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Stringers Ridge Park set to open up to public

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Chattanooga's newest park is putting the finishing touches on before the Stringers Ridge grand opening.

There was public outcry in 2008, when a developer proposed putting condos on the land. Those plans were scrapped by a developer who chose instead to sell the land to the Trust of Public Land group.

Four years later after a lot of sweat equity and fund raising Stringers Ridge accompanied with 8 miles of trail and one very scenic overlook is ready to open.

From talk of condos to protected land with one of Chattanooga's newest million dollar views, "it is the most beautiful view in the city of Chattanooga," said director of City Parks Glenn Sheppard.

Sheppard said most of the work was done by volunteers, "99 percent of it has been done by volunteer hands."

Thus saving the city a large chunk of cash.

The park features up to 8 miles of mountain biking, hiking and running trails all within less than 2 miles from the heart of downtown.

The opening will be a proud moment for Sheppard who has worked building parks for more than a decade, "this ranks in my top 5, I've traveled all over the united states and been to a lot of parks."

The work doesn't stop after they open on Saturday. Park rangers are expected to patrol the 103 acres and they plan to add picnic areas at various spots.

It's open year round from sun up to sun down free to all, "there's no limitations to it, it's here for the enjoyment," said Sheppard.

In total this is a $2.6M project. The city agreed to pay $500,000 which they've done. The rest was raised by the Trust for Public Land.

The parks main entrance is off Spears Avenue.

 

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