StoryWalk at Glenlake Park: Take a Walk and Read a Book!


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The next time you visit Glenlake Park be sure to take a walk on the trail on the eastern edge of the park and experience the new StoryWalk. The children’s librarian at the Decatur Library, Lauren Tennyson, worked with Decatur Active Living to place signs along the trail; each sign is a page of a nature themed children’s book so you can read a book as you walk!

There will be three books featured throughout the summer, rotating every two-three weeks. There will also be an activity guide at the end of the StoryWalk with activities to do at home based on themes from the featured book.

The first book to be featured at Glenlake Park is A Big Mooncake for Little Star. In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.


We Are Parks and Recreation: Jada Jordan


I love being around and interacting with people in general so this field gives me the opportunity to do so. I also love coaching and working with kids and watching them learn new skills, grow physically, mentally, socially and get better at sports. I have worked with kids in some form or fashion whether it was sports, foster care, residential treatment or coaching.

Hobbies – working out, writing, playing basketball, kickboxing and taking naps in my hammock when I don’t want to do anything!

City of Decatur Pools to Open Saturday, July 11


For the safety of the community and staff we will have the following guidelines in place:

  • Pools are open each day from 10am – 6pm
  • Admission $5 for each person older than 2. The cost is for admission, not for swimming. Exact Cash (no change will be given), In-state check (no starter check), or pay with credit card by phone by calling 404-377-7231.
  • Resident Season Pool Passes available for purchase at for $125. Individual pool passes are $45.
  • Due to the reduction in pool occupancy, the pool admission fee will guarantee patrons a maximum of two hours at the pool. Patrons will record the time that they arrived at the pool on the sign in sheet. This policy will be enforced when there are patrons in line waiting to enter the pool.
  • Please maintain a distance of 6 ft. from others at all times. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • It is strongly suggested that all patrons wear a mask while not in the pool.
  • Patrons are responsible for disinfecting pool furniture prior to use. Disinfectant is not provided.
  • Showers and changing rooms are closed. Restrooms are limited to two people at a time.
  • Toys and balls are not allowed in the pool.
  • Wearable flotation devices will be allowed in the pool, subject to the discretion of the lifeguards.
  • Adult Swim is 20 minutes to allow lifeguards to wipe down high touch surfaces. All patrons younger than 18 will exit the pool at this time.
  • No snack or food service. Patrons may bring their own food and drink to the pool. No glass.
  • Visit for more information.

We Are Parks And Recreation: Lee Williams


I have over 35 years of experience in the area of recreation as Therapeutic Aquatics Instructor, Assistant Director of Aquatics, Assistant Director of Youth Services, Youth Sports Coordinator and Facility Manager. I have been very fortunate in my career over the past 35 years. I have had the pleasure to work with people of all backgrounds and races. If I had to do it all over again I don’t believe that I would change a thing. It is a joy and a pleasure to be a part of the City of Decatur/Active Living team.

Don’t forget about our Virtual programming that is now live on RecTrac! Visit our website to learn about our classes.

We Are Parks & Recreation: Jabari Cole


Jabari Cole is the Program Supervisor overseeing tennis and aquatics in Decatur. In his role, he serves as both the Director of Tennis and the Aquatics Facilities Operator.

Jabari has played tennis at Glenlake Tennis Center since 1990 and began teaching tennis at Glenlake in 1997. He took on the roles of Head Tennis Pro and Aquatics Director in 2005 and became Program Supervisor in 2010.


We Are Parks & Recreation: Sara Holmes

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Sara Holmes is the Adult Program Supervisor for Decatur Active Living. She manages all adult and senior programs, the community garden, and assists with our walking and biking programs.

Sara has been in the recreation and parks field for 12 years. She is currently a Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District Commissioner, the Treasurer of Leisure Careers Foundations, the Chair the Women’s Leadership Summit for GRPA.

Sara is civically involved as a liaison for Leadership DeKalb and a champion volunteer for the Giving Kitchen. In her spare time you will find Sara outside enjoying nature, hanging with her dog Stella, or working in her garden.


Enjoy a Virtual 4th of July

https___www.history.com_.image_MTY1MTk2Nzc3ODg3MTgwMzYx_july-4-gettyimages-815196336We thought you might enjoy some of these virtual 4th of July activities and fireworks.

  • The California Center for the Arts is holding a virtual festival with music, crafts and more. The fun begins at 6 pm on July 4th.
  • The Town of Miami Lakes and its Cultural Affairs Committee will be hosting its 16th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration virtually this year.
  • The United States Air Force Band, Washington Performing Arts, and National Harbor have partnered together with special guest artists Joshua Bell, Soloman Howard, and Larisa Martinez to present a special online event, streamed live at 4:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Read about the historyof Independence Day.
  • Enjoy a virtual backyard party complete with a DJ from 1-5 pm.
  • Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration at 11 am.
  • The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. Watch the Macy’s fireworks show on NBC from 8 – 10 pm.
  • Fireworks will light up Washington during “A Capital Fourth.”  The presentation features recorded performances by stars such as Patti LaBelle and Renée Fleming; the actors John Stamos and Vanessa Williams will host. Tune in to PBS,, Facebook or YouTube at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Stay home, stay safe,and wear a mask when you leave home.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Take a walk outside in your yard, neighborhood or to a park and see what you can find! Bring your completed hunt to the Glenlake Tennis Center and receive a prize! Be sure to practice physical distancing and wear your mask in populated areas.

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Hawks Offer FREE Virtual Basketball Workout Today at 2 pm


From the Atlanta Hawks:

Missing summer camp? So are we!

That’s why we are hosting free Hawks at Home LIVE basketball workout sessions. The 45-minute workout, hosted on ZOOM, will focus on basketball skills and drills and will feature a Q&A session with a Hawks Basketball Academy instructor to close out the session.

We hope you can join us! To register for the LIVE session, click here!

Who: You and the Hawks Basketball Academy

What: Hawks at Home LIVE Workout Session

When: Thursday, July 2nd at 1 PM

Where: Your house, driveway, back yard, garage or anywhere that you have a Wi-Fi connection and space to work!


To find more skills and drills, visit