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BUILDING DEMOCRACY
The goal was not only to build
a park, but also to build a
community where people felt
connected with nature.
er family and community members
also moved to the area. The 1986
Immigration Reform and Control
Act allowed some undocumented
Guatemalan migrants to legalize
their status by applying for political
asylum. Today, Chattanooga has a
notable Guatemalan community
that continues to grow.
In 2016, the Chattanooga Public
Lands office and The Trust for
Public Land (TPL) applied for and
obtained a National Endowment
for the Arts grant. They used the
funds to put together a series of
public engagement events to determine
what type of park would
be built in the area. The goal was
not only to build a park, but also
to build a community where people
felt connected with nature.
Spearheading the public engagement
for the park was Josiah Golson,
a local lawyer, artist and writer.
His team included TPL's Daniela
Peterson, architect Roy Wroth and
multimedia artist Botany Rain. For
Peterson, this project was the first
time she had ever interacted with a
community in this way. " Instead of
asking what they wanted in a park
and doing a survey, [we took a different
approach], " she says. " We
didn't ask 'What do you want to see
in a park?'; that wasn't on the list of
questions. Instead, it was more like,
'How do you use the outdoors?' "
Since Chattanooga is such a largely
immigrant community, " the reality
in their countries was completely
different, " says Peterson. " If I go
and knock on your door and ask
what you want in a park, I am assuming
that you know what I mean
by a park. Many of these people
didn't have access before [to parks]
because it was the first time they
were in the states. " What we found
in our questioning was that " people
spend family time outdoors; they
spend time eating together. People
[were currently] already using the
space each day; walking through,
going to work, going to school, going
to main street, " she says.
For Peterson, this project goes beyond
turf and playground equipment
- it has impacts and significance for
generations to come. In the United
National Endowment for the Arts grant funding went toward the creation of public engagement events for Chattanooga, Tennessee,
residents. This gave community members an opportunity to provide input on the Lynnbrook Park project.
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