Miller Park opens Friday

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga’s Miller Park officially opens Friday, bringing a new green space to the Chattanooga community.

The project cost more than $10 million. Sixty percent of that price tag was paid by private partners like Blue Cross Blue Shield and EPB.

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The new park includes a stage with a hydraulic door, a rock outcrop made from regional resources, and 25,000 square feet of grass.

“It’s an opportunity to share culturally, socially, ethnicity and everything that’s great about the Chattanooga community. And that’s what this park represented. Mayor Berke called it the epicenter, and it is the epicenter of our community. But it’s also the heart of our community. And that’s what makes Chattanooga so great,” District 7 Councilman Erskine Oglesby said.

The park’s grand opening will be Friday morning at 11.

Miller Park By the Numbers (provided by the City of Chattanooga):

Total internal area of the park: 78,522 square feet

  • Greenspace/lawn is 25,500 square feet (Grass is TifTuf Bermuda Sod)

Number of pavers:

  • Sq Foot of Pavers in the Park = 26,155 SF (58,512 pavers)
  • Sq Foot of Pavers on MLK BLVD = 17,415SF (39,075 pavers)

EPB Community Stage = 1,568SF (Roof Size= 4,500SF)

Number of trees: 78 total
Type:

  • 4x beech
  • 4x yellow wood
  • 3x witch hazel
  • 12x tulip tree
  • 6x black gum
  • 40x oak of various species (white, overcup, willow oak)
  • 8x redbud
  • 2x maple
  • 3x holly

Projector screen size: 33’ x 25’
Number of windows on EPB Community Stage: 96, hydraulic door has 33

Rock outcrop: 11

  • Limestone came from Alabama Stone.
  • Sandstone caps came from Montez Quarry.

Power pedestals next to benches: 3

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."