Decatur Recreatur Online Survey is now LIVE!

Be a part of shaping the Decatur Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Let your voice be heard today! Visit DecaturRecreatur.com to complete the survey.

The online survey will be on the DecaturRecreatur.com homepage for the month of July. Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

July is Parks and Rec Month!

July is Park and Recreation Month and we’re rising up for parks and recreation at Decatur Active Living! Help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month and create a new park memory! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as BeActiveDecatur.com for announcements of activities. #RiseUpJuly

McKoy Pool Closed Today

McKoy Pool is closed today – Tuesday, June 28 – for maintenance. McKoy Pool will reopen tomorrow at 10:00am.

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Friday is July 1st and that means, it’s time to share how We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July by highlighting all the ways our communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.

Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.

All month long we’re going to have special activities and events, showcase our parks and greenspaces in Decatur and spotlight Decatur Active Living employees. Stay tuned for an exciting month! #RiseUpJuly

Bright at Night Walk Tonight and Pollinator Festival Tomorrow!

Take a walk with the Pedestrian Advisory Committee! Tonight at 8 p.m. starting at the Decatur Rec Center. PAC hopes to encourage citizens to enjoy walking in Decatur, day and night. To address safety concerns and to help citizens enjoy the city at night, we are offering a series of Bright at Night walks that encourage community and exercise. All participants receive wearable lights to wear on future walks. More information can be found here

Bee City USA®-Decatur, GA (a.k.a. “Beecatur”) will mark National Pollinator Week 2022 with a festival on Decatur square. This free event will take place on June 25, 10 am – 2 pm. Decatur Active Living and Scott Park Community Garden will be there to promote awareness of Decatur’s community gardens and to give a chance to weigh in on Decatur’s Parks and Recreation 10 year Master Plan aka: “Recreatur”. There will be activities for kids, free face-painting by Bubble Squad Entertainment, and King of Pops will be on hand selling their famous popsicles.

Bright at Night Walk this Friday

Take a walk with the Pedestrian Advisory Committee! This Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. starting at Decatur Recreation Center. PAC hopes to encourage citizens to enjoy walking in Decatur, day and night. To address safety concerns and to help citizens enjoy the city at night, we are offering a series of Bright at Night walks that encourage community and exercise. All participants receive wearable lights to wear on future walks.

McKoy Pool Reopens Tomorrow!

McKoy Pool

Great news on a hot Friday evening. McKoy Pool will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, at 10:00am. Come beat the heat with us!

City of Decatur Opens Cooling Centers During Heat Advisory

The City of Decatur would like to inform all persons of a heat advisory from the National Weather Service. The current warning is in effect until 8p.m. on June 16, 2022. There are dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 111 expected. Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities, people without fans or air conditioning, and the unhoused population.

The City of Decatur advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

The City of Decatur is making recreation centers and fire stations throughout the city available as cooling centers due to the ongoing heat advisory. The recreation centers will be open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. The fire stations will be open 7 days a week, from 9a.m. to 7p.m.

For a list City of Decatur recreation centers or fire stations, please visit www.decaturga.com. A room in each recreation center will be designated as a cooling center and water fountains will be accessible.

For more information on the recreation centers, contact Greg White at (678) 553-6543 or via email at greg.white@decaturga.com.

For information on the fire stations call Ninetta Violante at (404) 947-0522 or ninetta.violante@decaturga.com.

For non-emergencies or long wait times with 9-1-1 call the Police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.

McKoy Pool Closed

In order to address excessive metals in the water, McKoy pool will be drained and refilled. This process will take 2-3 days. We are slated to reopen this Saturday, June 18 but be sure to check back for updates.

We appreciate your patience as we attempt to remedy the recent issues with cloudy water.

June is National Great Outdoors Month

National Great Outdoors Month in June reminds us to explore our nation’s abundant wildlife refuges, parks, and natural beauty.

Whether we hike or bike the trails, kayak or canoe the many rivers and canyons or pitch a tent in the forest or on a hillside,

No matter our preferred mode of enjoying the great outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking to name a few – nature is calling. Pursue the beauty and majesty of the big skies and open spaces the outdoors offers.

This month also raises awareness of the accessibility of the great outdoors. Depending on where we live, sometimes reaching nature is more difficult. Many cities create relaxing and vibrant green spaces with trails and paths designed for easy access by the community. However, in some inner-city neighborhoods, access to parks or the ability to get outside the city to visit State or National Parks is difficult.

National Great Outdoors Month is an excellent time to consider making access possible.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit a State or National Park. Volunteer as a summer camp counselor.  Take an outdoor photography class. Sign up for Northern lights tour. Get blisters where you’ve never had them before.  Go deep sea diving. Learn how to identify birds and go birding. Share your enthusiasm for nature with a group of students and take them on a nature hike.  Become a Big Brother or Big Sister and go on a group nature bike trail. Share your ideas on social media using #GreatOutdoorsMonth.

Decatur has a variety of parks and greenspaces, plan your adventure here!