Camp Jordan Hosts National Trail Day Celebration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The City of East Ridge Parks and Recreation will join hands with the City of Chattanooga and Outdoor Chattanooga on June 7 on West Chickamauga Creek at Camp Jordan Park for a National Trail Day Celebration.

Canoeists from around the region are invited to join in for a Saturday to thank the many volunteer workers headed up by outdoor enthusiast Jim Ledbetter, who recently orchestrated the extensive clean-up of logjams to open the Camp Jordan Canoe Trail.

"Outdoor Chattanooga is making its canoes available for those who helped get the trail ready for free," Mr.

Ledbetter said.   "Come join the fun."

Terri Chapin is the Programs Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga which will be providing the canoes and bicycles for the National Trail Day event.

Ms. Chapin said that Outdoor Chattanooga will host canoe rides to the public for $10 per person from 1 to 4 p.m. and free use of bicycles for those who want to borrow a bike to ride the Camp Jordan Loop and/or the Brainerd Levee.

East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said the Creek Launch (South) has been completed from funding provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation and Tower Construction is working on the Cherokee Launch (North) at Camp Jordan for opening sometime this summer.

"This is the first of what we hope are many outdoor events we will have at Camp Jordan Park when the canoe launch projects are completed," Mr. Martin said. "I can't say thank you enough to the Lyndhurst Foundation, Jim Ledbetter and all of those who helped clean-up the creek. When landscaper John Creasy puts his finishing touches on the project following the completion of the construction this is going to be a beautiful and special place to visit on West Chickamauga Creek."

Mr. Martin said Ms. Chapin came to him with the idea of the National Trail Day Celebration at Camp Jordan Park.

"Terri  is very enthusiastic about Outdoor Chattanooga's involvement and making this a fun day," Martin said.  "This event will again help the East Ridge Parks and Recreation to make Camp Jordan Park a destination of fitness and fun."

Mr. Ledbetter said there are a limited number of canoes available, so reservations are required, unless you have your own boat you would like to bring. 

"Our special 11 a.m. free opportunity is actually a 'Polishing Clean-up' with participants given a trash bag and grabbers to pick up any other litter that may be found along the creek," Mr. Ledbetter said.  "We would like to have a great turnout so please make your reservations by Wednesday by calling or emailing Jim Ledbetter at 423-322-3691 or 1jimled@Gmail.com.

Mr. Ledbetter said if he gets enough to sign up he will arrange a 10 a.m. launch time also. "We will meet at the new canoe launch (Creek Launch) beside the big gravel parking lot at Camp Jordan," he said.






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