Enter contest to decorate a rain barrel

<p>Rain barrel. Courtesy of City of Naperville.</p>

Rain barrel. Courtesy of City of Naperville.

Naperville is offering residents the opportunity to enter in the Decorate Your Rain Barrel Contest. Read the full release below.

Naperville residents are invited to show their conservation spirit and creativity by entering the 2014 Decorate Your Rain Barrel Contest.

To enter the contest, residents simply need to submit a photo of their decorated rain barrel via email to contest@napervilleparks.org.Winners will receive a Park District Load & Go Card equivalent to the current sale price of a rain barrel ($58.50) and their photos will be displayed at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center in the fall.

The contest is sponsored by the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District and The Conservation Foundation, a Naperville-based non-profit organization. Contest rules are posted on the Naperville Park District’s website at www.napervilleparks.org/decorateyourrainbarrel and can be accessed from the City of Naperville’s website at www.naperville.il.us/enviroteam.aspx.

The contest is open to Naperville residents of all ages. Entries will be judged in two age categories:  15 years of age and younger and 16 years of age and up (including adults of all ages). All entries must be submitted by August 1, 2014, and winners will be announced by August 22, 2014. Contest entrants must decorate their own rain barrels within the City of Naperville.

“Our residents care deeply about sustainability and our natural environment,” said Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the City of Naperville. “The idea that we could provide residents of all ages a fun and creative outlet to show their environmental spirit and support rain barrel usage throughout the community was very appealing to us as we developed this contest.”

“We look forward to seeing the creative designs submitted by both kids and adults,” said Sameera Luthman, director of marketing and communications for the Naperville Park District. “The contest is a fun way to recognize the growing involvement of our community in sustainable initiatives. The opening of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center in the fall will be a focal point for even more opportunities to enjoy and learn about our natural environment.”

Those who would like to purchase a rain barrel may purchase one through the sale sponsored by the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District and The Conservation Foundation.  Rain barrels and related accessories can be purchased online for $58.50 athttp://upcyclerainbarrel.com/static.asp?path=5231 through Thursday, April 24, 2014. Pick up for the barrels will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Park District’s South Maintenance Facility at 3415 S. Book Road from 8 a.m.to noon.

Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater at the end of a downspout and store the water for later use, such as watering plants or washing cars. Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, helps reduce flooding and can have a dramatic positive impact on water quality in our rivers and streams.


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