Congrats to the DHS Girls Ultimate Team


Congratulations to Decatur High School Girls Ultimate Team for winning the Treminus Juniors tournament. Many of the players started right here in on the Decatur Active Living Ultimate Team.  It is awesome to see that the DAL program continues to serve as a feeder program to the High School Ultimate team.  

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 with Ann Axtell Morris

Ann received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1922. After graduating, she traveled to Paris for field training with the American School of Prehistoric Research in France. Ann entered professional life as an archeologist at a time when men largely did not include women in the discipline. In 1923, Ann married Earl Halstead Morris. Though an archeologist in her own right, Ann referred to her “career of being an archeologist’s wife,” eluding to the tactic of women archeologists to navigate institutional sexism and find a place for themselves. Smith College awarded Ann an honorary master’s degree in 1935. 

On their honeymoon, Ann and Earl excavated Mummy Cave, now inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, where they hired Navajo to work on the dig. From 1923 to 1929, and again in 1932, the Morrises excavated Canyon del Muerto. Ann developed methods to document architecture, petroglyphs and pictographs, and landscapes. Ann’s colorful drawings captured information that then-popular black-and-white photography would have lost. For example, while at Canyon del Muerto, she made watercolors of the cave and kiva wall paintings to “copy in full color and accurate detail as many of the hundreds of pictographs along the canyon’s gallery walls as possible.” In 1929, she illustrated the ancient art at Antelope House, Pictograph Cave, and Standing Cow Ruins. These paintings were exhibited at the American Museum. The couple worked on multiple sites during this time, including Mesa Verde in Colorado and Aztec Ruins in New Mexico. 

Starting in 1924, in cooperation with the Carnegie Institute of Washington, the Morrises spent five winters excavating the Mayan city Chichén Itzá in eastern Mexico. When Ann first arrived, archeologist Sylvanus Morley told her to babysit his six-year-old daughter and act as hostess to visiting guests. Ann, instead, convinced him to allow her to excavate a small, overlooked temple.  Ann also copied the Temple of the Warrior murals, which took four seasons. Her final illustrations were published in Temple of the Warriors at Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, coauthored with Earl and a French painter, Jean Charlot.

Together, Ann and Earl wrote many studies on ancient lifeways within the American Southwest and Mexico, including one on Native American sandals that their archeologist daughter Elizabeth Ann expanded upon years later. Ann herself wrote two popular books, Digging in the Southwest (which upended conventional thinking about the Anasazi people) and Digging in the Yucatan. Ann intended the books to have a popular audience, in order to educate the public about the field. The publishers, however, marketed the books to older children because they did not recognize that women could write literature about archeology for adults.

Ann and Earl Morris had two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Sarah Lane. Elizabeth studied Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and following in her parents footsteps, became an Archaeologist and Professor at Colorado State University.

Image credit: Gift of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1958. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 58-34-00/2.1347

Morris, Ann Axtell
1931 Digging in Yucatan. Junior Literary Guild. New York City.
1933 Digging in the Southwest. Doubleday, Doran & Co.

Burgh, Robert F.
1957 “Earl Halstead Morris, 1889-1956.” American Anthropologist, Vol. 59, Iss. 3.

Lister Florence, C. and Robert H. Lister
1993 Earl Morris & Southwest Archaeology. Western National Parks Association.

Theis, Aaron
2013 “Ann Axtell Morris: Art in Archaeology of the Southwest and Mesoamerica.” Archaeological Institute of America.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Georgia Recreation and Parks Association kicked off Women’s History Month a couple weeks early by hosting their second Women’s Leadership Summit in Acworth, GA. An inspirational two-day summit provided opportunities for women to hear from seasoned female directors, an up and comer director panel, the CEO of Cobb County, the District Attorney of Cobb County, a domestic violence survivor, and how to lead with a heart-centered approach. From across the State of Georgia, 125 women gathered in Acworth as a community to find inspiration amongst each other and recharge. As a first time attendee, Gael Doyle stated, “really enjoyed getting to meet other parks and recreation women, learn, and grow profesionally.” Greg White, an ally for the Women’s Leadership Summit, expressed “the importance of women to come together to network, discuss issues in the workplace as well as in life. The summit platform is an avenue for women to develop leadership skills so they feel empowered to step up in their agency and out into the community.”

Wrapping Up Love My Bus Month

Decatur School kids tell us why they Love their Bus!

As we wrap by Love My Bus month, we wanted to give one last shoutout to our dedicated Bus Drivers and Monitors. Thank you for always keeping Decatur kids safe! GA Commute Options and Decatur Active Living recognized our Bus Driver’s and Monitors with an Appreciation Certificate and a swag bag. GA Commute Options created a video of Decatur School children telling us why they Love their Bus and the Bus Driver’s.

Celebrating Black History with Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson

“Dr. Edwin Henderson’s activities in physical education, civil rights, and writing were all intertwined, each complementing the other. He began his teaching career in Washington, D.C. in 1904, as the first Black instructor of physical education in the nation. At that time, no physical education on a formal basis was provided Black schools in Washington, D.C. In 1906, Dr. Henderson instituted the first Black school and college track meets. In 1907, he organized the first Negro athletic conferences and official groups. In 1925, he name Director of Health and Physical Education for Colored Schools in District of Columbia, a position he held until his retirement despite lucrative offers elsewhere. He was the first Black to receive the National Honor Fellowship in the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.”

Reference provided by The Crisis, January 1985, vol. 92 excerpt from the book, Colors of Recreation.

Celebrating Black History with Pearl H. Vaughn

Pearl H. Vaughn

Pearl H. Vaughn was an innovative educator, community recreation leader, and a true trailblazer. As an active member of NRPA, “Mother Pearl,” as she was known, was an enthusiastic participant in the affairs of the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators, and the Ethnic Minority Society. It was through her efforts and leadership that Grambling State University hosted the first NRPA National Workshop to be convened on a historically Black college campus. The NRPA forum, “Careers in Parks and Recreation: The Role of the Black College and University,” was held at Grambling College in Louisiana in May 1970. It provided the first opportunity to bring together black professionals and students to discuss the problems encountered in preparing recreation professionals and paraprofessionals for careers in the recreation and park field. During her tenure at Grambling College, Vaughn served as coordinator of the Recreation careers program. She was meticulous with her students, insisting on excellence and hands-on leadership experiences. She believed in and practiced the art and science of recreation leadership and community development, promoting recreation services for all people. An example of her leadership in community development is her report “Improving Recreation Programs and the Quality of Recreation Leadership in Louisiana,” published in 1970. In 1992, she became the first African American to be posthumously presented the National Distinguished Pioneer Award of the Roundtable Association, Inc.

Celebrating Black History with Ernest Attwell

Ernest T. Attwell

Ernest T. Attwell began his career with the National Recreation Association in 1919, few cities were providing recreation programs for African Americans. As a result of his leadership, more than 230 communities established playgrounds and community centers for African-American citizens. During his 30 years of service with the National Recreation Association, he accomplished more than any other individual in expanding recreation opportunities for minority groups. His work constituted a major contribution to the growth of the recreation movement in America. Ernest was “a pioneer in the field of providing a more abundant life, an inspiration to workers in the recreation profession, and a man who left an indelible imprint upon hundreds of communities across the country,”

Citations provided by Colors of Recreation (1996) and the Play and Playground Encylopedia.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Love Run 5K

Don't forget to sign up for the Love Run 5K. Proceeds benefit The Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. The race is on Saturday, February 26th.
The Love Run 5K Race

Celebrate Arbor Day with FREE Trees!