City of Decatur Finalist in Kaboom! Play Everywhere Challenge

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Wouldn’t it be great to have one of these in Decatur?

The City of Decatur was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.  

The City of Decatur created an innovative plan for a Pedal to School Bike Bus and a renewal of the bus stop on Trinity Place into a play space. The project was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Winners will be announced in early fall, 2016. 

The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, attracted an outpouring of creative ideas to spark kids’ imaginations and get their bodies moving. Decaturs idea came from a passion for getting kids more involved in Safe Routes to School.

 

The Pedal to School Bike Bus is currently being used in Holland and is a great way for children to travel to school while getting exercise along the way. Riding a bike brings joy and good health, and the bike bus is particularly whimsical, said Danielle Suchdev, member of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  The bus will enable 11 children to bike themselves to school, departing from the Decatur Housing Authority.

“We were astonished at the number and quality of the applications we received,” said James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!. “To us, it shows a huge, untapped potential to reimagine cities with kids in mind, and boost their opportunity to get the play they need to thrive. And when kids thrive, cities thrive.”

Kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. Research shows play is vital to healthy brain development and is pivotal to how kids learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity–in other words, the skills they need to succeed as adults. Yet today, too many kids, especially those growing up in poverty, are missing out on play because of families’ time pressures, the lure of screens, and a lack of safe places to go. Meanwhile, evidence shows missing out on the chance to play puts kids at risk for challenges ranging from obesity to anxiety to trouble adjusting in school.

“Were thrilled at the possibility that Decaturs kids could win this fantastic new opportunity to learn and develop from play, said Cheryl Burnette of Decatur Active Living. “If we’re selected as a winner, we hope it will be just the beginning of a larger effort to make play a way of life for kids and families in our community and to have a way for more children to experience biking to school.”

Winners for the competition will be selected in fall 2016. To learn more about Decaturs ideas for making play happen everywhere in the city,  contact Cheryl Burnette. To learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S. please visit http://kaboom.org/playeverywhere

 

 

 

Join Little Shop of Stories for a Summer Reading Celebration!

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Third Friday Bike Ride Postponed

ibikeThis month’s Third Friday Bike Ride will now be the fifth Friday! We are postponing our ride until July 29 at 6:30 pm.

For more information on biking in Decatur, visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

Have a great weekend in Decatur!

Glenlake Pool is Closed Today, July 14

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Glenlake pool is closed due to contamination and will reopen at noon on Friday, July 15. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to visit McKoy or Ebster pool to stay cool.

 

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride July 15

ibikeHop on your bike and ride on over to the Decatur Recreation Center on Friday, July 15th for the Third Friday FUN Bike Ride! We begin in front of the center at 6:30 pm and ride approximately 5-6 miles  through scenic Decatur neighborhoods. This month we will ride an “art route” that takes us by public art. This route was scheduled for May and got rained out.

After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments and social time.

Helmets and lights are required. We want to “Be Safe and Be  Seen!”

 

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride
Friday, July 15th, 6:30 pm
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street

More info at decaturga.com/biking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com

No ride

if raining – check back here or on the Meet-Up page for updates.

Blaze Sports All-Day Camp at Decatur Recreation Center

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BlazeSports America will be hosting two adaptive sport Youth Day Camps this summer and one will be held at Decatur Recreation Center on July 28th from 10 am until 2 pm.

These camps, for children from 8 to 18 years old, are a FREE fun-filled four hours of adaptive and disability sport, including soccer, basketball, sitting volleyball and golf!

Families are invited to stay and watch, and might even be able to participate in the fun!

There are only 15 available spots for each camp so click here to register today!

Join Author/Musician Shana Smith at Decatur Healing Arts

July 7th - Shana Smith - Book Signing

Ultimate Frisbee Registration Opens July 9

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To register, visit Webtrac. If you are new to Decatur Active Living programs, please feel free to call the front desk at the Decatur Recreation Center for assistance and a household number, or stop by. Questions? Contact Stacy.Green@decaturga.com or 678-553-6549.

 

How Active Adults roll in Decatur

We have a multi-generational audience to serve here in Decatur and our Active Adult programs cover the ages. Choose from Pickleball, the fastest growing new activity in parks & rec to weekly social walks or tricycle rides, to community gardening demos, to learning to play Bridge to traditional fitness classes taught seated or standing. All these and more are open to our active adults. And we are happy to hear other class or programming ideas from you.

Ideas in the queue for Fall are classes in Playing the Harp w/Lyrika, Country to Disco Dance w/ Ricardo Aponte, English Country Dancing, Bidding & Playing Bridge at Regional Competition, social Media 101 workshop, and a Compassionate Self course.

Enjoy this video and see if you recognize any friends or neighbors in this all Decatur set of images.
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July is Parks & Rec Month!

Park-Rec-month-Banner-Ad-300x250pxJuly is National Parks and Recreation Month so come on out to one the many Decatur parks and play! Discover your superpowers at our local parks and recreation center. Get fit, learn new abilities and make super new friends.

Walk the trails at Glenlake and McKoy Park. Ride your bike on the PATH that goes through Decatur. Take a swim at one of the city’s three pools to stay cool. Try out a new class at Decatur Active Living. Visit the skate park located in McKoy Park. Take a walk around your neighborhood and meet a new neighbor. Make a chalk hopscotch game on the sidewalk. Participate in the 4th of July Parade – decorate your bike or wagon, or yourself and be a part of the fun! There are tons of ways to be a parks and recreation superhero!

Post photos of your July park fun on our Facebook page and tag it #superjuly and @beactivedecatur. And most of all, HAVE FUN!

Parks and recreation agencies improve lives through health and wellness!

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