Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Program

Did you know that the City of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School program since 2005? Initially the program was coordinated by volunteer parent committees at each school. However, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s programs. Each month the parent “Champions” from each school meet with Decatur Active Living staff to share ideas, solve issues, and plan events and programs. We also work with staff from GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center and GA Commute Schools.

On International Walk and Roll to School Day in October 2019, 2556 children (or 64%) walked or biked to school! Our program keeps growing and includes all city of Decatur schools. Students at the high school work with GA Commute Schools to plan their own special walk to school and bike to school days, and even did a carpool day during the 2018-2019 school year.

Walking or biking to school has many benefits, as seen on the info-graphic below.

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Closing Early Tonight

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Decatur Recreation Center will close at 8 pm tonight.  Ebster Recreation Center will close at 6 pm.

Stay dry!

If you need a dry place to walk, come on over and walk on our elevated track. We will be back tomorrow morning at 8 am.

Show Us Where YOU Walk

Walk There! Decatur  

Show us where you walk and receive a free light!

#iwalkdecatur  #whereiwalk  @beactivedecatur

The City of Decatur, with its tree lined streets and more than 60 miles of sidewalks in 4.5 square miles, is a prime location for walking. WalkScore.com rates the City of Decatur as the most walkable city in Georgia with the highest walk score!

Take a photo of yourself or friends and family walking in Decatur and show us where YOU walk! Post the photo on social media and tag the photo with #iwalkdecatur #whereiwalk and @beactivedecatur; then show your post to the staff at the Visitors Center and receive a free Walk There Decatur! light so you can be seen when walking at night.

The Visitors Center is located at 113 Clairemont Avenue and is open Tuesday through Saturday. This promotion is from January until March, or until supplies last.

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Move It Monday: Stretch Away Stress

From our friends at #moveitmonday:

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Flexibility is freedom. Thankfully, being able to fearlessly approach any activity, be it a walk around the neighborhood, tennis match, pick-up basketball game, or simply lugging in this week’s grocery hall is a luxury within anyone’s reach.

The key to staying active is all about protecting your body from injury and preparing it for potentially strenuous physical exertion. For this week, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular articles and exercises that can help you find your flexibility and ready yourself for your next workout. And the best part is — you can start them this Monday.

Check out our Best of 2019: Find Your Flexibility roundup.

Happy Holidays from Decatur Active Living!

All of us at Decatur Active Living wish you and your family a very merry and safe holiday season!

Holiday Hours
Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and will be closed through Wednesday, January 1.  The gym floors will be refinished during this time.

Glenlake Tennis Center will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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Healthy Monday: Shift to the Positive

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From our friends at DeStressMonday.org:

Positivity is powerful. Exuding optimism can raise the spirits of others while also giving you a beneficial boost.

We’ve compiled a list of our most popular articles from 2019 to help shift your mindset and actions to the positive.

Accentuate the positive with our Best of 2019 roundup.

“Holiday Hoops” is December 20!

A Holiday Gift From

This is an opportunity for parents to have one night to themselves before the kids are out for the Winter Break. Use this time to catch a movie, finish some last minute shopping or go out for dinner. This is our gift to you:  for $8 you can drop your kids off at Decatur Recreation Center and athletic staff will supervise them as they play basketball and other fun games.  Pizza and punch will be provided.

Plant Some Trees With Trees Atlanta

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Join Trees Atlanta this coming Saturday, December 7 at the the Decatur Cemetery to plant some trees.

Meet at 299 Bell Street at 9 am; the planting will be finished around 1 pm.

Volunteers should bring gardening gloves and dress in layers as you can really heat up digging holes and planting trees. For more information click here.

Volunteer at Glenn Creek Nature Preserve this Saturday

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From Arborist Neil Norton:

Please join us for this Saturday, December 7, from 9 am to 12 pm  for our second volunteer day of the year at the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve. Pizza will be served to all volunteers at 12 pm.

Please remember to bring water, wear long sleeves and pants. We have extra gloves, but at our last volunteer day found the rubber or leather gloves work better than the cloth ones we provide. We will continue to remove invasive species, reinforce the trails, and mulch. 3 Service hours available to all students!

Internet and Phone Downtime

350-3504205_people-talking-with-phone-vector-clipartThe City of Decatur internet and phone services will be down temporarily during a brief period between 3 and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27.

We ask for your patience during this time.

Thank you in advance.