East Ridge is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,979. East Ridge is bordered by Chattanooga to the west, north and east, and the Georgia state line to the south. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name of the city comes from its location due east of Missionary Ridge. The Bachman Tubes beneath Missionary Ridge link East Ridge with downtown Chattanooga.
Arts and Culture
The East Ridge City Library is located within the City Hall. In 2008 the East Ridge History Center opened showcasing local history and culture. A community center is also available for use by the public. Located next to City Hall and the Pioneer Frontier Playground, it offers programs for the community.
Parks and Recreation
Camp Jordan is a local park and an arena. The arena provides space for special and sporting events. Camp Jordan has 13 ball fields, nine soccer fields, an amphitheater, RV spaces, a sand volleyball court, picnic pavilion, fishing pond, playground and a walking track. East Ridge is home to the East Ridge Soccer Association, which provides soccer programs for youth and adults. The East Ridge Baseball/Softball Association supports ball games for boys and girls.
The city is governed by Mayor Brent Lambert. Under Lambert is City Manager Tim Gobble. Gobble handles day-to-day administrative tasks and oversees personnel, budget, procurement, city services and public safety. A staff of seven serves under the city manager.
East Ridge has four public schools, which are part of the Hamilton County Schools system: East Ridge Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, East Ridge Middle School and East Ridge High School. As well as two private schools: Belvoir Christian Academy and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.
The East Ridge Police Department maintains public safety within the city and is a full service and state certified agency. The City of East Ridge Animal Services Division provides animal services by way of animal control and an animal shelter for the city.
Public utilities are provided by Chattanooga Gas Company, Tennessee American Water Company, Bell South, EPB and Comcast.
East Ridge is home to Parkridge East Hospital, a branch of Parkridge Medical Center.