Angel", "Do It Or Die", "Neon Nites" and the cover version of the Classics IV hit, "Spooky".

Martin said he has been surprised at the tremendous increase in the number of running events scheduled for the park this year.

"Last year we allowed the Hamilton County elementary schools to have weekly cross country events at Camp Jordan during the fall and we had more than 1,000 people in the park on some of the Thursday's they competed," Martin said. "That exposure, plus the positive promotions from Tim Morgan and the Chattanooga Sports and Events Committee has spread the word that Camp Jordan is a cool and friendly place for running events."

There are nine running events scheduled at Camp Jordan, including color runs and a soaker run.

To promote fishing and outdoor activities the East Ridge Optimist Club is sponsoring a Free Fishing N Fun Derby on May 4 at Dickert Lake inside Camp Jordan Park.

The Camp Jordan Soccer fields and Redoubt will serve as home to the inaugural Scenic City Cup (May 3-5).

Redoubt, North River Soccer, the Chattanooga Futbol Club and East Ridge Futbol Club have combined efforts for this event.  

The East Ridge Futbol Club will host the East Ridge FC Fall Invitational (Aug. 24-25) at Camp Jordan.

ERFC President Jon Hooper said he too is excited about the soccer events coming to Camp Jordan during the summer of 2013.

“Not only do the tournaments enhance the reputation of our outstanding soccer facility, they allow our club to play against other high-quality players and teams that makes ERFC teams better," Hooper said.

Camp Jordan has already hosted two baseball tournaments with more than 40 teams and a softball tournament with more than 36 teams this season.

A total of 19 baseball or softball tournaments were scheduled at Camp Jordan for 2013, including the Nations Baseball Select National Championship (June 25-30), USSSA Class A World Series (July 10-15), National Softball Association Softball World Series and Opening Ceremonies (July 21-27) and Amateur Softball Association 12-under Nationals and 8-under National Invitational starting July 28.

 “Sweet tea, ice cold lemonade, Southern hospitality and watching kids play softball or baseball sounds like a great way to spend a summer day,” Martin said. “All of the teams who come to East Ridge will also enjoy the many attractions the Tri-State Area has to offer.”

Martin said longtime Camp Jordan Park Supervisor Wayne Thompson and his grounds crew should be credited for helping bring the large number of tournaments to East Ridge due to the condition of the playing fields.

"Our crew works the fields every day," Thompson said of the 13 softball/baseball fields and the nine soccer fields at Camp Jordan. "Even when we have downtime on the fields we are working to try and make them better." 

Martin said he has a vision of what he wants Camp Jordan to be.

“My dream is to come across the bridge on Camp Jordan Parkway and every parking lot be filled with vehicles, all the fields full of kids playing, standing-room only around Dickert Lake with people fishing, Disc-golfers backed up waiting to tee off, canoeist lined up to get into the creek and our 2-mile paved track covered with runners and walkers getting more fit,” Martin said. "I-75, Exit 1 at Camp Jordan Park is a special place and more people are discovering that."

4/29/2013

4/29/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

4/30/2013

4/30/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

 

MAY

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

5/3/2013

5/5/2013

Nation's Baseball

 

 

5/3/2013

5/5/2013

Scenic City Cup Soccer

 

 

5/4/2013

5/4/2013

Optimist Club Fish n Fun Derby

Dickert Pond

 

5/4/2013

5/4/2013

ER High Soccer Quarterfinals

 

5/4/2013

5/4/2013

MMA Fight Night

Arena

 

5/4/2013

5/4/2013

Choices - 2 mile walk/5K run/10k bike race

Amphi/Pav/Track

 

5/5/2013

5/5/2013

March of Dimes Fundraiser

Arena/Amphitheater

 

5/6/2013

5/6/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/7/2013

5/7/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/8/2013

5/8/2013

ER High Soccer District Semifinals

Stadium

 

5/10/2013

5/10/2013

ER High Soccer District Finals

Stadium

 

5/11/2013

5/11/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/11/2013

5/11/2013

Safe Harbor Fundraiser

Arena

 

5/11/2013

5/12/2013

USFA Softball

 

 

5/12/2013

5/19/2013

Good Sam RV Rally

Arena/RV lot

 

5/13/2013

5/13/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/14/2013

5/14/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/14/2013

5/14/2013

ER High Soccer Region Semifinals

Stadium

 

5/16/2013

5/16/2013

ER High Soccer Region Finals

Stadium

 

5/17/2013

5/19/2013

Nation's Baseball

 

 

5/18/2013

5/18/2013

Recreation Soccer

Soccer fields

 

5/18/2013

5/18/2013

ER High Soccer Sectionals

Stadium

 

5/24/2013

5/26/2013

SYSA Super Series

 

 

5/25/2013

5/26/2013

RK Gun Show s/u 5/24/12

Arena

 

5/29/2013

5/29/2013

Sheriff's Dept. Training

Parking Lots

JUNE

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

6/1/2013

6/1/2013

Jfest

Amphi/Pav/Field

 

6/1/2013

6/1/2013

Arena (Open)

 

 

6/7/2013

6/9/2013

Nation's Baseball

 

 

6/8/2013

6/8/2013

CSTHEA Used Book Fair

Arena

 

6/8/2013

6/8/2013

ColorVibe 5K Run/Walk

Track/field

 

6/13/2013

6/19/2013

ER All Star Tournament

 

 

6/15/2013

6/15/2013

Vietnam Veterans 203

Pavilion

 

6/15/2013

6/16/2012

Repticon Reptile Show (s/u 6/14/12)

Arena

 

 

6/22/2013

6/23/2013

USFA Softball

 

 

6/24/2013

6/28/2013

Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA)

Arena

 

6/25/2013

6/30/2013

Choo-Choo City Select National Champ

 

 

6/29/2013

6/29/2013

Liberty Fest

Amphi/field

 

JULY

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

7/4/2013

7/7/2013

SYSA Super series

 

 

7/6/2013

7/6/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

7/6/2013

7/6/2013

3 v 3 Soccer Tournament

Soccer fields

7/10/2013

7/15/2013

USSSA A World Series

 

 

7/13/2013

7/13/2013

Country Fed Kennels American Bully Dog Show

Arena

 

7/15/2013

7/20/2013

CSTHEA Curriculum Fair (6/16 SU)

Arena

7/21/2013

7/27/2013

NSA Opening Ceremonies and Tournament

Amphi/ball fields

 

7/22/2013

7/22/2013

Opening Ceremonies NSA World Series

Arena

 

7/27/2013

7/27/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

7/28/2013

7/28/2013

ASA/USA 12U Nationals-8U Nationals NIT

 

AUGUST

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

8/3/2013

8/3/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

8/10/2013

8/10/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

8/17/2013

8/17/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

8/24/2013

8/24/2013

Run or Dye Color Run  s/u 8/23/13

Track and field

8/24/2013

8/25/2013

Birds and More Exotic Bird Fair (s/u 8/23)

Arena

 

8/30/2013

9/1/2013

RK Gun Show (s/u 8/30/12)

Arena

 

SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

8/30/2013

9/1/2013

RK Gun Show (s/u 8/30/12)

Arena

 

9/6/2013

9/7/2013

Open Date (Arena)

 

 

9/14/2013

9/15/2013

CKC All Breed Dog Show  (s/u 9/13)

Arena

 

 

9/14/2013

9/15/2013

USFA Softball

 

 

9/17/2013

9/30/2013

Just Between Friends (sale 22nd-29th)

Arena

 

9/24/2013

9/26/2013

Hyperflite Skyhoundz

Ultimate field

9/28/2013

9/28/2013

Cross Country Under the Lights

Around soccer fields

 

9/28/2013

9/29/2013

USFA Softball

 

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

10/5/2013

10/5/2013

Kalsi Vamear Wars (tentative)

Amphi/Pav/field

 

10/7/2013

10/13/2013

Shrine Circus

Arena

 

10/12/2013

10/13/2013

USFA Softball

 

 

10/15/2013

10/28/2013

Practically Perfect (sale 20th-27th)

Arena

 

10/26/2013

10/26/2013

Battle for Chattanooga Strongest Man (tentative)

Amphi/Pav/field

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

11/1/2013

11/3/2013

Scenic City Showcase Softball Tournament

Ballfields

11/2/2013

11/3/2013

TSNS Coin Show  (s/u 10/31 and 11/1)

Arena

 

11/7/2013

11/7/2013

ER Parks and Rec Fundraiser

Arena

11/9/2013

11/9/2013

MMA Fight Night

Arena

 

11/16/2013

11/16/2013

Pink Run

Track and field

 

11/16/2013

11/16/2013

INDOOR SOCCER BEGINS

 

 

11/23/2013

11/23/2013

Arthritis Foundation 5K

Pav/Track/Road?

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

Start Date

End Date

Event Name

Location

 

I   N   D   O   O  R       S   O   C   C   E   R

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