Decatur Active Living’s Employee Spotlight

As part of Park and Recreation Month, we are celebrating our Active Living employees! We are thankful for our dedicated employees who rise up to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

Our final Employee Spotlight is another professional in Decatur Active Living, Gael Doyle

Gael is originally from outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Georgia and earned a BFA in Photography. Gael went on to pursue graduate studies in Graphic Design in Atlanta. Growing up in the forests of New England and spending summers in the rural West of Ireland, where her family is from, gave Gael a love and appreciation for the great outdoors and wild spaces. Gael is an environmentalist and strongly believes in protecting nature. Her role as Decatur Active Living’s Adult Program Leader gives Gael the chance to get outside leading our Hiking Club, Trails & Ales group, managing Scott Park Community Garden and biking around town with Bikes & Brews. Gael moved to Decatur in 2017 and loves being active in the city through activities, events and meeting new people in the community. #riseupjuly

Decatur Active Living’s Employee Spotlight

As part of Park and Recreation Month, we are celebrating our Active Living employees! We are thankful for our dedicated employees who rise up to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

Our next Employee Spotlight is another professional in Decatur Active Living, Jada Jordan.

Jada is originally from Memphis, Tennessee but has been in Atlanta for almost 20 years. She has spent most of her career working with Children and Youth in sports and athletics.

Jada earned a college scholarship to play basketball and still plays and has a love for the sport. She loves coaching and empowering women and girls to be the best version of themselves.

She started with Decatur Active Living in 2017 as an Assistant Program Supervisor in athletics and is currently the Adult and Senior Program Supervisor. This new role has given her the chance to work closer with the adults in the community and she loves that it allows her to make deeper connections with the participants. She was very close to her grandmother so this position also allows her to have several surrogates and to do the things that she used to do with her like play bingo.

Sports, especially with youth, has always been a passion of Jada’s but her current position allows her to not only stay active but make sure that other adults have fun and stay healthy as well.

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.

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!

Are you looking for Memorial Day Weekend Activities? Join the fun with Decatur Active Living

Join our Bright at Night walk on Friday, May 27 at 8:00pm to take an evening stroll around Decatur. Be sure to wear bright clothing so you can be seen! The walk will begin and end in front of Decatur Recreation Center.

Last chance to participate in Bike Month on Saturday, May 28 at 10am for our Public Art Ride. All skill levels are welcomed for this slow paced ride. Helmets are required. Meet us in front of Decatur Recreation Center.

Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Decatur Active Living

The end of Bike Month is quickly approaching so be sure to celebrate with us as we wrap up another great month.

Visit us at our Bike to Work Energizer Station tomorrow morning, May 20, in front of Decatur Recreation Center for a grab and go breakfast.

Bike and Brews will be later that evening at 6:30pm. We will meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center then end at Twains Brewpub.

Did we mention that GA Commute Options will join us? Visit their table for cool swag. Hope to see you ride with us.

Celebrate National Walking Day!

Come walk with us! Decatur Active Living will celebrate National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6th at 10 a.m. Meet outside the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk 2-3 miles around Decatur.

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day and it encourages Americans of all ages to get out and stretch their legs and get their hearts pumping. The American Heart Association launched National Walking Day in 2007 as part of its efforts to promote healthy living.

Unable to join us? Wear your sneakers (or take them with you) to work, and at some point in the day, take a 30-minute walk. 

  • Take thirty minutes out of your day to go for a walk.
  • Find a trail near you or walk around your neighborhood.
  • You can also visit a local park or walk on your treadmill.
  • Take your canine pals with you, too. They need the cardiovascular workout, too!

Here are some great ways to make that 30-minutes more enjoyable:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Take a friend to pass the time.
  • Make sure to stretch those muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Move your arms, too.
  • Make sure you have good posture.

Spring is Blooming at Scott Park Community Garden

Scott Park Community Garden

Spring is blooming! I have checked the temperatures for April and we seem to be out-of-the-danger-zone for late frosts. With this belief in hand, I decided to sow my wildflower seeds this past weekend using a mix of annuals and perennial seed types adapted for the Central Piedmont of Georgia. As I have written before, soil preparation is crucial. To this end, I turned over the Scarlett Clover into the soil. Scarlett Clover is a legume – a type of plant that harbors bacteria which “fixes” Nitrogen and makes it available for growing plants. The nitrogen and the decaying plants will nourish this year’s seedlings.   Plants like Scarlett Clover are called Cover Crops and as they decay, the plants are called Green Manure.  As the plants decay, they release their nutrients slowly for optimal uptake by the seedlings and young plants.

I walk the garden and view the plots every few days. Many are looking wonderful – no weeds, a covering of mulch, plantings galore, fencing when needed, and some whimsical additions! All-in-all, the garden is quite beautiful and it will become even more so. However, I strongly encourage those of you with plots that need tending to do so! Weeds are and will take hold and seed quickly in the warming weather.   Less work weeding now, than in the future. Remember, the seeds from the weeds in your plot spread to other’s plots. So, help out and tend to your plot sooner rather than later.

As you are working on your plot – remember a few basics! Planting the same type or a member of the same family of plant in the same spot every year degrades the soil and invites pests such as nematodes specific to the type of plant you are hoping to grow to move in. So, I suggest, trying different plants in your plot or at least move them to a new section of your plot. Test your soil’s profile for nutrients needed and for the correct pH. Add what you need and don’t waste money on what you do not need. Weed your plot and cover with a layer of mulch – not too much. Water as needed. It is best to water deeply and less frequently in order to encourage deep root growth. And, never forget to enjoy your plot! Take time to enjoy the smells and sights associated with a healthy garden. The pollinators and birds benefit from your efforts. I hope to see and talk with you at the garden!

Touch A Truck & Touch A Budget TOMORROW!!

After two long years Touch A Truck is back! Visit trucks, bikes, MARTA vehicles and get a popsicle from King of Pops! We are partnering with City’s Touch A Budget and Clean Energy Plan. Help us kick off Spring with our most beloved event. See you all there!

Touch A Truck – Saturday, March 19 . 10am – 2pm . East Lake MARTA Station, North Lot

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

For those of us who watched this year’s Super Bowl, we saw a female pioneer committed to breaking barriers continue her efforts by becoming an Honorary Coin Toss Captain for the Super Bowl LVI. Billie Jean King is an American world No. 1 tennis player winning 39 Grand Slam titles and much more in her career. In the 1970s, the tennis icon quickly become a pioneer for the fair and equal treatment of women in sports. King stated, “It’s an honor to stand with these outstanding student athletes and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX on one of the world’s biggest stages. It’s hard to understand inclusion until you have been excluded, and I am proud to be part of this year’s Super Bowl Coin Toss and the NFL’s commitment to bring us together and make us stronger (Kamal, 2022).” Decatur Active Living is committed to continuing King’s efforts ensuring that all programs and events are inclusive for all because, above all, we are Better Together!