The City of Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Department announced the arrival of Gail Loveland Barille as director of city’s Outdoor Chattanooga Division, under the Department of Parks and Outdoors.
Founded in 2004, Outdoor Chattanooga’s mission is to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy and distinctive lifestyle for all Chattanooga residents and visitors. Outdoor Chattanooga maintains and helps add value to the region’s resources while leading efforts to grow the region’s economy.
“The increase in Chattanooga’s outdoor recreational facilities through the founding of Outdoor Chattanooga under the direction of the late Philip Grymes has transformed our region over the past two decades,” said Scott Martin, Administrator of the Department of Parks and Outdoors. “Finding the right professional to build on Phil’s legacy of dynamic growth for the outdoor community in our area was no easy task, and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Ms. Loveland Barille brings over 25 years of experience working for non-profit organizations with a specific focus on outdoor recreation, inclusion and youth development. Her professional and community involvement extends to staff and volunteer leadership positions in a variety of international, national, and local nonprofit organizations, including the National Ability Center, Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the International Paralympic Committee, Outdoors for All and most recently the Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) serving TN, GA, KY, AL, FL and SC. Throughout her career, she has led the fundraising and development of innovative recreational program models, events and facilities through public and private partnerships. As a charter member of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, she championed the accessibility needs of residents and visitors to the state. As CEO of the National Ability Center, she worked with a talented team of outdoor industry employees, volunteers and partners to create internationally recognized adaptive recreation programs, events and facilities for people with disabilities and their families.
“Gail is fearless in seeking the expected and unexpected partnerships to build inclusive and conservation-minded recreational communities,” said Martha Ham, founder of Utah’s first all-inclusive outdoor recreation program. “Over the past decade, I have watched her expertly combine tradition and innovation to create an exciting network of recreational opportunities. She understands and appreciates the role that access to nature plays in building and protecting the viability of a community. Gail feels committed to these principles in an unusual way!”
Since moving to Chattanooga in 2019, Ms. Loveland Barille has spent most of her time exploring the vast natural environment in the surrounding areas of Tennessee and Georgia. Her countless hours working alongside dedicated members and staff, building and maintaining trails, learning from local land management partners, and supporting innovative program models such as SECC’s Veteran and Women’s+ Fire Crews will prove a valuable asset to the City of Chattanooga’s parks and outdoor department.
“Over the past three years, I have been impressed by the care and resources Outdoor Chattanooga devotes to removing barriers so our entire community can reap the benefits of nature and recreation,” said Ms. Loveland Barille. “This landscape of local access to a variety of different lands and waterways, bugs and wildlife, hiking trails and scenery is a unique asset to our urban community. I look forward to bringing my expertise to the work of the City of Chattanooga Parks and Outdoor Department and its Outdoor Chattanooga Division, while continuing to expand outdoor recreation as a vital resource for Chattanooga residents and visitors.”