News: City of Chattanooga Receives National Award for Innovative Urban Landscape Architecture
April 30th, 2012

The City of Chattanooga's 21st Century Waterfont Plan was recognized on April 18 by the Garden Club of America (GCA). The project recieved the Elvira Broome Doolan Medal for innovative work in landscape architecture with an emphasis on city planning and civic improvement in urban areas.


Photography courtesy of River City Company

Chattanooga is one of only three recipients to have ever recieved this prestigious award, which also includes Lynden Breed Miller who is known for innovative work in New York City including gardens in Central Park, the NY Botanical Garden, Bryant Park, and Central Park Zoo.

Development of the 21st Century Waterfront Plan included more than 300 citizens in public meetings to share and brainstorm ideas. The project included expansion of the Tennessee Aquarium, the Hunter Museum of Art, and the Creative Discovery Museum, and expansion and improvents on public parks and river walkways. 

“Chattanooga’s life-long dedication and hard work have made a vast difference to The Garden Club of America. The Awards Committee believes the 21st Century Waterfront project truly exemplifies innovative work in landscape architecture with an emphasis on city planning and civic improvement in urban areas,” explains Mrs. Robert Gongaware, National Chairman of the Awards Committee for GCA, in a press release from the River City Company.

The Garden Club of America, based in New York City, is a nonprofit national organization comprised of more than 17,000 members of GCA clubs who dedicate energy and expertise to projects in their communities and the nation. Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America has become a recognized leader in the fields of horticulture, conservation and civic improvement. There are 195 member clubs in 40 states and Washington, as well as in eight foreign Courtesy Clubs.

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News: Chattanooga in National Media
April 19th, 2012

The past few months have been a whirlwind for our city as we've repeteadly made national news for some exciting developments. The following are links to various articles about Chattanooga in the national spotlight. 

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