Chattanooga Parks, Recreation, Arts & Culture Department provides a wide variety of educational and recreational activities throughout a network of well-maintained parks and public facilities. The department is divided into two major divisions: Program Services and Parks & Facilities. Sports, arts and cultural activities operate through Program Services, while the Parks & Facilities division oversees park activities and maintenance of the city's recreational facilities. The Chattanooga Parks, Recreation, Arts & Culture Department owns 15 community centers, 1 civic center, 1 senior center, two public golf courses, two performance venues (Tivoli Theatre & Memorial Auditorium), a fitness center, a skatepark, a tennis complex, 4 aquatic centers, and the Chattanooga Zoo.
Seniors (Ages 65 and over) $3
Children (Ages 3 - 15) $2
Kids Under Age 3 FREE
Special group rates available, call for details at (423) 697-1322.
August 2004 was the beginning of this new exhibit which is still incomplete. The Himalayan Passage is supposed to retrace the route taken by the famous explorer Marco Polo through the countries of China, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Myanmar. Its star attraction is the pair of red pandas, who came to Chattanooga courtesy of the Knoxville Zoo. The exhibit also currently features two Indian muntjacs, two frog-eyed geckos, one asian centipede, one elongated tortoise, and two mynahs from Bali. The mynahs are these very pretty white birds with purple on their heads that make very loud calls and resemble cockatoos. The Zoo is also in the process of adding snow leopards and asian primates, but they didn't say what species. When I came, the red pandas were asleep together in a corner, although they did poke their heads up a few times. Maybe you will be lucky and get to see them awake and playful.
The Chattanooga Zoo has got to be one of the smallest zoos in the world. This is not a deterrant, however. With an adult ticket price of only $4, it is well worth the visit. They have done much in the past few years at the zoo by adding new exhibits and renovating old ones. It is well worth the time it takes to go through, which for most people would be about an hour. The small size is actually kinda nice because you don't have to walk so much or be out in the hot sun as long as you would at other larger zoos that take forever to go through. You may also notice some of the artwork around the zoo done by a friend of mine from high school, signed Manning. Enjoy the animals and art! Also, see my travelogue for more photos and info.