Park Renewal Day – Register a Team, Have Fun & Win Prizes!

The Fourth Annual Park Renewal Day is coming up on Saturday November 12 at Dearborn Park. Not only do you have an opportunity to help keep the park clear but you might win some major cash! Founded in 2008, Park Renewal Day helps to raise awareness about invaasive planats and bring the community together to rejuvenate the shared green space.

Did you know that invasive plant species like Chinese privet and English ivy are taking over our community parks by strangling and crowding out native plants?

Renewal Design-Build, along with DeKalb County Parks, DeKalb County Greenspace, and the City of Decatur, call on neighbors like you to help save our precious green spaces. Teammates work together to clear their plots of invasive species and debris, competing against other teams.

Teams compete for prize money by uprooting invasive plants in one of our local community parks. 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.

To watch a video of last year’s event and to register, click here or call 404-371-2540.

Did I mention that there will be food and music? Sounds like a great way to have fun while giving back to the community.

Walk for Lunch and Be Healthy Starts Tuesday, October 4

Park Renewal Day 2010- Connecting People and Greenspace

Park Renewal Day begin three years ago and this year’s event was a blast.  Twelve teams showed up at Dearborn Park ready to work and  braved the cold weather last Saturday morning.  This event was a collaborative effort between Renewal Design Build, DeKalb County and the City of Decatur Active Living.  Thanks to all the teams pulling out privet and eradicting ivy at Dearborn Park.  Congratulations to Decatur High School  Close Up Club and the Ivy League from the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association for sharing the first place honors.  Second Place- P.I.G.S. (People in Gloves Pulling Ivy Gleefully) from Decatur First United Methodist.  Third Place- Beast of the Brush from the Academe of the Oaks. Celebrity judges City of Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and Mike Glenn, Atlanta Hawks TV Analyst.  Dearborn Park experienced live music, hot dogs and plenty of volunteers to enhance this great green space.  Mark your calendar – November 12, 2011 for Park Renewal Day.

Park Renewal Day Count Down

Currently nine teams have registered to pull out privet and eradicating ivy at Dearborn Park on Saturday, November 6.  Registration is limited to 15 teams.  To register your team today visit or call 404-371-2540.   Sign up for S.T.R.I.P. training held at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St on Saturday, October 23 at 10am and Wednesday, November 4 at 6pm.   First place- $1,000, Second place- $300, Third place- $200.    Grab your work gloves and bring your friends.  Stay for great food and music.

Park Renewal Day November 6: Register Your Team And Win

September 2010 – On Saturday, November 6th, participants will return to Dearborn Park to root out invasive plants for the 3rd annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year, this joint effort of Renewal Design-Build, the DeKalb County Parks Department and City of Decatur’s Active Living Division, has well over 100 participants – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park.

 Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second and third place teams will take home $300 and $200, respectively. Each team’s assigned plot will be scored by County Park experts and local celebrities. Food, music and the awarding of prizes follow the competition.

 Any group willing to come together to help the park and raise money is eligible and should register as soon as possible. Teams in past years have included school organizations, neighborhood associations, and Scout troops. Last year, the Decatur High School Close Up Club used its prize winnings to help fund a spring trip to Gettysburg.

 For more photos and registration information click here. Groups should register as soon as possible, as a limited number of teams are allowed to participate.