This Barred Owl was rescued by caring neighbors from City of Decatur, Ga who were members of  Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort Inc. (A.W.A.R.E) back in September 2015.  The bird survived and is still recuperating at their sanctuary.  We hope after it completes it’s molting that it can be released back in to Dearborn Park.


Thanks to Paula and the kind joggers (who waited two hours!) for rescuing an injured Barred Owl that was along the bushes along Midway Rd. Paula contacted friends from Audubon society and they were able to get an AWARE volunteer to come immediately. The juvenile owl was emaciated, but will be cared for and I assume put back in the wild! All the more reason to keep development out of the park. It’s a natural wildlife habitat right in our own backyards. Ok, off my soapbox and thanks again for everyone’s assistance!

Atlanta Audubon Society

Friends of Dearborn Park. It was formed in 2007. Over the course of 5 years, 2008-2012, our main objective was just to get the green space cleared to a point where you could actually walk in the area. This involved working with County and City officials, Park Pride, volunteers and various other stakeholders. Once a year our project was of clearing invasive species, cutting down and pulling up ivy and clearing out trash including old tires, etc. This was a huge undertaking and allowed the City to be able to build the path that we have now. Over the years people such as myself have even developed unofficial dirt paths on both sides of the creek. In addition, Friends of Dearborn Park was able to procure a matching grant so that we could replace the playground equipment with what you now see. Over the years we have planted trees and continue to clear the paths of invasive species and perform general clean up.

Friends of Dearborn Park would like to create exciting opportunities to work together as a community, to create a vision together and increase connectivity. Parks, greenspaces and trails create opportunities to bridge gaps and barriers within and betweenindividuals, neighborhoods and business districts.

Dearborn Park should function as part of a system that supports healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment using a systematic approach.

Collaborations: DeKalb County Parks & Rec and Decatur, Georgia, nonprofit, business, philanthropic and community partners are central to our success and help us achieve a greater impact.

Respect: Each individual has intrinsic value that deserves recognition and respect. We demonstrate respect through active listening, passion with politeness and openness to multiple perspectives.

Inclusivity: People of all ages and backgrounds have important voices that should be heard. Parks are for everyone.

Friends of Dearborn Park is committed to preserving and improving Dearborn Park for residents located in Midway Woods and surrounding areas. Dearborn Park is located at:
1301 Deerwood Dr., Decatur Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
It includes 7 Acres, Basketball court, multi-use court, playground and picnic areas.
We are working to make to improve, but not develop this park. Midway Woods neighbors have decided that they do not want the Disneyfication of this park and would like to keep as much of it as a passive area as possible. DeKalb County announced in June 2013 that they would be installing benches throughout the park.
This will be a nice addition as the park.

Sponsors: HausZwei Homes Kevin Polite, Solid Source Realty, Inc.