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Plaid Palooza

The first annual Plaid Palooza was a plaid-tastic success!! Check out our photos on Facebook, and sign up for our emails to receive information about our next park volunteer experience in 2018!


Participate in Plaid Palooza on Saturday, November 4th to positively transform a section of Historic Fourth Ward Park and raise funds ($150 per volunteer) for Park Pride’s programs that support communities and parks throughout the entire city. We’ll wear plaid to show your volunteer spirit, work hard to complete a meaningful project, and then we’ll celebrate our accomplishments with a party!



  1. Gather a group of up to ten people to have fun and do good work! Your team, and others, will help raise $40,000 to support local communities and parks throughout Atlanta. Each Plaid Palooza participant is asked to raise $150 to be a part of the volunteer event.
  2. Next, gather on Nov. 4th at Historic Fourth Ward Park to help plant hundreds of plants to control erosion, support wildlife, and help complete the Master Plan for the park.
  3. Finally, win prizes for your efforts and celebrate your accomplishments with food and fun!


What to expect FAQs: 

So, where do my fundraising dollars go?

The $150 (or more!) that you raise supports:

  • 105+ community Friends of the Park groups throughout Atlanta.
  • Workshops and training for park leaders and activists.
  • Park landscape design consultations for neighborhoods and community-driven park visionings.
  • Tools and labor that drive transformative volunteer workdays in parks.
  • Improved access to incredible parks and an improved quality of life for Atlanta and DeKalb residents and visitors alike!

Why Historic Fourth Ward Park?

Each year, the Plaid Palooza campaign will culminate in a large volunteer project at one Atlanta park.

Historic Fourth Ward Park, the site of Plaid’s volunteer project, has proven to be a lively gathering place for tens of thousands of Atlantans and visitors of all ages—so much so, that sections of the park have become degraded from overuse. Volunteers participating in Plaid Palooza will gather in Historic Fourth Ward Park on November 4th to revitalize a section of the park with new plantings that will help to complete the park’s master plan.

Maintenance of H4WP, let alone completion of its original design, requires services beyond what the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks can provide on a regular basis. This means the community relies on volunteer support and labor to help maintain the park’s many amenities.

What's the day-of schedule?

Volunteers will gather with their teams at the north end of the park (adjacent to North Ave.) between 8:30 am – 9 am for a light breakfast. Starting at 9 am, teams will get to work to help accomplish a number of projects:

  • Planting a variety of plants in barren areas of the park to help prevent erosion and weed/invasive growth.
  • Removal of invasive plants and weeds.
  • Mulching to protect trees and eroded areas.
  • Removal of underground tubing.

Volunteers will work from 9 am to noon, then celebrate our fundraising and volunteer accomplishments with prizes and a picnic in the park! The celebration will last until 2 pm.

8:30 am – 9 am: Light breakfast and hot drinks

9 am – 12 pm: Volunteer project

Noon – 12:30 pm: Award ceremony and prizes

12:30 pm – 2 pm: Lunch, activities, party


Visit to register for the event, set up your personal fundraising page, and invite folks to join your team! With a little effort, you’ll reach your $150 fundraising goal for parks in no time!

Once registered, you’ll have access to fundraising tips, sample appeals, competition and prize details, information on food and activities, and more! We’ll also keep you posted on our fundraising progress and things you need to know for the volunteer day.


Already signed up for Plaid Palooza? Access the Participant Toolbox for TONS of resources to help you fundraise and encourage your friends and family to join the cause!

Participant Toolbox


Participation FAQs:

Can I just volunteer (and not raise money)?

The Plaid Palooza campaign takes the place of what would be an exclusive and expensive fundraising gala. So, instead of purchasing a super-spendy ticket for a party that doesn’t directly help parks, fundraising is required to participate in this mission-focused event.

To support your fundraising efforts, we’re providing each participant with a personal campaign website and materials with fundraising resources, tools, and tips. All participants (11 years and older) must raise a minimum of $150 to participate in the volunteer project and celebration.

What does my registration include?

Every participant will receive:

  • Plaid Palooza paraphernalia;
  • a goodie bag with coupons and snacks;
  • light breakfast before volunteering;
  • lunch from a local restaurant;
  • and so. much. fun!

How do I (and my team) win prizes?

By fundraising and showing your volunteer spirit! Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers (raising more than $150) and those demonstrating the most volunteer spirit (by wearing crazy amounts of plaid!).

Here are some of the prizes up for grabs (check back for updates):


Visit to give to the cause, or find an individual or team to support.

  • Simply click “Donate” on the main page and select “General Campaign” or “Choose a Recipient.”
  • From there, you can look through the list of participants, or search for a name in the search bar.
  • Select an individual or team and finalize your contribution.

Thank you in advance for your support of parks and Park Pride!

TIP: Have questions about how your gift reaches Park Pride, or need support making your donation? Check out this Donation FAQ.


A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for Plaid Palooza.

For more information, reach out to:

Rachel Whyte
Marketing & Communications Manager
(404) 546-7969

Thank you in advance for your support of parks and Park Pride!


Plaid Palooza 2017

Houndstooth Sponsors


Gingham Sponsors

Richards’ Southern Fried

Pincheck Sponsors