Chattanooga: a walkable and bike-friendly city, with a historic downtown, local markets and eateries, and community revitalization projects that have made the city a model "eco town" and tourist destination.
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Chattanooga is the place to be in 2010!
This year, American Trails is hosting the National Trails Symposium in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Symposium will be held at the newly remodeled Chattanooga Convention Center. Located downtown, it is the perfect place to access many of the city’s outdoor recreational activities. During the last 20 years, extensive revitalization work has highlighted Chattanooga’s claim to the moniker “The Scenic City,” turning the city’s focus towards the outdoors, making the city as walking, biking, and paddling friendly as possible.
The community has welcomed Coolidge Park, the Tennessee Aquarium, the Bluff View Arts District, Ross’ Landing, The Passage, and Renaissance Park, which all feed into an expansive greenway project known as the Tennessee Riverwalk; an aspect of the 21st Century Waterfront Plan that is enhancing the city’s waterfront property for the enjoyment of outdoor enthusiasts.
Three pedestrian and bike bridges in Chattanooga
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in the 2010 American Trails National Symposium
1. Chattanooga was named as the #2 city on Outside Magazine’s “10 Dream Towns to Live Big, Play Hard, and Work (If You Must),” and was recently named one of the top 50 bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.
2. Bring your boat, bike, or running shoes! Whatever your outdoor adventure may be, the Scenic City has your fix. Chattanooga is an outdoor paradise.
3. Learn how Chattanooga has recreated itself into a national model as a “Walkable City” through partnerships and planning.
4. Learn how public art and some notable private collections have been integrated into Chattanooga’s parks and trails. Chattanooga’s rich arts scene is second to none.
5. Meet Tennesseeans ~ You can’t go out on a trail without a friendly person waving or striking up a lively conversation with you!
6. Convenient location! Chattanooga is less than a day’s drive to over 30% of the nation’s population!
7. Get “up close and personal” with over 80 cutting-edge trail presentations, field trips, and workshops led by America’s trail experts.
8. Visit the “Trails and Greenways System” Exhibit Hall, with over 100 vendor booths offering products and services for all types of trails.
9. “Talk Trails” and network with trails enthusiasts from around the country and the world!
10. Learn about innovative trails around the country that are “the green way for America” and help shape the future of trails funding.
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