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Lincoln Park residents concerned about future of park

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People living in Lincoln Park say they thought they were in the clear, when Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said last year no new developments would take their land. But the residents tell us, their concerns are growing.

"I've been in this neighborhood over 20 something years," said Mary Graham.

Graham says Lincoln Park is a quiet community with the focal point being the park that sits in the middle.

"We'd have children from all different areas come out to the ball field to play ball," said Graham. "It takes care of a lot of the children because you can put them out there and you know where they are. They don't have to cross 3rd street to get to Warner Park."

Graham walks around the park often and says the talk of the central avenue expansion has her worried there could be changes to her patch of green.

"They're gonna have to bust that up to get to Amnicola because that's not a through street," said Graham. "I'm wondering how much damage this is going to do to the park because they've got to make ditches and stuff for the water to run off the road."

While the community was told by the city that they had nothing to worry about, Graham says she's not so sure.

Channel 3 spoke with Lacie Stone at the Mayor's Office who stressed that the road would not go through any part of the park at all and that anyone with any questions could ask them at the public meeting.

There will be a public meeting Tuesday, September 2, at 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

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