Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:01 PM

ALTON PARK GREENWAY CONNECTION ON CHATTANOOGA CITY COUNCIL TABLE - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Chattanooga hopes to create a $2.2 million Alton Park greenway connection from a stretch of abandoned CSX rail line. The project would link the Southside Community Park with the Tennessee Riverwalk, and calls for the donation of nearly 9 acres of rail corridor space by the Trust for Public Land. The planned 1.1 mile multi-use paved path runs from Central Avenue toward the intersection of West 33rd Street and St. Elmo Avenue. "Because of the hard work of City and neighborhood leaders, the vision to turn a long-vacant and blighted site into a space that brings people together is becoming a realty in Alton Park," Mayor Andy Berke said in an email Friday. "The future trail between this new Southside Community Park and the Riverwalk is a next step in reviving this historic neighborhood and connecting amenities for the community to use and enjoy." If the Chattanooga City Council approves the donation, it will cost the city $35,000 in closing costs. The item is listed on Tuesday's voting agenda but city spokeswoman Marissa Bell said the vote may be postponed a week to complete paperwork related to the transfer. Councilman Erskine Oglesby, who represents Alton Park, said Friday he believes ...

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