published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke outlines plans for Lincoln Park land

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke this morning announced plans to work with Erlanger Health System to preserve five acres of land the hospital owns in Lincoln Park that could be used as green space and historic park for the community.

He made the announcement at a news conference this morning in Lincoln Park. Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel was there as well. Residents from the Lincoln Park community also attended.

Erlanger trustees did not discuss a draft resolution of the hospital's plan to donate the land to the city. Trustees said that they need more information before making that decision.

However, Spiegel said the board of trustees is committed to making the donation a reality.

Berke emphasized that the city has no plans to extend Central Avenue through the park. City officials have been evaluating several options to connect Central Avenue and Amnicola Highway.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

Planned extension of Central Avenue
Planned extension of Central Avenue
Photo by Laura McNutt /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
about Yolanda Putman...

Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime. Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News. She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese. She has also ...

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