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Little Debbie Park in Collegedale, Tennessee

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Little Debbie Park opened last year in Collegedale, Tennessee.  Five years in the making, it is a huge asset to not only Collegedale but the Chattanooga area as well.  Take the kids to play or enjoy a walk around all the space.  Who doesn’t love a giant Christmas Tree Cake?

It has quickly become the go to place for selfies, even attracting travelers from all across the country.  Oh, and for the whole family to enjoy the park or walking.  

When first approached, the City of Collegedale wasn’t on board with the park, but now they are proud of what it’s bringing to the community.  Continued improvements are being made with repaving of the street and more parking planned for the future.




Little Debbie and McKee Bakery weren’t the first business ventures for O. D. McKee.  He began selling cakes from his car back in 1933 and soon after reformulated the recipe to have the Oatmeal Creme Pie.  For a complete history of the McKee Bakery beginning, find it HERE.


The Face of Little Debbie

Is there a real “Little Debbie”? Why yes there is. 

McKee Family

She was part of the McKee family who attended the Grand Opening of Little Debbie Park recently.  (far right in photo – courtesy of McKee Bakery)

Her grandfather, O. D. McKee, thought she would make the perfect face for the company back in 1960.

Little Debbie


There’s a bronze statue of “Little Debbie” herself, based on a picture of Debbie sampling products in the original McKee Bakery.  Artist Alex Paul Loza from Chattanooga helped to unveil the statue during the grand opening.

Little Debbie Bronze Statue
Little Debbie Bronze Statue


Enjoying Little Debbie Park

It’s not only a playground but also a great green space.  A few facts:

Park is 10 acres

418 trees planted

5575 shrubs and plants planted

Landscaping little debbie Park
Landscaping Around Little Debbie Park

The design of the playground features inclusive playground equipment

Inclusive Playground Equipment
Inclusive Playground Equipment

A large pavilion along with several smaller ones for your use

Large Pavilion for Public Use
Large Pavilion for Public Use

A fun zipline 

Zip Line Little Debbie Park
Enjoying the Zipline

There’s a hill to slide down – bring your own cardboard

Hill at Little Debbie Park
Sliding Hill and Playground


Snack Cake Statues

What’s your favorite Little Debbie Snack Cake?

Christmas Tree Cake?

Christmas Tree Snack Cake Statue
Christmas Tree Snack Cake Statue

Cosmic Brownie?

Cosmic Brownie Statue
Cosmic Brownie Statue

Oatmeal Crème Pie?

Oatmeal Creme Pie
Oatmeal Creme Pie Statue

Nutty Buddy Wafer Bar?

Nutty Buddy Bar Statue
Nutty Buddy Bar Statue

My overall is probably the Swiss Roll – why wasn’t it immortalized????

Little Debbie and McKee Bakery

A few facts about Little Debbie and McKee Baking Company:

It was the official snack for the 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee

A vinyl record was made in 1965 – I need to find a copy for my record collecting husband

A giant Oatmeal Crème Pie was featured in the 80’s film – Honey I Shrunk The Kids

In 1992, a Collector’s Edition of Little Debbie was produced by Barbie

Christmas Tree Cakes were introduced in 1985 with a triangular shape and got it scalloped edges in 2012.

The world’s largest Oatmeal Crème Pie was created in 2011 weighing in at 125 pounds.  It was served to crowds at Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Make a Visit to Little Debbie Park

Little Debbie Park and Collegedale, Tennessee is just a few miles off I-75 between Ooltewah and Chattanooga.  Bring a picnic and spend some time in this lovely park.

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Happy Travels, 


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