From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will gather atop Lookout Mountain to stroll along the park’s breathtaking paths along the brow, enjoy the music of the Power Players underneath the iconic New York Peace Monument, and toast the centennial of the National Park Service. Chattanooga's first tourist destination, Umbrella Rock, will again be open for photographs and "selfies." National Treasures Chair Becky Browder notes, "This year's National Treasures event is even more special as it is occurring on the National Park Service's Founders Day – the day the agency is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its establishment."
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park receives an annual federal allocation that covers its basic operations, but it includes only a fraction of the money needed to maintain, repair, restore, and interpret the historic and cultural features spread across its 9,100 acres. Each year, the proceeds from National Treasures assist the Friends in providing additional funding to the Park to help with educational programming, restoration projects, and visitor services.
More than 1 million people visit the seven units of the park. An independent study conducted in 2014 found that those visitors add more than $55 million to the greater Chattanooga area economy, supporting 771 local jobs. National Treasures ensures that the Friends are able to assist the park with restoration and education efforts that continue to inspire visitors whether they are studying history, admiring the beauty of the landscape, or enjoying a recreational activity.
Tickets for National Treasures are $75 each or $130 per couple, and are tax deductible. For more information, go to www.friendsofchch.org or call (423) 648-5623.