Move It Monday: Sneak in a Little Exercise


Too busy to exercise? Studies show that short bouts of exercise several times a day can help you fulfill, and even go beyond the federal guidelines for physical activity. Read more information  at



Third Friday Bike Ride: Halloween Edition!

Join Active Living Director Greg White for the October Third Friday FUN Bike Ride on October 21st. This month’s ride will have a Halloween theme – we will ride by homes decorated for the holiday. Feel free to dress up yourself and/or your bike.

This ride is a slow-paced 6 mile ride and is suitable for all levels. After the ride, we will stop at a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m.

Helmets and lights are required.

For more information click here.

Our September Riders!

Move It Monday: Free Workouts at Home


You may also just want to take walk. Come by Decatur Recreation Center and walk or run on our elevated track. It’s free too!

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Decatur Has Record Participation for International Walk & Roll to School Day!

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The City of Decatur Schools take part in International Walk & Roll Day each year and 2016 saw the highest number of students participating since the program began. A total of 2357 children walked or biked to school on Wednesday, October 5. This number is up from the 1893 that participated in 2015. Mayor Patti Garrett also participated and walked a group of children from the Decatur Housing Authority to Glennwood School.

Westchester Elementary had the highest participation with 84% of students walking to school and will receive the City’s “Golden Shoe Award”.  According to school Principal Ms. Lofstrand, “the car pool was reduced to a trickle.”  There was at least one story of a family that had been reluctant to walk before but came out today for the first time, because the children were so enthused.

Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School Program since 2005. The program has won the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System and three schools have been named Metro Atlanta Partner of Year by the GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center. Initially the program was coordinated by volunteer parent committees at each school. Beginning with the 2008 -2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.

The success of the program still depends on the fabulous parents at each school who volunteer to be School Champions along with their school committees and the Principals at each school who not only support the program but understand the value of children walking and biking to school. The city and parents also work closely with the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

Currently the City’s program includes all 5 elementary schools, Renfroe Middle School, College Heights and Saint Thomas More Catholic School. We are very proud the great work the parents and schools do to promote walking and biking every day.

For more information on Decatur’s Safe Routes to School Program, contact or visit


It’s Walk-tober : Come Walk With Us!

There are lots of opportunities to walk with Decatur Active Living this month!

Walk With a Doc is held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Meet us in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a three mile walk. Sometimes we have a Doc and sometimes we don’t – we always walk! If it is raining, we can walk the elevated track in the gym.


Third Sunday Walk is October 16th at 1:30 p.m. and features Mayor Patti Garrett taking us on her 10,000 steps walk that is featured in a Visitor’s Center brochure. . Meet in Harmony Park and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is a Halloween themed walk! Walk by  homes decorated for the holiday as you meet new friends and get your walk on. The walk lasts approximately one hour. Be sure to wear something bright so you will “Be Safe and Be Seen.” Walkers will receive a special light to wear and keep. Feel free to dress in costume! Let’s have some fun.




Last year’s October “Bright at Night” walkers

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Fire Engines Will Park Temporarily in Alley between Scott Park and Decatur Library



While the driveway at Fire Station No. 1 is being rebuilt, the Decatur Fire Department will stage its fire engines from the alley between Scott Park and Decatur Library, adjacent to the Decatur Recreation Center.

The impact

When answering an emergency call, fire engines will depart from the alley onto Sycamore Street. The driveway construction is expected to take 7-10 days. 

How to manage

General awareness is all that’s required in this instance. Emergency response will continue with no reduction in service.

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Move It Monday: Biking!


Whether indoors or outdoors, biking is a great exercise for beginners! Click here to learn about the top health benefits of biking, plus tips on getting started.

For information on cycling in Decatur, visit


Third Friday Bike Ride is This Friday!

BFC sign.jpgJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday FUN Bike Ride this Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. We explore the city at a slow pace suitable for most riders and ride approximately 6 miles. This is a  no-drop ride: no one will be left behind. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, and  be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. If you need air in your tires, come early and use our Bike Repair Station located in front of the building.

Helmets and lights are required- we want to be safe and seen!

For more information on biking in Decatur, visit