For over a decade at Greenway Farms in Hixson, Chickstock has celebrated the vibrant outdoor community that supports the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy. NCCC informally began in 1989 with a collection of friends and citizens raising concerns about the deteriorating condition of the North Chickamauga Creek. The family friendly event has been a place to come together to connect and celebrate with music, food, and friends.
This year on Sept.
28, Chickstock is poised to grow extensively with the beautiful backdrop at Coolidge Park on the Tennessee River. The event will host local organizations that primarily work on outdoor recreation, education, and protection of the hundreds of trail miles surrounding Chattanooga, with the focus of increasing awareness of this valuable regional resource. Chickstock’s main event partners include the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Waterways, and Wild Trails; and it is sponsored by High Point Climbing and Flipper Bend. With all the hustle and bustle of a Saturday downtown in the fall, the Ironman festivities, and the local breweries, food vendors, and regional musicians that will be featured, the impact of the event’s mission will greatly expand.
NCCC board member Ansley Eichhorn said he hopes that “moving this event to Coolidge Park will fill a need for a centrally located celebration of environmental education in our area. The idea is to get all of the entities and organizations in one place at the same time in order to demonstrate the scale of how many people are involved in promoting these programs in our area. It really is something we should be celebrating more.”
NCCC is committed to involving Chattanooga and surrounding communities in preservation, conservation, and responsible use of the watershed and gorge, officials said. Most recently, the organization successfully brought local partners together to preserve the 200-acre Walden’s Ridge Park that will become a hub for downhill mountain biking, bouldering and hiking. This and many other conservation achievements from the community will be celebrated.
For more info on NCCC visit northchick.org
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