October is Biketober!

October is Biketober!
Biketober is a fun and free competition to encourage metro Atlantans to experience the joys and benefits of riding a bike. Decatur Active Living has 3 events to get you pedaling this October. 

Boo & Brews – October 21 at 6:30 p.m. 

Join us for a 6 mile, Halloween themed ride around Decatur! After the ride we will visit a neighborhood brewery for refreshments and camaraderie. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. 

Monster Bike Bash – October 27 at 7 p.m. 

Dress up and/or decorate your bike and ride 6 miles around Decatur neighborhoods and check out Halloween decorations. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center.

Spooks & Spokes (Family Ride) – October 30 at 2 p.m. 
The ride will start at Harmony Park and go approximately 2 miles at a slow, child-friendly pace. Bring your water bottle and join the fun! Helmets are required.

Win a $1,000 REI gift card with Georgia Commute Options
Register for Biketober before October 1 to be eligible to win a $1,000 for REI! Click here to register! 

Earn-a-Bike

Free workshop on September 24, 10-2pm at Legacy Park.

Practice bike handling skills and build your bike knowledge!

Learn how to ride smart with drills and practice riding.

Earn a free bike – While supplies last.

For more information contact civilbikes@gmail.com

Labor Day

Decatur Active Living will be closed on Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Have a good holiday weekend and be sure to check out the Labor Day celebration on the Square. Join us Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.! The event will feature a DJ, fun family activities, and a firework show. See you there!

Oakhurst Recreation Center

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out on Saturday for our Grand Opening! The Oakhurst Recreation Center is now officially open! Our current hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-6pm.

Our hours will expand as we begin to get more programs and activities in the building.

Check out pictures from Saturday on Decaturish

Phone lines are currently down

Decatur Recreatur Online Survey is live until August 10!

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 until August 10th!

Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com for questions or concerns.

Park and Recreation Professionals Day is Today!

As part of Park and Recreation Month, we are celebrating Park and Recreation Professionals Day on Friday, July 15. This is a day to rise up for all the dedicated professionals who build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

We’re going to kick off our Employee Spotlight series with one of Decatur Active Living’s newest employees, Jerome Lewis, Jr.

Jerome was born in Scottdale, Ga and raised in Decatur, Ga by Jerome and Janice Lewis. Jerome graduated and played football for Southwest DeKalb High School in 2011 and went on to play for Tuskegee University in 2017. After college, Jerome starting out as a substitute teacher for the DeKalb County School System. He ran into an old coach at Southwest DeKalb where they had a mutual agreement on him becoming an assistant coach. Jerome took the job to be an Assistant Running Back Coach for Southwest DeKalb High School (2017-2020); where he mentored and trained athletes to become better players and men. This helped start his own football training and mentoring program; NewMe Athletics. Jerome loves sports and has a competitive nature making him a great fit as Decatur Active Living’s Athletic Assistant Program Supervisor.

Recreatur Engagement Session

Help plan the future of Decatur’s Parks! Join us for an engagement session to talk about the Decatur Parks & Recreation 10-year Master Plan on Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, located at 481 Electric Ave Decatur, Ga 30030.

For more information, visit decaturrecreatur.com

Can’t make it? be sure to fill out the Online Survey on decaturrecreatur.com and have your input counted!

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.