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Mayor Dean's Neighborhood Challenge Underway

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is challenging neighborhoods to help make the city a better place to live.

The Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge continues until Oct. 31.  Neighborhood associations or community groups can still register online, and can get credit for work already done throughout the year. 

The contest features three categories: Green, Healthy and Involved.  After registering, groups get points for completing a variety of improvement projects, and can track their progress online.

"I think anything you can do to make your neighborhood better strengthens the city," said Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville.  "If you have a lot of different neighborhoods working hard to improve the quality of life, you're going to have a better city."

Currently 70 groups are participating in the contest.  The top three groups in each category will be recognized in November.  The winner of the "Green" category gets trees planted in the neighborhood, the winner of the "Healthy" category gets a healthy lunch for the neighborhood, and the winner of the "Involved" category gets leadership training and a block party.

In Donelson, residents are competing in the Green category and have already started a community garden, and cleaned up streets.

"It's a great way for us to be excited about our community," said Frank Trew, President of Hip Donelson. "We were instantly excited about the opportunity when we saw the contest."

The Edgehill Bike Club is also competing for the top prize in the Healthy category.  In the last year, the club has provided 100 free bikes for Edgehill kids and taught them to fix the bikes and ride them.

"It's been a blessing to be able to do this for these kids," said Terry Key, Founder of the Edgehill Bike Club.  "It's been a great way to get the kids involved and out of the house exercising."

Both groups will continue the push to improve their neighborhoods until the contest ends.

For more information on the Edgehill Bike Club visit http://www.edgehillbikeclub.org/

For more information on projects going on in Donelson visit http://www.hipdonelson.com/

To register for the Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge visit http://mayorsneighborhoodchallenge.com/

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