Celebrating Black History Month in Decatur

Decatur’s Herring Street School

The first school for African Americans in Decatur was a small parochial school started by a Presbyterian minister. In 1902, the first public school for African-Americans opened. That school relocated in 1913 and became known as Herring Street School.  With support from the community, the school expanded and was rebuilt as Beacon Elementary School and Trinity High School in 1956 and 1957. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregated schools were unconstitutional, it would be 18 years before Decatur’s public schools were completely integrated.  Despite the scarcity of resources available to them teacher formed a Teacher’s Club at Herring Street School to provide college tuition scholarships for underprivileged students. Teachers and school administrators were widely respected throughout the Beacon community, and school principals were admired civic leaders.

Key Historical Educators:

Charles M. Clayton, principal of Herring Street School 1933-1953 Sara T. Blackmon, first principal of Beacon Elementary Albert J. Martin, appointed principal of Herring Street School in 1953 and went on to serve as Trinity High School’s only principal from its opening in 1956 to its closure in 1967.

Note: Ebster Recreation Center, City Schools of Decatur Administrative Building and the Police Department sit on the site of the historical schools. The original brick wall remains along Electric Ave and the original entrance to the school remains on site.

February is Love My Bus Month

February is Love My Bus Month! Be sure to your Bus Driver and Monitors love during the month of February.
February is Love My Bus Month

Decatur Active Living’s Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays to all! Decatur Active Living facilities and programs will have a modified schedule until the New Year.

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will close on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 PM through Monday, January 3.

Glenlake Tennis Center will be closed on December 24 and December 25 as well as December 31 and January 1. All other days have normal business hours.

Oakhurst Indoor Pool will have normal business hours except for the following dates:

  • Friday, December 23: 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • December 24 and 25: Closed for Christmas
  • Sunday, December 26: 12:00 PM (noon) – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, December 31: 6:00 AM – 2:00 pm
  • January 1: Closed on New Years Day
  • Sunday, January 2: 12:00 PM (noon) – 5:00 PM

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please reach out to our front desk at 404-377-0494.

City of Decatur named the first Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community in Georgia by the League of American Bicyclists!

The City of Decatur is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!

Earlier this year, Decatur applied for the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award. It has long been a goal of the City of Decatur to be a recognized leader for the work our transportation professionals and local citizens have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the nearly 500 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.

“Biking has the power to transform our nation economically, environmentally and socially and it’s so important that communities like Decatur have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for all. With many more Americans turning to biking as a fun way to get outdoors and as a necessary transportation option, we must keep the momentum to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone going,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by Decatur and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Decatur joins 57 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. As we gear up for what we hope to be a transformational new year for biking investment, we’re grateful that Decatur and communities like it are pedaling alongside us to power the better bicycling movement.” 

People across our community are biking more than ever, for commuting to essential jobs, trips to the store, and for recreation. The Silver-level BFC award recognizes Decatur’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. We can’t wait for future events where we can all celebrate this award and our achievements for building a better community together. 

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community and for more information on bicycling in Decatur visit DecaturGa.com/biking or contact sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Do you want Decatur to be a leader in the Atlanta Region’s local food movement?

Do you believe it’s important for your city to prioritize urban agriculture?

Your voice is needed at our upcoming Community Food Forum!

City of Decatur Community Food Forum

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur applied to develop the Atlanta region’s second City Agriculture Plan in partnership with Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has been chosen to move forward with the next step of the selection process – holding a Community Food Forum for Decatur residents. The Community Food Forum is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City Agriculture Plan process, voice their support for a strong local food system, and ask questions.

The City Agriculture Plan program aims to bring local governments together with their communities to create plans incorporating urban agriculture and local food into the next phase of cities’ development. Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission will select one city to develop a City Agriculture Plan in 2022. The Community Food Forums will inform the selection process by assessing the readiness and enthusiasm of each city to participate in the comprehensive and inclusive planning process.

All City of Decatur residents are encouraged to reflect on how support for local growers and increased access to local food and agricultural goods can enhance their vision for the City of Decatur’s growth and attend the forum to learn more. Register for the Forum here!

National Crossing Guard Week

Decatur named Carolyn Shorter as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the Year!

Carolyn Shorter embodies everything the Decatur community wants in a school crossing guard. She genuinely LOVES working with and for children and it shows in her attitude and how she serves as a crossing guard. Carolyn brings joy and fun with her every single day.

“Ms. Carolyn is a wonderful crossing guard and absolutely goes above and beyond. My 4th grader has dismissed me from walking him to/from school, so I don’t see Ms. Carolyn often any more. But she absolutely puts herself between the kids and any dangerous traffic situation. She encourages them and takes the time to build a rapport so that they are more likely to listen and follow her direction. She is a trusted and beloved presence in the school community.” – Sara Weathersby, Parent

“Carolyn has shown herself to be very dependable and professional. She embraces her position and goes above and beyond to make it not only safe, but fun and enjoyable for those around her. Whether it’s through finding neon colored apparel to match her uniform, or giving treats to the kids on Fridays, Carolyn creates an environment that makes everyone want to be a crossing guard.” – Sgt. Phillip Nembheard, Decatur Police Department Crossing Guard Supervisor

Join us in congratulating, Carolyn Shorter, as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the year! We also want to thank all of our crossing guards for a job well-done!

It’s National School Bus Safety Week!

Be Safe: Know the Danger Zone

Buses are big! If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Protect yourself and others by staying out of the danger zone with the following safety tips.

  1. No Touch Zone – If you can touch the bus, you’re too close
  2. Keep your Distance – Stay 10 feet away from all sides of the school bus
  3. Stay Alert – Look to the left and right before entering or exiting the bus
  4. Wait for the OK – Wait for the driver’s signal to cross and never cross behind the bus

Don’t forget to show extra appreciation for your bus drivers this week!

Decatur Parents Network hosting “The Science of Addiction Recovery” speaker series.

Join the Decatur Parents Network for National Recovery Month tomorrow, September 29th at 7pm via Zoom.. Hear from Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist , Susan Morley, about The Science of Addiction Recovery. Scan the QR code below to register for the speaker series.

Mobile Recreation Center next Tuesday at Ebster Field

We hope to see you at Ebster Field next Tuesday, July 20th for some summer fun! We have games and sports for us to play. See you there!

Chalk the Park – Tomorrow, July 1 at Scott Park