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Tickets available for National Treasures - come "Celebrate YOUR Park" with us!

 

The best party of the summer is our signature National Treasures event, held at beautiful Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Don't miss this evening of fabulous food and drinks, great entertainment, living history from the National Park Service, and a silent auction filled with unique items! Best of all, the orignial tourist attraction, Umbrella Rock, is open exclusively for our guests!

 

See you on Thursday, August 24th, at 5:30 p.m.!

Click HERE for tickets to a guaranteed good time.

 

What's Happening with the Friends!

National Park Night June 5th

Baseball season is here, and we're gearing up for an evening of fun for the whole family with the Chattanooga Lookouts! Find out more about one of the best nights of the year - National Park Night!

Call for Matching Funds!

Thanks to a generous matching grant, the Friends have raised over 80% of the cost to repair the TN Confederate Infantry Monument - your gift helps us make the final push!

Moccasin Bend General Management Plan Unveiled!

The National Park Service released the GMP for Moccasin Bend on May 1st, with a 30-day comment period happening now! Come by Outdoor Chattanooga on May 4th to learn more.

Save the Date for National Treasures on August 24th

Our signature event, National Treasures, will be August 24th at 5:30 p.m. An evening of food, friends, and music, with the ambience of Point Park and it's breathtaking views.

News & Events

Baseball season is here, and we are gearing up for National Park Night with the Lookouts on Monday, June 5th! For information about this  family-friendly event and how to purchase tickets, please visit our calendar.

 

Special thanks to The Patten Group for their support of National Park Night!

Friends Groups Release Special Artwork Designed for the National Park Service Centennial!

 

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of Moccasin Bend partnered with local designer Aggie Toppins of The Official Studio to produce a series of images that capture the experience of visiting the different parts of the National Park located in and around the greater Chattanooga area.

 

Our hope is that the series of images enhance the public understanding of the park by presenting a cohesive, visual identity for several of the noncontiguous park units. The images convey the idea that each part of the park –Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend, Orchard Knob, and Signal Point – are all pieces of the greater whole.  

 

To purchase posters featuring this beautiful commemorative artwork, please visit our shop!

Support the Friends preservation and education efforts.

 

Friends of the Park

P.O. Box 748

Chattanooga, TN 37401

Phone 423.648.5623
FAX 423.648.5624

Thank you to our National Treasures guests and sponsors!

Marines from Mike Battery at the M Battery Monument on Chickamauga Battlefield (photo supplied by Chattanooga Track Club)

December 2015 newsletter

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Friends of the Park Announce Find Your Park Signage Project

Funding provided through the NPS Centennial Challenge Program

 

Fort Oglethorpe, GA:  The National Park Service has announced $15 million in support of 69 projects in 63 parks, including $24,500 at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to replace outdated entrance signs at 12 major areas of the national park in Georgia and Tennessee, and to build a new primary entrance sign designed for group photographs.  The funding will be matched with $49,200 from the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP.

 

Funding for the project is provided through the National Park Service’s Centennial Challenge Program to leverage partnerships to improve visitor services, support outreach to new audiences, and reinvigorate national parks while foraging connections with communities.  Congress provided $15 million for the Centennial Challenge projects, which will be matched by almost $33 million more from more than 90 park partners.  The 69 projects total almost $48 million and are located at 63 parks in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

 

“As the National Park Service enters its centennial year in 2016, Congress and generous partners across the country are making exceptional investments to improve park facilities, enhance their accessibility and help more visitors – especially young people – discover our nation’s inspiring places and stories,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Brad Bennett is pleased to be able to implement this project:  “This private-public partnership project will help the park replace several damaged and outdated signs while providing a fresh welcome to the public during the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service. With the support of the Friends, we invite local residents and visitors to discover and experience the many special places throughout this national park – from Chickamauga Battlefield to Lookout Mountain Battlefield, from Signal Point to Orchard Knob, and from Missionary Ridge to Moccasin Bend.”

 

Friends of the Park president Anthony Hodges said, "During the Centennial of the National Park Service, the Friends of the Park are pleased to assist with placing new signs at many of the units of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and to create a photo-worthy entrance in front of the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center."  President Hodges noted that this project is being funded through a generous gift from the estate of Shawn Johns who volunteered as a living historian in the national park for many years. Hodges continued, "Mr. Johns enjoyed sharing the stories of the soldiers who fought at Chickamauga and Chattanooga with visitors, and because of his gift, the Friends can assist the park in improving entrances to welcome the next generation of visitors."   

The signs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park have marked the way for visitors for many years.  In this Centennial year visitors will truly be able to find their park and the many units associated throughout the area.  In addition, a marquee sign will be produced and will serve as a great place to take photos as a lasting reminder of your park experience.

(CHCH press release 2-3-2016)

 

 

Unveiling of the Restored Ohio State Monument on

 

Missionary Ridge –

 

Efforts Led By Ohio School Students

 

 

The National Park Service and the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park announce the unveiling of the newly restored Ohio State Monument on the Missionary Ridge Battlefield. Restored through a partnership with twenty-six 5th grade students from Waggoner Road Middle School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, the monument will be unveiled on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 am at the Ohio Reservation, South Crest Road, Missionary Ridge

 

Placed on Missionary Ridge in 1903, the Ohio monument features four life size granite statues.  Three of the figures represent the infantry, artillery and cavalry. The fourth figure is a drummer boy. After more than 110 years, the monument required some repairs, specifically to the drummer boy. Led by teacher Derek Hinkle, the 5th grade students from Ohio raised $6,000 to restore the monument.  The public is invited to join the students in rededicating the Ohio State Monument.

 

Please note there is no parking at the Ohio Reservation.  All guests MUST park at the McCallie School, 500 Dodds Avenue for a shuttle service to the event.  Please enter McCallie off Dodds Avenue and turn right into the first parking lot (follow special event signs).  A bus will leave the McCallie parking lot at 10:45 am for a one time shuttle to the event site.  The shuttle will return guests to their cars following the event. 

  


CCNMP Seeks Public Comment on Amended General Management Plan

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Cathy Cook announces that a general management planning effort focused on Lookout Mountain Battlefield is now underway. The planning effort will amend the 1988 General Management Plan to provide guidance for making informed decisions about the future of park resource conditions and visitor experiences within the Lookout Mountain
Battlefield unit of the park.

 

The National Park Service has developed two preliminary alternative management concepts for the battlefield for public review, comment, suggestions, and advice. The preliminary alternatives and proposed changes to management zoning for Lookout Mountain can be viewed at: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/chch. Comments can be submitted electronically through the website between February 8 and April 8, 2013.

 

The park will host an open house on February 28, 2013 between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the St. Elmo Fire Hall: 4501 St. Elmo Avenue, Chattanooga TN. The purpose of the open house is for the National Park Service to describe alternatives and hear your ideas, concerns and thoughts about this special place. 
Formal presentations will be at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Comment forms will be available at the open house.

 

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