Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University.
Collegedale was founded as the site of Southern Adventist University (then Southern Junior College) in 1916. It was incorporated under a city manager government in 1968, the first city manager being J. M. Ackerman.
Collegedale has a large Seventh-day Adventist community and in 2005 described as an "enclave" for the religion by Charles Reagan Wilson and Mark Silk.
McKee Foods is headquartered in Collegedale. Started in Chattanooga in 1934 the company moved to a facility on Southern Adventist University campus in 1956. McKee Foods is the producer of Little Debbie and Sunbelt snack foods.
Arts and Culture
In August 2011 the Collegedale Public Library opened, supported by the city. Residents with a Chattanooga Public Library card are welcome to patronize the library, alongside locals.
Parks and Recreation
Six parks are managed by the Parks & Recreation Department of Collegedale:
East Hamilton County Park has a high school baseball field and three youth fields.
Wolftever Creek Greenway is a greenway which spans throughout the city and continues to be expanded upon by the city.
Collegedale Dog Park provides dog-owners with a dog park for unleashed dog socialization.
Imagination Station & Pavilion is a playground and rental space located behind City Hall with a train theme.
The Nature Nook is an amphitheatre built by the East Hamilton County Kiwanis Club for the city.
Veterans Memorial Park is located along the Wolftever Creek Greenway and features plaques, sculptures and flags as a memorial to United States war veterans.
The town also has youth and adult softball leagues.
Collegedale was incorporated in 1968. It operates under a City Manager-Commission form of government. Five commissioners are elected by popular vote and they are responsible for choosing a city manager, who then proceeds to implement the commissions policies.
Southern Adventist University, a private Christian university, is located in Collegedale. It has an affiliated K-12 school Collegedale Academy.
The city is located just off the I-75 corridor. The Collegedale Municipal Airport is owned by the City of Collegedale and has about 120 aircraft stationed there. In 2003, the airport was awarded the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission's "Airport of the Year" title.
Collegedale has a recycling program which requires the public to bring their recyclables to the city public works department. The city uses recycling to reduce the costs of landfill waste disposal and offsets the cost of recycling by selling the recyclable materials. Comcast provides cable services and CenturyLink supplies landline phone services. Electricity is supplied by EPB and the Chattanooga Gas Company supplies gas needs. The city and/or Hamilton County handles resident sewer needs and Eastside Utility District handles water services.
Health & Safety
The city utilizes Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services for emergency medical services and contracts fire & rescue services to the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department located in Collegedale. The local volunteer fire department, at Station 1, has 100 members and support staff and an ISO Class 4 rating. The Collegedale Police Department provides police services for the city.
City of Collegedale (official site)