Glass House Collective has assembled the Sherman Reservation Partnership Collective (SRPC), a coalition of partners dedicated to connecting the Glass Street community to its abundant, yet underutilized cultural and natural amenities, featuring the re-opening of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s 50-acre Sherman Reservation just atop Glass Street on Missionary Ridge. The Collective is creating a trail network connecting Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s Pennsylvania Reservation on Glass Street to Sherman Reservation as well as programming and animating the park with youth exursions and cultural events. The long-term goal is to connect Sherman Reservation with the neighborhood entrance to the South Chickamauga Greenway via historic Billy Goat Hill.
Trail Network: The trail network will provide access to 40-acres of State owned historic Civil War land connecting the our neighborhood National Park to Glass Street’s historic Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Construction of Phase One’s trial is set for a summer completion.
Active Trails Youth Programming: What’s more, this partnership also launched our Active Trails outdoor youth programming connecting urban East Chattanooga youth to the historical significance of their neighborhood and city as well as to healthy, skill building outdoor recreation activities at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s numerous parks and cultural events, especially Sherman Reservation. Nicole Lewis, Community Engagement Coordinator at GHC and project leader for Active Trails, has hosted numerous excursions most recently taking 12 youth for a Night Under the Stars, their first overnight camping trip, at the Chickamauga Battlefield. Please read our Camp Out With 12 Youth from Glass Street and A World Turned Upside Down blogposts to see the impact these experiences are having on our youth.
Sherman Reservation Partnership Collective: All this is being accomplished by a very strong network of partners each leveraging their resources together including National Parks Foundation, Outdoor Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, Sierra Club, Causeway, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs, Outdoor Chattanooga, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Causeway, Good Neighbor Network, Techme Community Consultants, Southeastern Conservation Corp, The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Park, and Friends of Moccasin Bend.