A New Light on Parks
Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park, built in 1999, was a great
success by day, becoming the city’s most visited park. But at night, the park
was almost a victim of its own success.
“This is one of our premier parks in Chattanooga,” says
Larry Zehnder, administrator of parks and recreation. “We were having gang
issues, with teenagers in gang groups assembling in the park.”
One of the major obstacles to better police enforcement in
the Tennessee park was the limited lighting, which made it difficult for police
to identify people at night. So, with the assistance of a grant from the U.S.
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