CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A new city program hopes to inspire residents to take a larger ownership of Chattanooga's 65 parks, 35 miles of trails and 4,800 acres of land.

Brian Smith, the city's Parks and Recreation Department spokesman, said a Park Stewards program will be launched this week with an emphasis on getting more people into the parks to be the eyes and ears for the department.

With the city owning 4,800 acres of park land, it's tough to cover for a department that has 70 park employees and 10 rangers, he said.

"We're glad to have all that land, but we can't be there all the time," he said.

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