2011 City of Decatur Active Living Aquatics Brochure

Pick up your copy of this years aquatics brochure at Glenlake Tennis Center or the Decatur Recreation Center.

2011 Season Pool Passes Now Available

2011 Season Pool passes are now on sale at Glenlake Tennis Center. The cost for a resident family pass is $125 for up to 5 people. The non resident family pass is $175 for up to 5 people. Individual resident passes are $30 and $45 for children (2-13 years old) and adults (14 and up) respectively, while non resident passes are $60 and $90 for individual children and adult passes. Residents who purchase a season family pass before May 16th will receive four (4) free guest passes.

Glenlake Playground Is Being Upgraded With Some New Features

Feel free to bring your kids to Glenlake Park on Sunday to be the first to play on the new equipment that is being installed at Glenlake Playground today. The new equipment will not be available for use by the public on Saturday because the concrete needs time to set.

The Adult Beginners Tennis Clinic Returns to Glenlake Tennis Center

Each year the City of Decatur Active Living Department offers 6-week adult beginner tennis clinics in an effort to bring the joys of tennis to more people in the community. Tennis is considered a life long activity because it is played by 6 year olds and 80 year olds alike. It offers one of the best full body workouts of any sports and is estimated to burn more calories per hour than every activity besides swimming. Jabari Cole at Glenlake Tennis Center has developed the 6 week course to instruct adults on the proper way to hit forehands, backhands, volley, and serves. The course also covers the basics of singles and doubles play. The first 6 week clinic for 2011 is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 24, at 6pm. It will continue each Thursday at 6 until the course has been completed. The cost is $75 for City of Decatur Residents and $100 for non City of Decatur Residents. Space is limited so please contact Glenlake Tennis Center at 404-377-7231 to reserve your spot.

Make-A-Splash and the Learn to Swim Program are coming to Decatur

Justin Spears of the Atlanta Public School System will be spending the summer teaching swim lessons for the City of Decatur Active Living Department. He has created a program at MLK Middle School in Atlanta to teach under priveledged children how to swim. Not knowing how to swim is a public safety issue and the City of Decatur wants to ensure that lack of economic resources is not a barrier for children to learn to swim. Justin Spears has partnered with the Make-A-Splash foundation and will be bringing the Learn-to-Swim program to Ebster Pool in Decatur for low income youth. More information will be available in the months to come.

Glenlake Tennis Center upgrades its racquet stringing service!

Glenlake Tennis Center is now home to a new state of the art tennis racquet stringing machine from Gamma. This is just one more example of the City of Decatur Active Living Department’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to those in and around the community. Come to Glenlake Tennis Center and try out one of the many wonderful strings that we carry. 24 hour turn around is available Monday – Thursday.

2011 City of Decatur MLK Service Project

                I would like to thank all of the city employees who came out this weekend to help with the MLK weekend service project. Each year the Decatur Preservation alliance partners with the City of Decatur to sponsor this gargantuan effort that involves making the homes of Decatur’s senior citizens safer and healthier living environments. The City of Decatur usually selects the home with the greatest safety concerns to be staffed and refurbished by City of Decatur employees. The City of Decatur home for the 2011 MLK project was located at 439 East Pharr Rd and belongs to Dorothy Stephens. She is one of the sweetest people that I’ve ever met and this motivated us to do as much as we could to help improve her domicile.

                Patrick Greer has been the House Captain of the City of Decatur project home for the last 4 years. His seemingly limitless knowledge in the areas of carpentry, electrical, and plumbing is astonishing and his work ethic is impeccable. This year’s project could not have been a success without Patrick and his hands-on approach to his role as House Captain. After an initial assessment of the house, it was determined that the floor beneath that main restroom was rotten due to a leaky toilet and the roof was caving in due to rotten supports in the attic. After an adventure into the crawlspace under the house we noticed that there was a gigantic old furnace that would prevent the installation of a proper vapor barrier and would also prevent us from reinforcing the floor. The attic and the crawl space became the main focus of the weekend even though there were a myriad of other jobs to be done. I was very concerned that our work plan may have been a little too ambitious due to the weather, our need for a large number of volunteers, and time constraints. Saturday morning arrived and I realized that all of my concerns were unnecessary.

                The City of Decatur Public Works Department showed up with what appeared to be their entire staff. It was an amazing site to see. They descended on the home like a giant swarm of locusts. However their purpose was not to destroy, but to rebuild. By the time I arrived at the house they had already cleared the thick layer of ice from the driveway and removed the debris from beneath the house. Next they removed the humungous ancient furnace which left a 10 sq ft hole in the middle of the hallway. Patrick Greer framed the hole and partnered with David Junger, Tony Parker, and Deon Wyche to lay down new hard wood flooring. Sanitation Superintendent Sean Woodson took a lead role in completing one of the hardest tasks of the weekend by installing the plastic vapor barrier in a crawl space that was barely big enough for squirrels. There were so many small jobs on the list that I was sure we would be working until Monday evening, but Derrick Jackson completed many of them with the help of his fellow employees in no time at all. Thanks also to Toni Dixon and Catherine Lee for giving up their time on Saturday to make a number of interior improvements.

                The remainder of the volunteers for the weekend came to us from the Decatur Police Department. On Sunday, Lieutenant Mike Matics and his son sanded and painted the handicap access ramp outside of Mrs. Stephen’ home. On Monday 11 police officers showed up to work. I couldn’t have dreamed for a better group of volunteers because everyone seemed to have a multitude of skills. Joshua Speed finished adding the supports for the bathroom floor in the crawl space, Chuck Gleaton took a lead role in installing the supports for the roof in the attic, and Jonathan Vandiver sanded new hard wood floor in preparation for staining. By the time 11:00 rolled around I had to apologize to all of the officers for the lack of things to do. By 1:00 the house was clean and work plan was complete.

                The 2011 MLK service project weekend was a triumphant success. Sanitation employees, maintenance employees, police officers, and fire fighters have some of the toughest jobs on earth. It is truly a joy and an honor to live in a city where these employees would sacrifice their well deserved days of rest to help make life a little better for those that may not be able to help themselves. There is no way that I can fully express my gratitude for all of you who helped me get through my first year as Patrick’s assistant house captain. Mrs. Stephens is happier and safer because of all of you. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in 2012.

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