The Friends of Stringer’s Ridge will hold an organizational launch meeting on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River Street.
The meeting will focus on several areas where the Friends of Stringer's Ridge will need ongoing volunteer help such as trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, planting of natives, promotion, programs and community partnerships.
“During the 18 months leading up to the park’s grand opening in September, hundreds of volunteers devoted thousands of hours to clean up the park and build new trails,” said Rick Huffines, executive director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, which coordinated the volunteer effort to date.
Since its opening as a city park, hundreds of mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers have come to enjoy the nearly eight miles of trails in more than 100 acres of urban forest.
“With this kind of usage, it’s time to formalize a Friends organization backed by a dedicated group of volunteers,” Mr. Huffines said.
For further information or for local residents who can’t attend but still wish to be involved, e-mail Sarah Quattrochi at the Tennessee River Gorge Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423 266-0314.