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Riverview Park

Riverview Park

Mitch Silver

After hearing about Sunday’s tragedy where three University of Virginia players were killed and others injured after a former football player allegedly shot them after a field trip, I was certainly saddened. Read also : Woodville High School students, band cheerleaders, players pumped for week 8 football.

I also began to think that Virginia may have signed some players from the Chattanooga area to play football in recent years. I looked at the Virginia roster and sure enough, three Chattanoogans are listed on the Cavaliers’ active roster.

They are linebacker Trey McDonald and cornerback Jaylon Baker, both Baylor School graduates, and former Boyd Buchanan tight end Karson Gay. Mr. McDonald and Mr. Gay are freshmen, while Mr. Baker is a fifth-year player after starting his career at Miami.

Mr. Baker, No. 26, had played regularly and even started in several games in 2019 and 2020, the Virginia website said, while Mr. McDonald, No. 17, apparently spent his early years in the state of Wisconsin. Mr. Gay, No. 88, has the off-field distinction of being an Eagle Scout, and his father, Kyle, played defensive lineman at Middle Tennessee State.

Chattanoogans — who are also connected to Virginia through the founders of Baylor and McCallie and U.Va.’s Miller Center which is named for the late Burkett Miller of Miller & Martin Law Firm — certainly remembering the Virginia team in thoughts and prayers at this time.

As many know, Boyd Buchanan is located off North Moore Road not far from Brainerd High School, and perhaps the most visible view of it is from the Brainerd Levee trail system near Wilcox Boulevard.

Parks like that have been in the news locally for the past few days as former New York City Parks Department Commissioner and current city planner Mitch Silver spoke in Chattanooga on Nov. 10 with the help of Chattanooga Design Studio. He also met with city parks officials and toured the area.

I didn’t get to hear his talk or meet him, but Chattanooga Parks & Outdoor Communications and Marketing Director Brian Smith forwarded a short video interview he did with him. In it, Mr. Silver praises Chattanooga for having such ideal amenities as the mountain and river landscape, as well as downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding established parks.

“I love the romance of the interaction between the built environment and nature and just enjoyed walking through a lot of the green spaces,” he told Mr. Smith of his impressions of the city.

Later in the interview, he said the plan for a good park system is already here and added, “Expand your greenways and trails that connect neighborhoods, not only for transportation, but also for recreation.”

As the city has gathered feedback and done some park visioning under new department director Scott Hartman, Silver urged Chattanoogans to focus in part on Ross’s Landing.

“It’s a great opportunity to reimagine that space. It’s right next to the aquarium and to me it presents a really wonderful opportunity,” he said.

He also told Mr. Smith that parks took off and expanded greatly in the United States after the flu epidemic of 1918, when people realized the health benefits of outdoor recreation, and he believes that will happen in this era when COVID-19 appears to be waning. And that includes in Chattanooga.

He also emphasized the importance of all Chattanoogans throughout the city having equal access to park space, and he encouraged people to volunteer in the local parks and vote yes on bond issues that would fund park improvements or expansions.

“If you want a vibrant city, if you want a vibrant neighborhood, you need quality parks,” he said.

One city park that has been in the news lately has been Riverview Park over the recent removal of a section of the tall metal fence that has surrounded it for decades. Although it was done to open up the space and remove a fence that had sometimes worn down, some wonder about the safety of children wandering into residential streets, etc. Officials say a buffer of some sort that is more aesthetically pleasing could eventually be placed there.

I’ve never been one for using fences to keep people out of a place, unless it’s for legitimate safety reasons, and hopefully the Riverview issue can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

I stopped by and checked out the park on Friday around 12:00 p.m., and the fences are down along Terrace and Sterling avenues, and the fence posts are covered. But the fence is still up on the Riverview Road and Barton Avenue sides. The latter fact is likely because the stone walls constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1939 during the New Deal era are several feet high in places and would create additional safety hazards without a fence.

Although I’ve never lived within five miles or so of Riverview Park, I became very familiar with it when I started working at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club in college four decades ago. And after I started working at the Chattanooga News-Free Press and traveled on Hixson Pike between downtown and my home, I often continued jogging through Riverview after parking in the park and taking a lap or two in it, too.

And I would even sneak a jog out to the edges of the course where I used to work when it didn’t seem crowded with golfers or during the colder season. Hey, there was no fence there!

When I first got to know the park as a young adult, I liked how it was situated between the nice and more fashionable Riverview area and the smaller bungalow homes of North Chattanooga that in the 1980s were lived in by more middle class people. Since then, the value of all the homes around the park has increased significantly, and some homes right near the park have been extended or replaced.

I continued to keep an eye on the park and noticed that for a period of time, especially from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, the basketball court was popular for games, apparently involving players from outside the neighborhood.

Once I passed by there and was shocked to notice that the court had been dug up. I thought it might make an interesting little story about the end of an era for a local park and called the park officials or someone. Within a day or so, then-City Councilwoman Mai Bell Hurley called me and politely asked me not to write a story about it.

Although she was a true pioneer and noble woman who wanted to make Chattanooga a better city for everyone in her civic and state leadership positions, she was perhaps concerned that it might send a message that they were trying to exclude outsiders from the park. She emphasized that they wanted to make it more of a neighborhood park, which soon included adding the covered stage and a larger playground.

Journalists periodically have to decide whether to alienate a good contact or source or go ahead and write a news story for the greater good, and I somewhat disappointedly agreed not to run anything. As a mostly columnist, that issue hasn’t come up much for me over the years, but know it’s one of the dilemmas of being a journalist.

Around this time I used the park even more to play tennis and passing football with former newspaper colleague David Palmer, so I kept a close eye on the park.

I eventually moved up to Signal Mountain—ironically into a home on Green Gorge Road first occupied by none other than Ms. Hurley decades earlier – and I visited the park less, while always wanting it better.

I don’t throw the football as much anymore either, now that I’m 63, but I still watch football games and I learned several stories last weekend about the multi-faceted and interesting history that is college football.

Amid the discussions about whether Tennessee scored too many points against Missouri or whether Georgia would eventually pull away comfortably ahead of upset Mississippi State, I heard about three smaller — but perhaps more interesting — football stories.

First, I learned that the reason Notre Dame plays generally weaker Navy every year is not to get a usually sure-fire win. That’s because the Navy helped provide students for naval-related programs at then-male Notre Dame during World War II, when the Indiana school feared closing due to low enrollment. To show their gratitude, the Irish agreed to play Navy every year in perpetuity, which they have with the exception of the COVID-plagued 2020 season. Last Saturday, Notre Dame held off a valiant Navy comeback to win, 35-32.

And then while watching the Ole Miss-Alabama game, I learned that each school had a sister cheering for their team. Jordan Huguley is a cheerleader for Alabama, while younger sister Payton is a freshman cheerleader for Ole Miss.

They attended Lee-Scott Academy in — of all places — Auburn, Al., and their mother, Darenda, had been an Ole Miss cheerleader.

And speaking of Auburn, I thought it was heartwarming that after the Tigers beat Texas A&M at home Saturday to move to 4-6 in what has been a very disappointing season for the War Eagle faithful, the students and other fans remained in the stands. cheers heartily. It was an example that bad seasons can still have some uplifting moments.

But that wasn’t all. Legendary former Auburn quarterback in the early 2000s Carnell “Cadillac” Williams was as excited and giddy as a high schooler scoring his first touchdown after earning his first win as interim coach.

And then I was reminded of another great story from college football of old when Harry Smith of NBC’s “Today” show made a video story about the fact that this Sunday is the 40th anniversary of the famous Cal-Berkley victory over Stanford in the event called simply. “The piece.” Others may remember it as the game when the Stanford band ran onto the field a little too early.

Future Denver Broncos quarterback and rally lover John Elway had led Stanford to a late field goal to put them ahead with four seconds left, but then Cal under coach and former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp had a kickoff return for the ages.

With the Stanford band and other supporters walking onto the field thinking the game was over, the Cal players continued to kick the ball around and managed to get it into the endzone and score for the Golden Bears’ 25-20 win – but not until after the officials had a discussion.

Of course, in this era of video review by officials, the play would have been scrutinized even more as questions arose about whether a player was on his knee before hitting the ball, and whether any of the laterals stepped forward illegally.

Only a few games were on TV in those days, and I think most people, including me, didn’t know about the unusual game until that night or the next morning on televised sports highlights.

Mr. Smith interviewed Mr. Elway, Cal announcer Joe Starkey, Stanford trombonist Gary Tyrrell (who got in the way and was aggressively shoved) and Cal player Kevin Moen, who scored the winning touchdown. Mr. Moen had ended up with the ball after first fielding the kick and starting the sideline process.

They, like me, now have a few gray hairs, but their memory with sparkles in their eyes showed that the magic of college football never gets old.

Let’s hope the Virginia and Chattanooga players, despite already having a bad season with a 3-7 record before the tragic shooting, can still grasp some of the hopeful optimism that is such a good part of sports before the season ends.

Can I still log into my MySpace?

Myspace, the website that was the most popular social network from 2005 to 2008. To see also : Washington Commanders’ Daniel Snyder strategy could be a ‘ploy’ against Jeff Bezos. Myspace is a free, advertising-supported service that allows users to create online profile pages that contain photos, express their interests and, most importantly, link to other people’s profiles.

Is Myspace still working in 2022? Myspace, AND for social networking sites, definitely still exists.

Who uses Myspace anymore?

Does Myspace still have my account? Follow. See the article : Han Ji-hyun stuns as a rookie cheerleader in the upcoming rom-com Cheer Up!. Your Myspace profile from the Classic site is still here.

Yes, about 63 million people. The latest report: According to the latest comScore figures, MySpace lost 10 million unique users between January and February of this year, going from 73 million to 63 million in four weeks.

Why isn’t Myspace popular anymore? Myspace failed due to increasing competition, a poor and inconsistent product, large expenses, as well as ongoing legal battles. The site was launched in January 2004 and became the world’s leading social media platform. It was acquired for $580 million by News Corp in 2005, but eventually flamed out.

What is Myspace called now? First, it’s no longer called MySpace – it’s now Myspace (lowercase âsâ).

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