Southside Community Park

At the former Charles A. Bell School site

Located at 3501 Central Avenue between East 37th and East 38th streets.

The City of Chattanooga will invest $1 million for a new park in historic Alton Park. This new green space, which will be located at the site of the former Charles A. Bell school, will enhance the vibrancy of the neighborhood and connect residents with options for recreation and gathering. The project is being led by the City of Chattanooga's Open Spaces and Public Work's Engineering divisions.

Through a public input process, community leaders decided on the name; Southside Community Park


Continuing & Coming Up!

April 2017: Name of Park Finalized
January 2017: Construction Begins on Alton Park's Newest Park!


February 2017: Naming Input Meeting
Construction is underway at the former Bell School Site - Join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 6pm to help name your new neighborhood park! Click here to RSVP! The Meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th Street Please call (423)643-6889 if you have any questions!
December 2016: Council Approval of Contract for P&C Construction, Inc.
P&C Construction, Inc.'s contract is approved by City Council to construct Alton Park's newest park.
October 2016: Public Input Meeting
On October 27th, 2016 a public input meeting was held.
May 2016: Council Approval of Contract for Consultant Engineer - Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon

Click Image Below to See Final Design

Park Amenities

  •  5 Acres in the heart of Alton Park
  • Quarter-mile park path
  • Large open lawn for community activities
  • Seating areas along park path
  • Professional landscaping
  • Large pavilion featuring picnic tables, restrooms and a drinking fountain
  • Ample parking

The new park will also serve as the location for a future greenway trailhead, connecting the neighborhood to the Tennessee Riverwalk.