Making Chattanooga the first American National Park City

Join the Journey
Join the Journey

The steps below outline the process for Chattanooga to become the 1st National Park City in America.

Do Some Research
Learn about the movement

Take some time to find out more about the National Park City movement. It’s important that you have a good understanding of our shared aims and values. Start by finding out what people think of the idea

Register Your Campaign
Joining the family

So, you’ve decided you want to join the National Park City Family. You won’t be alone. We’re here to support you and there’s a community of people working together with the same ambition in other urban areas who want to collaborate with you too.

Explore the Potential
Recruiting support

Next, it’s time to start work on recruiting support to grow your community, taking action and collecting the evidence you’ll need for your portfolio and application. This is the beginning of a rewarding and ongoing journey that will become part of your urban area’s future

Create Your City's Story
The power of story

Creating and sharing stories is an important part of any successful National Park City. Stories have the power to shape how we think and feel.

Draft Proposals and Your
National Park City Sponsor
Gaining support

To gain support for your National Park City, from the public, organizations, politicians and any relevant authorities, you’ll need to put together proposals – a good way to help you formulate your ideas and collaborate with others.

Make Your Case, Grow Your Community and Secure Support
A Clear and Compelling Case

To secure all the support you need to become a National Park City, you’ll need to have a clear and compelling case – and be ready to communicate it. Your case will be closely linked to the things you’ve considered in points one to five, including your story, proposal and Charter.

Develop Your Capacity
Leading the way

This might be by setting up an organization, committee or network, or using another approach. You’ll need to have the right mix of potential, energy, capacity, capability and resources to deliver on your proposal

Submit Your Portfolio
Showcasing what makes us great

For your urban area to become a member of the National Park City Family or an internationally recognized National Park City, you’ll need to submit a portfolio application.

Agree to the National Park City Commitments
Making our commitment

All emerging and established members of the National Park City Family must agree to five commitments. These reflect our common mission and join us together as a family and a movement.

Confirm, Celebrate, and Launch
Dedicated to your satisfaction

Once your application has been approved and you’ve signed the above commitments, you can make plans to confirm and celebrate your status and launch as a National Park City or National Park City Family member.

Together, let's make Chattanooga the FIRST National Park City in America.

Sign the Charter
Sign the Charter

To become a National Park City we need 5,000 Chattanoogans to sign the Charter.