Heritage Park is a 22 acre park in East Brainerd that has a lot to offer kids in Chattanooga. This post is a little lengthy but that is because there is a lot to share about Heritage Park. There is a large play structure, plus standard and toddler swings. You will also find a bocce ball court and life size chess set. A flat paved walking trail wraps around and through the park. It is also wide enough to be stroller friendly. Mackey’s Branch flows through the front of the park and adds to the natural beauty. It is common to see kids and pets playing in the creek although I haven’t quite gotten up the nerve to let KJ in there yet. Fortunately, he is satisfied skipping stones so far. There are some beautiful structures and buildings in Heritage Park. The centerpiece being the Heritage House. Heritage House was, at one time, the Henshell Family Estate. It is now used by the community for various activities and festivals. It really makes this park such a pretty and unique setting. On the property you will also find a gazebo and old painted barn which has served as the backdrop for many family photos.
Four legged kids are not forgotten here as one of the best off leash dog parks in the region is located right inside Heritage Park (the dog park requires an annual membership fee). An annual event called Bark in the Park is held here each October. This year’s event is this Satruday (October 13th). The event helped provide funds for the building of the dog park as well as support of local organizations such as the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy.
In addition to Bark in the Park, Heritage Park also hosts the community festival HubFest each May. Other events occur throughout the year. This past summer the City of Chattanooga Parks and Rec department partnered with the Bridge Church of Chattanooga to bring “Movies in the Park” to this area. It was well received and will hopefully become an ongoing activity.
There are several picnic tables around the play areas. If you didn’t pack a picnic Mojo Burrito and Lupi’s Pizza are both located at the entrance to the park. If you just want something sweet both Tasty Daylight Donuts and Bruster’s Ice Cream are also next door. As you can probably tell, we really enjoy Heritage Park and hope you will as well.The Little Details: Location: 1428 Jenkins Road (off of East Brainerd Rd) Chattanooga, TN 37421 Food/Drink: Water fountains Playground: Yes Play Area Ground Cover: Rubber padding Pet Friendly: Yes Picnic Tables: Yes Restrooms: Yes