Recreation Center Thanksgiving Hours


Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be closed over  Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, November 25:  The Recreation Centers will close at 2 pm
Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28:  Closed

We encourage everyone to visit our many parks and green-spaces to enjoy family outdoor time together. 

Thanksgiving Fun – Keep the Family Entertained

ThanksgivingParadeBingo (1)Looking for ideas to keep the family entertained during the Thanksgiving break?  We wanted to share some ideas that we found. Of course, we always encourage you to visit one of the city’s parks or green spaces and play, walk, hike or ride a bike. But here are some other ideas as well for some family fun.

10 Thanksgiving Games for Holiday Fun from Apartment Therapy online

Did the children at the Plymouth Colony Thanksgiving feast play these games? Could be! Some of them are very old.

 Thanksgiving Challenge:  an online game that encourages thinking skills, and these are fun as well. For the days that are not good for going outside!

Play Thanksgiving Bingo! You can use cards found here or here make your own.

What games and activities do you like to do with your family?




Healthy Monday: Get the Whole Family Moving

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For more information, visit



Time for Water Fountains to Be Turned Off

IMG_20150805_155142160_HDRDue to the threat of freezing weather in the next few days, the city’s water fountains will have to be winterized over the weekend.

The new fountains in front of Decatur Recreation Center and the water at Scott Garden will be left on as the pipes to these water sources are equipped with a heater.

Be sure to bring your water bottle as you visit the city’s parks, playgrounds and dog parks.

It’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week!

IMG_3502November 16 – 20 is  Crossing Guard Appreciation Week where we recognize those who help our children get to school safely.

The City of Decatur has 30 crossing guards spread throughout the city. They are out in all types of weather- rain, sleet, and even some snow! Let them know how much you appreciate them by smiling, giving them a heartfelt thanks, encouraging your children to make them thank- you cards and/or any other ideas that you may have.




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Adult Cycling Class This Saturday, November 21

IMG_20150821_193541572Join Nedra Deadwyler from Civil Bikes for an Adult Cycling Class this Saturday, November 21 from 1 -3:30 pm at Decatur Recreation Center.
This is the perfect class to give those a way to increase physical activity levels in the outdoors.  The class will cover topics such as GA law, safe riding practices, and how to use tails and roads, teaching skills on how to get to and from your destination safely for you to learn how to incorporate bicycling in everyday travel.  Bring your own bike and water. Class is $35 and if you need to rent a bike, there is an additional cost of $10.

Register here.

Third Sunday Stroll Great Fun

DSCN9972Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for the Third Sunday Stroll, coordinated by the Pedestrian Committee of the Active Living Board. Jonah McDonald, author of Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests,  led our hike through the Decatur Cemetery and over 50 people joined in. We learned about Champion trees in the cemetery and lots of other great information about trees and some history of Decatur.

Join us every month for the Third  Sunday strolls, each featuring a new route and walk leader. Neil Norton promised to lead us one month for a hike to and through Glenn Creek Nature Preserve. For more information on walking in Decatur, visit DecaturGa/walking.

For more photos from our walk, visit the Active Living Facebook Page.

Healthy Monday: Try Meditation


Try some guided meditations here.

We also like the phone ap Insight Timer. This app offers guided meditations as well as a timer.


Stay Active and Have Fun in Decatur This Weekend

Jonah McDonald to lead this  month’s Sunday Stroll!
Sunday, November 15, 2 pm

Walk decatur rev 15Join the Decatur Active Living Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the Third Sunday Stroll with Jonah McDonald. Jonah is a storyteller, author and adventure hiking guide. He will be leading a hike this Sunday from the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street) to a loop in the Decatur Cemetery.

This 2.5-mile hike is free and open to the public. Just show up at two and walk with Jonah! He’ll be talking some about the history, showing you an area of the cemetery you may not have seen before, and pointing out some champion trees.

Jonah is the author of Hiking Georgia’s Hidden Forests. For more information on Jonah click here.

Please note that our Fourth Thursday walks will be cancelled in November and December due to the holidays, and will resume in January. For more information on walking in Decatur, visit


Bike With Mike This Saturday, 2 pm

Mike Sheehan will be leading an Introductory Group Ride this Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm. The ride is appropriate for adult cyclists who have achieved at least a minimum level of cycling ability. Casual pace, no drop ride. Meet at Glennwood Elementary School parking lot (440 E Ponce De Leon Ave.) and be ready to ride at 2 pm. For more information visit 

Library/Decatur Recreation Center Parking Deck UPDATE!!

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The parking deck shared by Decatur Library and the Decatur Recreation Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12 through Saturday morning due to construction and repairs. The bottom level is now open.

Please consider walking, biking or riding MARTA on these days. Street parking and parking in one of Decatur’s many parking decks is available and only a short stroll away. Click here to see alternative parking spots in the  City.

Parents with children in the After School program  will have access to the street between the library and recreation center for picking up children from the after school site at Decatur Recreation Center throughout the week.




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