Throughout the years, Amy has been one of the most effective “behind the scenes” advocates for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Her input in the Greenway project goes back to the beginnings in the late 1990s. She has served in a number of posts in Bradley County government, including assistant to the county mayor and county planner. She has worked nearly two decades in the public sector.
Because of her position, Amy became involved from the start in the process of charting the most effective path along Mouse Creek and, most importantly, in writing grants for funding. She had previously worked with Chattanooga in their pursuit of the Chattanooga Riverpark so her experience was a natural fit.
Amy’s skill in grant writing has been perhaps the most effective tool in realizing the dream of a Greenway in Cleveland and Bradley County. Her expertise in compiling the detailed elements necessary for being considered for state grants has garnered our community more than $1.3 million, starting with the first $48,000 received in June 1998 for Phase I. The grant was awarded from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Local Parks & Recreation Fund and was matched by the city and county ($24,000 each).
Amy was just getting started. In 1999, she applied to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for a Transportation Enhancement Grant to help fund Phase 2 of the Greenway from 25th Street to Raider Drive. In April 2001, word was received that the grant was awarded in the amount of more than $678,000. This is the largest single grant to date ever received for our Greenway.
Knowing the Greenway needed to continue, Amy set her magic pen to applying for another TDOT grant, this time for Phase 3, between 20th Street and Willow Street. Keeping with her successful record, the Greenway was awarded close to half a million dollars ($495,987) for Phase 3.
Also on Phase 3, Amy applied for and received another grant — $64,000 through the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) — to help purchase a tract of property between 17th and Willow streets.
She tapped TDEC a second time to win another RTP grant, this time for $20,000 for a long-range planning study for the Greenway. Her grant-writing skills paid off yet again in 2006 when the Greenway was awarded $50,000 from TDEC for a portion of Phase 4 between Paul Huff Parkway and Tinsley Park.
In between grant applications, Amy has been involved in other aspects of the Greenway. She played a key role in the formation of the Greenway Board in 2004, serving as the first secretary/treasurer. For years, she managed the inquiries that came in concerning the Greenway, either by mail, phone or email. She was instrumental in launching the Greenway bench program, securing the vendor and placing the orders. She also served as the first chairman of the Parks and Playgrounds subcommittee.
Recently, I received the news that Amy had accepted a new job with the Tucker Foundation. In an email from her last week in response to my monthly reminder of the Greenway Board meeting, she said she would be leaving her involvement with the Greenway. She referred to it as a “sad change” for her. I agree.
Amy’s contributions to the Greenway over the years have been superior. Yes, the $1,356,707 was received from TDEC, TDOT and others, but the bottom line is our community would not have the Greenway we have today without Amy’s diligence in applying for these grants.
She has made a lasting impact on Bradley County and for this we say a heartfelt, “Thank you, Amy Moore!”