Coolidge Park is a free public park with a large field of grass on the North-side of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga TN. The park is located under the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge. You do have to pay for parking now in pay by the hour lots or individual parking meters. You can sit on a park bench and watch boats go down the river. There are many restaurants near the park including Clumpy’s Ice Cream, which is a routine stop at the park or walking the bridge for fun. The park has a beautiful Carousel that cost $1 per ride. This is a favorite attraction for my kids. There is a large fountain for the kids to play during those hot Summer days; it is surrounded with statues of animals spraying water into it. There are public restrooms, sidewalks, park benches, a few picnic tables, and grills. You can rent the Walker Pavilion or the Carousel Building for 2 hours to have a birthday party. We have done this twice for my daughter’s birthday party. It cost $120. for 2 hrs. There are different benefits to having a party in each building. The Walker Pavilion is completely enclosed with air conditioning (nice in the Summer), a small kitchen with sink, frig, microwave. This is helpful if you are serving food at the party. The park staff will set up tables and chairs for you. The Walker Pavilion rental does not provide you with any free Carousel tickets. The Carousel Building has a room for birthday parties too, the cost is the same $120 for 2 hr party, but you will also receive 3 Carousel ride tickets per person coming to your party. I had 25 guests at my daughter’s birthday, and they gave me 75 tickets. This was great, and well worth the cost. There is no kitchen and no air conditioning for your party in the Carousel building. They do open the doors and have really large fans to keep it cool in there. The park staff will also set up tables and chairs for your party. If you live in Chattanooga, call 311 to make a reservation to rent the Walker Pavilion or the Carousel for your party. The city will have a huge 4th of July Fireworks show where thousands of people will be packed into the park. We have attended this event many times. People will be sitting on blankets or in lawn chairs they bring from home. Parking, getting to the park, and leaving the park during this big event is terrible. They have very little parking, so most people will need to walk a distance.
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