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Volunteer with Chattanooga City Parks 

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The Chattanooga Park Stewards Volunteer Program's mission is to significantly improve the environmental and aesthetic quality of our parks and greenways by organizing and promoting volunteerism and stewardship.

Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Parks Division - providing time, talent, and resources to help ensure the health of the park system. The Park Volunteers program also provides an opportunity to educate park visitors and citizens on the importance of stewardship of our parks. Park stewardship is key to guaranteeing that our parks, trails, and greenways will remain safe and clean and be enjoyed for years to come.

Example volunteer tasks include: 

  • Picking up litter, limbs, and debris.
  • Light landscaping, such as pulling weeds and adding mulch.
  • Cleaning and painting benches, picnic tables, and signs.
  • Removing vegetation on walking paths.
  • Reporting maintenance needs. 

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Volunteer Work Days

Weed Wrangle Chattanooga

Saturday, March 3 9am to noon

Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants, such as honeysuckle, Chinese privet, English ivy, and kudzu. Supervised by experts in invasive weed management, Weed Wrangle®-volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants. All tools will be provided. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Bring gloves if you have them and a water bottle.We will be working on uneven terrain.

Chattanooga Parks will be at two sites:

  • South Chickamauga Creek Greenway - Come help clear invasive privet along a section of this 9 mile greenway that winds through a mix of landscapes, including parks, commercial areas, and residential neighborhoods. We'll be working in the section closest to the TN Riverwalk, which opened to the public two years ago. Focusing on privet removal will make way for more native trees and plants to thrive along this creek corridor. Sign up here: https://ihelpchattanooga.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=322373
  • Renaissance Park - Renaissance Park is part of the downtown Riverparks system and has walking paths through wooded areas that are being invaded by unwanted plants. We began targeted invasive removal work here about a year ago and are seeing progress.  Help us continue this work! Sign up here: https://ihelpchattanooga.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=322367

Volunteer Opportunities

Chattanooga Parks volunteers assist with the upkeep of our parks through a variety of opportunities, from litter pick up to invasive species removal. Find one to suit your interests and skills!

Park Stewards
Assist with light maintenance activities and observe and report park condition.

Trail Stewards
Assist with light maintenance activities and observe and report trail conditions along our greenways, Stringers Ridge trails, or the TN Riverwalk.

Urban Eco Stewards
Assist with the upkeep and improvement of the environmental assets of the Chattanooga Parks system, such as rain gardens and natural areas

Lead Stewards
Support the Parks Outreach Coordinator by assisting with volunteer event days, outreach at community events, and park user customer service. Lead Stewards will need to first complete a year in the Park Steward, Trail Steward, or Eco Steward capacity and commit to 40 hrs per year.

Interested in one of these opportunities? Fill out the application form here:


Individual Application

   Individual Application Form 


      pen and paper         Group/Organization Application Form


Once your form is reviewed, you will be contacted regarding an orientation session.  Our next orientation sessions are scheduled February 13 at 6pm and February 17 at 10am.  For more info and to register, email Anna at amathis@chattanooga.gov

Contact: Anna Mathis at amathis@chattanooga.gov

Volunteer Stats

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Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
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(423) 643-6311



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