Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga was dreamt up and put into motion by Chattanooga attorney and businessman Burkett Miller. About a million dollars had been raised from the private sector, and $500,000 was coming from the city to acquire land.

The location of the park was a functioning downtown block, though many of the buildings sat vacant. As a result, the remaining buildings were to be razed, with the First Federal Savings and Loan building at the corner of Georgia Avenue and what was then East Ninth Street (now M.L. King Jr. Boulevard) to be acquired at a future date.

The park was completed and dedicated on a cold December 8, 1976. It was officially named Miller Park, not for Burkett himself, but for his parents White B. and Mary.

Miller Park would be one of the showplaces and focal points of downtown, particularly for the first 15 years or so after it opened. It was the center for music performances, theater, civic demonstrations and even the city Christmas tree.