Oak Ridge Selected to Receive Tourism Enhancement Grant


July 30, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development recently announced that Oak Ridge had been selected to receive a 2018 Tennessee Tourism Enhancement grant. Through this grant, the City of Oak Ridge, in partnership with Explore Oak Ridge, will receive funds to support projects that improve some of the city’s key tourist attractions.

These projects include the design and installation of interpretive signage at sites related to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, as well as improvements to electrical capabilities, accessible parking and seating/viewing areas at the Melton Lake Park waterfront area. Both projects aim to increase the number visitors to Oak Ridge and create a related positive economic impact.

“We were very excited to receive news about the Tourism Enhancement Grant. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Melton Lake are two major attractions for visitors and residents alike. Enhancement to these to assets will undoubtedly improve the city’s ability to attract visitors and add to the city’s already exceptional quality of life,” explains Marc DeRose, President of Explore Oak Ridge.

On July 31, representatives from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will be in Oak Ridge to present the Tourism Enhancement Grant to Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch. The event will take place at 1:30pm at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building at 200 South Tulane Avenue.


Explore Oak Ridge is a non-profit destination marketing organization which provides tourism-related marketing and management services for the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.