Enjoy the 4th of July and Stay Safe!

Enjoy your 4th of July Holiday in Decatur!

The Pied Piper Parade begins at 6 pm at the Baptist Church at the corner of Clairemont and Commerce Drive. Decorate your bikes, wagons and strollers and join in the fun. Or, find a great place on Ponce to watch.

After the parade, gather on the Square for the presentation of the colors. I hear there is a surprise planned for your entertainment until the Callanwolde Concert Band begins to play at 7 pm on the Bandstand.

Fireworks are at dark, around 9:30 pm.

For more information, click here.


Recreation Centers Closed July 3-5, Pools and Glenlake Tennis Center Open

July-4The Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be closed Friday, July 3  through Sunday July 5 for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend. We will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

Glenlake Tennis Center and the pools WILL be open for your enjoyment.

Be sure to join in or watch the annual Decatur 4th of July Parade starting at 6 pm, followed by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 pm and fireworks at dark. Information is here.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Healthy Monday: Clean Up the Small Stuff

Clean up small stuff

For more information on staying healthy visit www.mondaycampaigns.org.




WARNING!! Canine Influenza Has Reached Decatur

CIV1.jpgWe have been contacted by a local veterinarian who informed us that Canine Influenza has been diagnosed in dogs in the City of Decatur.

This is a highly contagious disease that is spread by contact with infected dogs.

Area veterinarians recommend that pet owners avoid dog parks until this epidemic subsides.

Information about Canine Influenza from the CDC can be found here and information from the American Medical Veterinary Association is here.

Coed Ultimate Frisbee for Middle-Schoolers! Registration Opens July 11

Ultimate Frisbee

Coed Ultimate Frisbee is being offered to

Middle School Age Boys and Girls

Registration begins Saturday, July 11 and practice starts August 16.

Practices will be twice a week on Ebster Field.

Teams will play in the Metro Atlanta Middle School Ultimate League.

League games will be played weekdays after school Sept-Oct. with tournament in November.

Team will be coached by Decatur High’s Ultimate Coaches and Captains.

Fees: $110 Decatur Resident; $145 Non Resident

                 For more information contact Stacy Green 678-553-6549 or Stacy.green@decaturga.com

Active Living’s Lee Williams Receives Thomas O. Davis Award

lee croppedLee Williams, Facility Manager for Decatur Active Living, was presented the Thomas O. Davis Award last night at the June Decatur Business Association Meeting. Lee has worked for the City of Decatur since 2000 and always goes above and beyond to serve the community. He has taught many children how to ride bikes safely, managed sports camps and adult programming and has been an active participant in the Safe Routes to School program. Lee also serves as a great mentor to teens and young men in the community.

Decatur’s Thomas O. Davis Award honors a public employee who has helped strengthen the bond between government and the community, served as a role model for others in public service, contributed to the well-being of the community, inspired others to get involved in public service, and served the public with respect. The award is named for Decatur’s long-time city attorney.

We are very proud of Lee and feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with him!

Mr. Williams With His Family

Mr. Williams With His Family

Free Folk Tales by Firelight at Arabia Mountain

Folktales by Firelight

Yes, you will have to leave Decatur! Jonah is a great storyteller with a lot of enthusiasm and Arabia Mountain is a great retreat right here in DeKalb County.

Take an Urban Walk To Stay Fit

Tackling the urban jungle can be fun while also  providing you fitness. Use the city landscape as your outdoor gym for a toning circuit walk.

  • Warm up with an easy 5 minute stroll.
  • Increase intensity for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bus stop or bench and do one set of tricep dips.
  • Do city-block intervals for the next 5 minutes. Alternate between a slower pace and a faster pace on each block.
  • Find a flight of stairs. Walk up, taking two steps at a time, pushing through your foot as if you were doing lunges. Walk down. Then repeat for one minute.
  • Perform another cycle of city-block intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bench, tree or wall and perform standing pushups for one minute.
  • If energy and time permit, do one more cycle of city-clock intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a tree, pole or wall to support yourself and do one set of calf-raises on each leg.
  • Cool down with an easy stroll for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy your final stretches.

Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Listen to your body. If you begin to feel overheated, slow down the pace and drink more water. Or come on over the Dectur Recreation Center and try this walk on our indoor walking track. Treat each lap as a city block and get moving!



Information above  from “The Walking Deck” by Shirley Archer.


Bright at Night Walk Thursday, June 25

Walkers Bright at Night!

Walkers Bright at Night!

Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the monthly Bright at Night Walk to be held this Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. This month’s walk will take you through Agnes Scott College, the Wylde Center and back through the MAK neighborhood.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be sure to bring a water bottle. We will provide a special light for you to use when you walk at night. If it is raining, the walk will be on the indoor walking track.

If you need to drive over, parking is available behind the Library (we share the deck) and the DeKalb County parking deck is also free after 6 pm. It is located a short walk away at the corner of Commerce and Trinity Place.  There is plenty of bike parking in front of the Recreation Center. 


Put Down Your Cell and Do Some Mindful Walking!



Take a walk and begin to notice the things around you. You will be surprised at all the things you discover when you put the cell down and take notice. It is also safer to walk with awareness!


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