CLEAN-UP DAY AND TAKE PRIDE IN BERLIN WEEK 2017
The Berlin Parks Commission holds an annual clean-up day and Take Pride in Berlin Week around Earth Day (April 22nd).
This year the annual Clean-Up Day falls on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Volunteers are needed to help us clean-up Berlin’s parks, but everyone is encouraged to do whatever they can in and around their own neighborhoods to show their Berlin Pride. Ideas for Clean-Up Day/Take Pride in Berlin week:
- Offer to paint an elderly neighbors porch
- Start a neighborhood compost or herb garden
- Encourage the neighborhood kids to use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures to brighten the streets.
- Take advantage of the Town’s Yard Waste and Bulk Collection dates by planning your own spring spruce-up.
The Town of Berlin offers residents and visitors three parks.
If you are interested in reserving the pavilion at either Stephen Decatur or Henry Parks, please email us, or call 410-641-2770.
For the schedule of Parks Commission Meetings, please click here.
STEPHEN DECATUR PARK
Rt. 113 and Tripoli Street
Stephen Decatur Park consists of approximately 21 acres and offers picnic and playground facilities and tennis and racquetball courts. A pavilion is available for rent for organized events. Stephen Decatur also has a nature pond and trail.
Stephen Decatur Park has long been a gathering place for many groups, families, and individuals, with certain groups returning on an annual basis. The Park has hosted the Berlin Fall Festival for over 30 years and, in the past decade, an African-American Heritage Festival has been held in Stephen Decatur Park several times.
The playground facilities include approximately a dozen pieces for use by the over 5 age group and a tot-lot for the 2-5 age group. Many of the playground pieces were replaced in 2005 through the Community Parks and Playground program.
Henry Park consists of approximately 3.5 acres and offers picnic and playground facilities and basketball courts. A pavilion is available for rent for organized events.
Annually, the Park is host to the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day celebration organized by local veterans’ associations and the National Night Out sponsored by the Berlin Police Department.
The playground facilities include a large multi-function play unit for use by the over 5 age group and a tot-lot for the 2-5 age group. The tot-lot was created in 2005 through the Community Parks and Playground program.
JOHN HOWARD BURBAGE PARK
Named for Berlin’s longest serving Mayor, Burbage Park is a small neighborhood park consisting of approximately .75 acres and located in front of the Berlin Municipal Power Plant. This is an aesthetic park with flowers and trees and a small sitting area.
BERLIN FALLS PARK
Old Ocean City Boulevard
Berlin’s newest park, Berlin Falls Park is located at the former Tyson Chicken Processing Plant. The land and buildings were purchased in 2016, when Berlin had the opportunity to take what had been, in years past, something of a sore spot in the Town. Right now this is considered a passive park, with no formal amenities or activities on site; the park features open land including two large ponds, and is currently being enjoyed by walkers and bird watchers. Plans are being developed for the final use of the park land.
The Berlin Parks Commission is organized under the Town Charter and operates as a volunteer committee made up of citizens of the Town. The Parks Commission actively seeks partnerships with a variety of sponsors and has been successful in cultivating relationships with corporate, civic and private entities to assist with park-related projects. The Town also has funding in its annual budget for Parks related maintenance and other necessities.
In 2009 the Parks Commission, through a grant from Program Open Space, contracted with Vista Design, Inc. to create a Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Plan. Please click here for details of the plan.