Suburban living with urban convenience.

A small suburban community, Ridgeside is located on the east side of historic Missionary Ridge smack dab in the middle of bustling Chattanooga. Ridgeside is only minutes by automobile to the resurgent Chattanooga downtown with its restaurants, shops, galleries, hiking and cycling trails. Erlanger, Memorial, and Parkridge hospitals are within a short drive. The Univeristy of Tennessee at Chattanooga is but seven minutes over the ridge and down McCallie Avenue from the community.

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Ridgeside Park

Ridgesiders who live on the south side of Hilldale Drive and the north side of Ridgeside Road claim their homes are the best located in the community. Their properties border the pastoral park that stretches from the community pool on Shepherd Avenue. down the hill to Brookwood Drive. The little park was the site of the Ridgeside’s famous 1920s miniature golf course. The golf course, most of which is now long replaced by homes, existed along the little brook that still flows through the valley. Most of the stream was covered in the early days of Ridgeside, but portions still babble along.

The park is the site of the community pool, tennis courts, a playground, and a pathway though a stand of old trees, some of which are said date to the 1860s. The park and pool are community favorites for swimming, tennis, walking, bicycling, and children’s play.

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Playgroud

Children have for generations played in the Ridgeside Park and on the park’s playground toys. Over the years the swings, climbing structures, tables, and benches have been replaced a number of times, always with goals of safety and durability.

The area is a destination-rest stop for parents walking little children. The huge shade trees overhanging the area create a cool spot for child play and adult meditation.

The little brook that runs the length of the park goes underground on one side of the playground and reappears on the other.

The area is maintained by the community’s parks committee. The committee of volunteers also oversees the maintenance and management of the community pool.

 

More about the playground

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City Commission

Ridgeside is governed by its citizens through a commission composed of the mayor and two commissioners. Officials serve four-year terms. The three candidates for office receiving the most votes are elected. Of those three, the person receiving the most votes is designated mayor.

Regular town meetings are held on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October. Meetings are held at the Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 400 Tunnel Boulevard and begin at 7:00 pm. Ordinances and resolutions passed by the commissioners are publicized through this website and by email.

All residents are encouraged to attend commission meetings. Notices of these meetings are printed in the Chattanooga Times / Free Press, posted on the website, and circulated by email.

Commission Actions

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Annual Luminaries

Ridgeside’s annual Christmas street lighting or luminaries is a decades old tradition usually occurring the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas.

In case of rain or snow the day of the lighting, the event is often cancelled. On nights of lighting, parking along the streets is discouraged to make room for the visitors who drive through the community to enjoy Ridgeside's Christmas spirit.

A neighborhood holiday open house is held annually on the Monday night before Christmas.

More about the Luminaries

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Community Pool

Ridgeside’s community pool is the second on the site. In the late 1970s the first pool needed extensive repairs and was considered too small for the growing community. A new, enlarged pool and pool house replaced the old one, and it has been a center of community activity since its opening.

The pool is the home to the neighborhood Ridgeside Dolphins swim team, and the pool house serves as the voting venue for local, state, and national elections.

 

2016 Pool Closing and Repairs Note

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Community Club

All Shepherd Hills and Crescent Park residents are welcome to participate in community club activities. Meetings are held on the first Friday of February, May, October, and December. A Featured Speaker is always included. Notices are distributed before each meeting.

New officers are selected in May and take office June 1st. Dues are $20.00, and pay for community items such as printing Ridgeside directory; supplies for the picnic and other socials; bags, sand, and candles for the Christmas lighting.


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