We Are Parks and Recreation: Greg White

Gregory White (1)

Grew Up: Durham, North Carolina and went to the library every day as a child because my mother managed the branch libraries. Great way for my mind to explore places and dream.

College: Tuskegee University and earned MBA at Atlanta University

Family: Married to Joniese, and have three children, Noah, Jordyn and Jewel

Employed with the City of Decatur for 26 years

Hobbies:  Photography, Negro League Baseball History, announcing high school basketball games, reading newspapers and bicycling

What I like about our work:  I made a decision to get into the recreation field in 1989 with DeKalb County because I love people, communities, history and sports.  I love connecting people from various backgrounds and creating new experiences. The recreation field is a wonderful platform to knock down barriers around race: team sports, special events, biking, swimming and enjoying the great outdoors.  I enjoy working in Decatur because I have built wonderful relationships with people, local business community and schools. I enjoy the opportunity to document Decatur history and Decatur Active Living history.  I grew up having fun and am able to have fun as a recreation profession.

How I stay active:  I love to take early morning walks with my family in my neighborhood and on the weekends visiting local parks.  I am active in Decatur riding the the City’s cargo e-bike and I walk the city removing graffiti.  During the pandemic I have been active with my church providing vegetable boxes weekly on Thursdays for the community. This activity has been excellent for me bth mentally and physically.  I am proud to announce that I have lost ten pounds during the pandemic by exercise, eating better, and rest.


Other Facts

President Elect for GRPA

Safety Patrol Captain- 1972

Captain of my high school basketball team- 1979

Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award- 2011

Volunteer: Mike Glenn Camp for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf (26 years) Social Media Administrator- Mike Glenn, Atlanta Hawks TV Analyst and SWD Lady Panthers Basketball

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Parks and Recreation Month. A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal is to raise awareness of the essential services that park and recreation professionals provide to communities throughout the United States.

This month, we are celebrating with the theme We Are Parks and Recreation. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting our passionate Active Living staff members who provide services that are vital to the health of Decatur.

We will also be posting activities as well as offering virtual classes, which you can register for via WebTrac. Continue to visit our Virtual Recreation Center as we work to add updates throughout the month.

The Nature Scavenger Hunt will be posted later this week.

Have a great week and stay active Decatur!

Parks & Recreation


Move It Monday: Stretch for Flexibility




Flexibility influences all other forms of exercise. Most importantly, better flexibility makes every-day activities easier, from getting out of bed to walking up stairs to reaching a high cabinet.

Try these 3 stretches to improve mobility and reduce risk of injury.

Active Living Updates

Decatur Active Facility and Program Updates

Ebster Recreation Center, Decatur Recreation Center, McKoy Skate Park, Legacy Park gym and Decatur pools (including Oakhurst Indoor pool) remain closed until further notice.

The City of Decatur is gathering information to determine if and how we can open the pools this summer and still provide a safe environment for swimmers and employees. We are looking at ways we may need to make adjustments such as the number of people in and around the pools and necessary cleaning procedures. At the same time, we are paying close attention to the rate of new infections as a result of the new guidelines around the revised Stay At Home Order before making a determination.

City of Decatur public parks (including dog parks) are open, however, all playgrounds remain closed until further notice. Adherence to the following guidelines is imperative to protect the safety and health of our community:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, and avoid public parks and other public spaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements and remain 6 feet away from others or you may be asked to leave the park.
  • Do not engage in contact sports or games, such as playground soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Bring hand sanitizer as bathrooms are closed.
  • Bring water as water fountains are temporarily unavailable.
  • Pavilions are open but group gatherings are prohibited

Tennis courts reopened Monday, June 15. You must call 404-377-7231 to make a reservation. Tennis Center hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Masks will be required to enter Glenlake Tennis Center.

Virtual activities are available through the Virtual Rec Center and have been updated. decaturga.com/activeliving/page/virtual-recreation-center to access these activities.

Virtual classes for adults and youth will begin in July. Register via WebTrac.

Decatur Active Living Updates

Decatur Active Living Updates


Move It Monday: Practice Your Balance


Exercise is more than just aerobics and strength training. Balance is a lesser acknowledged component of physical fitness, but it is an essential element that can dramatically reduce your risk of injury. Good balance makes everyday activities easier, but it also benefits body awareness, coordination, joint stability, reaction time, and general long-term health.

Try these exercises to feel more stable.

Athletics Offers Conditioning Videos: For Youth By Youth

We know the community misses the youth sports programs that Decatur Active Living offers during “normal” times. However,  just because there are no youth sports doesn’t mean that you can’t practice drills, enhance your skills or engage in body and mind conditioning.

The Athletic staff will be posting a series of videos on the webpage to assist you with staying active and keeping your athletic skills sharp. Here is our first one:


These videos are created BY YOUTH: FOR YOUTH.  The above video features Luke Brooks, Ramah Elmahdi and Alden Daniels

If you are interested in being part of a video, please email Stacy.Green@decaturga.com

Glenlake Tennis Center to Open June 15!


The City of Decatur is happy to announce that Glenlake Tennis Center will reopen on Monday,  June 15 at 10 am. We are taking an abundance of precaution and are following the USTA’s COVID-19 tennis recommendations. Please review them here: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html.

Tennis Center hours are:
Monday- Friday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday – Closed

Masks will be required to enter Glenlake Tennis Center. Consider making court reservations by phone and calling the Glenlake Tennis Center 404-377-7231.

Summer Activity Guide

SAG-covers-who-i-am-ages5-9-2logos-232x300-1The 50 State Afterschool Network, with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN), has created the Summer Activity Guide to engage and support children and youth nationwide during this atypical summer,

Resources will be released gradually over the summer, running through the week of  August 14. The guide will include activities and challenges for children and youth as well as resources for providers. Activity guides are broken down into age groups with a lot of fun and educational ideas.



Move It Monday: Mindful Walking


From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Make Monday an occasion to try some mindful walking when you need to de-stress for a few minutes between activities.

Any style of mindfulness is a robust antidote to stress. Mindfulness engages your normal powers of awareness and is something you can do anytime, anywhere. Here are some steps to follow for a short and easy session of mindful walking:

  1. Pick a time in your daily routine to practice mindful walking for at least five minutes.
  2. Concentrate on the physical sensations of walking – the sights, sounds, and feelings of each step.
  3. If your mind wanders, gently return your focus by repeating “left, right” as you walk.

As you walk, pay attention to the physical experience of walking. Bring your attention to your feet, noticing the sensations of walking itself. Witness the heel, ball, and toe of each foot as it makes contact, over and over, in every step. Bring your attention to the breath and the rhythm of your stride.

Mindful walking is a form of mindfulness, which is a way to focus on the present and not get caught up in thoughts of the past or worries about the future, giving you a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. This naturally slows down your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Its benefits include: stress reduction, reduced rumination, and increased focus.

This Monday, no matter where you’re going or how fast you’re walking, use this tip to de-stress and slow down, yet keep moving.