Save the Date – Nov. 7th 2009, Park Renewal Day

Park Renewal Day 2009 — Fight Invasives and Compete for Cash!
Help save DeKalb County’s Dearborn Park and your group could win big money!

The Competition
Teams compete for prize money by uprooting invasive plants at Dearborn Park, near the corner of S. Candler Street and Midway Road. Officials from DeKalb County and the City of Decatur will judge the quality and quantity of work done to each group’s designated work space.

Save the Date!
Park Renewal Day is Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 am to 12:30 pm (Registration: 7:30 to 8 am). Food and live entertainment follow the work session. At least one member from each team must attend one of two training sessions hosted by DeKalb County Parks and Recreation in the gym at Decatur Rec Center, 231 Sycamore Street. Teams must register by Oct. 24. Space is limited, so
sign up now.

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Park Renewal Day 2008
The inaugural Park Renewal Day, on a drizzly Saturday morning in November 2008, drew more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers to help restore Dearborn Park’s natural ecosystem so that choked-out native plants can return and thrive. The effort was an unqualified success. By the end of the day, 11 teams of volunteers had cleared more than an acre of invasive non-native plants and other debris. They brought immediate improvements to the park habitat and set the standard for future Park Renewal Day events.

The quality of work done by each team was scored by a panel of community notables that included State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield; County Commissioner Jeff Rader; Gary Pfeiffer from DeKalb County; and Clarence Scott, Decatur native and former NFL football player. Prize money for charitable causes was awarded to the four highest-scoring teams.

Winning teams were:
First place: Invasive & Persuasive
Second place: Ivy League
Third Place: Decatur Bulldog Boosters
Fourth Place: Kudzu Krunchers

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