Historic, Eclectic, and Thriving
(above) last photo by Terry Henson
Bordering the Tennessee River, Coolidge Park is a NorthShore icon – home to a century-old carousel, interactive water fountain, and generous green spaces. Nearby, Renaissance Park boasts 23 acres of grassy hills, picnic areas, and nature trails. Residents also frequent the 92-acre Stringers Ridge, an urban wilderness park offering hiking, running, and biking trails.
Shoppers can find eclectic boutiques and upscale clothing stores along NorthShore’s Frazier and Cherokee Avenues. The neighborhood is rich with local food and drink, including specialty coffee and olive oil, gourmet hot dogs, and homemade gelato. Residents also have easy access to Publix and Whole Foods grocery stores. In Riverview, shoppers can take advantage of locally owned restaurants and shops selling clothing, antiques, flowers, and more.
Several yoga and fitness studios can be found on the NorthShore, as well as a variety of gyms offering 24/7 service and personal coaching. Bike lanes and sidewalks encourage activity year-round.
The Walnut Street Bridge hosts Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival, Wine Over Water, every autumn. More than 100 wineries are represented, and local restaurants provide a variety of tastes to complement the selections. New to Chattanooga is the Moon River Music Festival, held in Coolidge Park. This family-friendly, two-day event features more than 20 acts across two stages.
One of the oldest and largest community theatres in the country, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre organizes 15 annual productions in addition to drama classes, workshops, and more. During the month of July, Coolidge Park hosts Movies in the Park on Saturday evenings. Also in July, residents and guests gather for Pops on the River, a free patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. The Association for Visual Arts, based in NorthShore, plans programs and events to advance the visual arts.