Outside Chattanooga to host Coolidge Park Enjoyable Day on Friday | Native Information

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It’s no wonder Chattanooga is nicknamed the scenic city, with its breathtaking views and plentiful outdoor activities.

Outdoor Chattanooga was founded by the city to connect people with the vibrant outdoor scene.

“We work to get people to hike, paddle, climb, bike, everything in nature, we work to get people outside and enjoy it,” said Erik Hancock, customer relations specialist for Outdoor Chattanooga.

He said because they’re funded by the city, they can offer programs that range from low-cost to free, like their Coolidge Park Fun Day.

“A lot of people experience that they want to get into outdoor recreation, but it costs a lot of money, so we’re trying to break down that barrier so people can get in and enjoy the great outdoors without spending a lot of money. “

According to Hancock, if you’ve always wanted to try kayaking or rock climbing, now is your chance and you won’t have to pay a penny. They meet Friday at 10 a.m. at the Outdoor Chattanooga building in Coolidge Park. Registration is not required.

“We’re taking people paddling to Maclellan Island, we’re going to be climbing the Walnut Wall, we’re going to be setting up disc golf and other yard games, just a fun way for the community to come together and have fun at our parks,” Hancock explained.

Friday marks the second time that Outdoor Chattanooga is hosting this free event. Hancock said there was a big turnout for their first day of fun in July.

“One positive feedback we got was that a lot of people have seen Maclellan Island but have never been out there. A lot of people have seen the walnut wall to climb but they have never climbed it.”

Hancock looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the parks and giving people a chance to explore Chattanooga’s beautiful natural environment.

That Fun day at Coolidge Park is free and open to everyone, regardless of age or skill level. First come, first served rafting and wall climbing.

It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m