The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has unveiled its first BlueCross Healthy Place project in Chattanooga, to be located near the campuses of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and Chattanooga Preparatory School.
It is a $5 million gift to the two schools and the Highland Park community.
The site was chosen in response to a proposal organized by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation, and it will provide students from both schools, as well as area residents, with a new outdoor space designed for connection and recreation.
“We are excited to share our space with not only our campus partners, but the entire community. When we moved to our location on Bailey Avenue in 2011, our goal was to become a community partner in Highland Park. This project is beyond anything we could have dreamed of at the time.”
When complete, the BlueCross Healthy Place at Highland Park will be used by students but also open to the public.
, head of lower school at Chattanooga Preparatory.“It will be transformational for our student body as they gain access to what will be amazing landscaping and facilities. We are grateful to BlueCross for creating a green space for all community members to enjoy.”
BlueCross Healthy Place projects are underway in Memphis, Kingsport and Huntland, Tenn., but the Highland Park space will be the first in the Chattanooga area since the program began last year.
During an official unveiling on Thursday, Scott Wilson, director of community relations and foundation for BlueCross, presented renderings of features proposed for the new space, including:
- pavilion for community gatherings
- walking track and sports courts
- inclusive playgrounds for children 2-5 and 5-12
- 40-yard dash and challenge courses
- multi-purpose field with bleachers and concession area