Reinvestment Funds to be used to improve Tacoa Park


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Several areas in Chattanooga could soon see some changes in their community’s appearance.

The mayor described the upcoming projects as smaller, easier projects that will instantly improve the way of life in these communities.

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$60,000 is coming to Tacoa Park to spruce it up.

Mayor Andy Berke says, “We have to make sure that these kind of spaces, which exist all around our city, that may not have seen that investment – that we go out, hear from people about what is important in them and they make it happen in the neighborhood.”

Mayor Berke introduced the neighborhood reinvestment fund designed to put money back into communities who desperately need it.

Sandra Ledford says, “it has been neglected. It seems like the money have been going everywhere else and we were kind of a step child.”

Ledford, with The Brainerd Park North Neighborhood Association, has been living in this community for several decades.

She says that she got involved and has been giving her councilmen, Russell Gilbert, an earful of ideas for the area.

Russell Gilbert says, “this is the 5th district, the best district in the city, but I am just glad that we chose this area for a reason and we can go from this point to other areas too.”

Berke says, “the idea that we can hear from people who live in the area about what would make differences in their areas and what might make a big difference in Hixson, might be different then North Brainerd, which might be different than East Brainerd, which might be different than Avondale and so we need to tailor solutions to every community.”

Ezra Harris, with the Woodmore Neighborhood Association, says he is happy for this neighboring community that is getting these improvements.

Berke says, “the neighborhood reinvestment fund is one more way to make sure that that power that all of us have is nurtured by city government all around our city.”

These improvements will include new playground equipment, upgrades to the pavilion and one neighbor says it will be an overall face lift for this central area in Tacoa Park.