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.

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.

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!

Decatur Recreation Center is NOW closed for filming. See you on Saturday.

The Decatur Rec Center will be closed to the public this Thursday and Friday for filming. For questions please email Lee.Williams@decaturga.com

Get Bouncy! Make Art! Have Fun! Decatur Arts Festival All Weekend Long!

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 10 AM-2 PM
DECATUR RECREATION CENTER, 231 SYCAMORE ST.

The Decatur Arts Festival brings the community together through a multi-day offering of live music, dance, comedy, theatrical performances, kids’ fest, exhibitions, and an expansive and diverse artists’ market.

On Saturday kids get their own mini-festival at the Decatur Arts Festival. Kids’ Fest celebrates the artist in all young people!  With plenty of creative activities, dance music, inflatables, and some fluffy surprises, this area will be fun for the young and young at heart.

Parents walk over with the kiddos and enjoy face painting, chalk art, dog kisses, sand art, and returning this year- Four Minutes of Fame! Kids will have four minutes on stage with a mic to do whatever brings them joy!

Get here early and start the morning with Flamenco performance at 10 am. Performers will showcase Flamenco songs and dances in this show designed especially for kids. Families are encouraged to gather around to capture some inspiration from the young performers, who promise to have the crowd cheering “Olé!” as they clap and stomp and twirl. 

King of Pops will be on-site all afternoon selling popsicles.

Thank You To All Our Kids Fest Vendors: Paint Love, Scraplanta, Lifeline Animal Project, Jumptastic, Topplin Tops, Sand Art Cart, Decatur Makers, Queen Art and Design, Color Wheel, and King of Pops.

May is Bike Month!

Come celebrate with us all month long and be sure to join us May 1st for our Kick-Off Ride! We’ll be partnering up with Georgia Commute Options for a casual paced 6 mile bike ride. We’ll begin and end at Decatur Recreation Center. Meet us at 10 a.m. and be sure to wear your helmet! This ride is not recommended for children.