November 7 2013

What's New in Chattanooga - 2013 & 2014

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Chattanooga is dedicated to continually enhancing the city, always making it a better destination. So whether you’ve been here before or it’s your first time, you’ll find some great new ways to have fun, topping off an already impressive array of things to do.


The Block Opens With a 25,000 Sq Ft Climbing/Fitness Gym and Outdoor Outfitter: The Block will include the High Point Climbing and Fitness consisting of 25,000 square feet with an auto belay area, multiple bouldering rooms, sport climbing, top roping and a speed-climbing wall and it will be one of the nation’s largest climbing venues; an exterior public art piece that will also be a climbing wall; the 38,000-square foot Rock/Creek, a Chattanooga-based specialty outdoor retailer (fourth location) that sells outdoor apparel and equipment from top brands for sports like kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and more; and a fitness facility that will include equipment rental, lessons and coaching, youth programs, competitions, weight training, yoga, massage therapy, pro shop for gear purchase and more. Opens November 2013.

12-day RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games Changes Focus to Adventure Sports Games: RiverRocks will reach a new level as an international adventure sports competition. For four years, RiverRocks has been the most anticipated fall event in adventure sports and has attracted the best athletes in their field from as far as Australia to compete in Chattanooga’s stunning outdoor environment. For the first time, medals will be awarded in the top events. The games will kick off with an opening ceremony including a world-class bluegrass festival and end with a closing ceremony that will include the opening The Block, an indoor/outdoor climbing gym and outdoor outfitter in the heart of downtown. RiverRocks held in October each year.

Lake Winnepesaukah’s 5-Acre Waterpark “SOAK Ya!” Opens: The five-acre waterpark will be located on the West side of the park and will feature a lazy river, wave lagoon, flume body slides, enclosed tube slides, side-by-side racer slides and a splash park for toddlers. It will also offer shaded lounge seating, retail shops, concessions and a changing facility with lockers. Lake Winnepesaukah was opened in 1925 and has since transformed from the original swimming, boating and picnicking destination to the South’s favorite family amusement park. The park is owned and operated by the third and fourth generations of the founding family, making it the third-longest continuously family-owned amusement park in the U.S. Opened Memorial Day, 2013.

Chattanooga Whiskey to Open “Tennessee Stillhouse” Distillery in Downtown Chattanooga:

After waging a fierce legal battle to allow the production of whiskey in Chattanooga, co-owners of Chattanooga Whiskey, Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant, plan to renovate a 60,000-square-foot building in downtown Chattanooga and turn it into a distillery. The distillery will include offices, tasting room, barreling operation, bottle shop and a 2,000-gallon whiskey still. The block walls and tiny windows of the current structure will be replaced with antique factory-style windows to mimic the old-fashioned design of distilleries before Prohibition. They will be located at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour, see all the operations and exit through a gift shop. Opens in 2015. 

Public Art Map Includes More Than 100 Pieces Around Chattanooga: Chattanooga’s public art program introduces a wide range of high quality public art into the community, enhancing the civic environment and enriching the lives of residents and visitors. Downtown is scattered with more than 100 pieces of high-quality public art. Thanks to a new Public Art Plan, people can now learn more about many of these pieces with a new map that provides information on the artist, title of the piece, medium and its location. Printed April 2013.

Main Terrain Park in the Southside Integrates Art & Fitness: This 1.72-acre urban fitness park is located in the Southside District. It includes interactive public art, green spaces, track (inlaid with haiku poems), bike storage, fitness stations designed by the local PlayCore company and more. It features contemporary sculptures by internationally known artist Thomas Sayre, who won a juried competition to commission the art for the park. The large-scale public art, reminiscent of Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge, spans the whole park and is comprised of nine sculptural elements with the tallest measuring more than 25 feet in height and 9,000 pounds in weight. Opened January 2013.

• Opened Nov. 2013: Kitchen at Union Square in the Downtown District (is owned and operated by Culinard, the Culinary Institute of the Virginia College School of Business and Health in Chattanooga)
• Opened at new location Oct. 2013: Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge relocated to 511 Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga (from Brainerd Road area) 
• Opened Sept. 2013: Tupelo Honey inside Warehouse Row
• Opened Aug. 2013: Universal Joint in the Downtown District 
• Opened Aug. 2013: Taziki’s second location at the Hamilton Place Mall area (planning a third location in Hixson within 18 months)
• Opened June 2013: Ruth’s Chris Steak House inside the Embassy Suites at Hamilton Place
• Opened May 2013: Flying Squirrel Neighborhood Bar in the Southside District
• Opened April 2013: Café 7 at Rock City Gardens on Lookout Mountain
• Opened March 2013: Milk & Honey in the North Shore District
• Opened Feb. 2013: Elemental in the North Shore District
• Opened Feb. 2013: terraMae Appalachian Bistro inside the StoneFort Inn B&B in the Downtown District 
• Opened Jan. 2013: Community Pie in the Downtown District
• Opened Aug. 2012: Brix Nouveau in the North Shore District 

More information on accommodations in Chattanooga can be found online
• Opened Nov. 2013: Hampton Inn/Kimball
• Opened Oct. 2013: Hampton Inn & Suites/Hamilton Place
• Renovation Completed Sept. 2013: Super 8 Motel/East Ridge (redid entire property)
• Opened June 2013: Embassy Suites/Hamilton Place
• Opened June 2013: Hampton Inn West/Lookout Mountain
• Renovation Completed Jan. 2013: La Quinta/Downtown (new carpet, bedding, tile, coffee & tea service, in-room docking stations for iPhones & iPads)
• Opened Dec. 2012: Four Points by Sheraton/Hamilton Place
• Opened Nov. 2012: TownePlace Suites/Hamilton Place
• Transitioned Flag Nov. 2012: Clarion Inn/Lookout Mountain (was previously a Hampton Inn)
• Transitioned Flag July 2012: Best Western Plus With Arbour Inn & Suites (was previously a Comfort Inn)
• Opened June 2012: SpringHill Suites/Downtown

Updated: November 2013

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