We Are Parks and Recreation:Virginia Atchison


If you have visited the Decatur Recreation Center, you have probably been helped by Virginia.  Her smile greets you as you walk in the front door. .

She currently is the Administrative Assistant and has worked with Decatur Recreation Center/ Active Living  for 20 plus years.

She enjoys  helping people and making  a difference.

Virginia stays healthy while at home by walking at least 5 miles day,  jumping rope,  and taking the stairs.

“Our staff members have a  good working relationship , and this makes working together easier. We live up to our name Decatur Active Living  by providing many activities for a customers and staff.”

Move It Monday: Exercise Outdoors


From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

There’s no substitute for being outdoors. The fresh air, the sunshine, the cool breeze — it’s all invigorating, especially if you’ve been cooped up inside. This Monday, let nature be your gymnasium by adding some outside-activities to your workout routine.

Exercising in a park or wooded area, especially during the summer months, is an excellent way to experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of nature while also getting in your daily physical activity.

But what can you do to stay fit outdoors? A whole lot. Sure, you can start with a simple jog to warm up, but there are many more interesting/exhilarating activities you can do outside, depending on the type of adventure you seek.


Even at a leisurely pace, biking offers a number of health benefits including increased cardiovascular ability and muscle strength, decreased stress levels, and improved posture and mobility. When riding in the park, try to wear bright or fluorescent colors so that pedestrians can easily see you from a distance away.


Weeding, planting, watering, and harvesting can do you a lot of good. Gardening has been shown to improve vitamin D exposure, boost mood, and reduce risk of dementia. Squatting, bending, and sweating is good for the soul as well as joint health and mobility.

Lawn Sports

Frisbee, croquet, and horseshoes don’t have to be relegated to backyard cookouts. These leisurely sports can be a great source of low-intensity physical activity. They’re mobile, simple to set up, and they can be quite entertaining if you’ve got a competitive side.

Nature Hike

It can be through a park, wooded area, or even your own backyard, taking a nature hike (or walk) is one-part physical activity, one-part stress relief. Call your local park service; they should be able to direct you to a list of approved trails and hikes.


Lake, pond, or pool, swimming is a great aerobic exercise that will keep you cool and refreshed (and maybe a little out of breath). Try doing laps or make a game out of it if you’re with a friend or partner.

We Are Parks & Recreation: Stacy Green


Stacy Green is a native of the City of Decatur.  She was born and raised in the City of Decatur and grew and participated in programs at both Ebster  Center and  Decatur Recreation Department.

Stacy has worked for Decatur Active Living for 25 plus years where she is the Supervisor for Athletics.  She has earned her CYSA certification (Certified Youth Sports Administrative) and is a GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association) and NRPA (National Recreation Park Association) member.   Her responsibilities as Athletic Supervisor is to oversee the daily operation of both Youth and Adult Sports, recruiting coaches, supervising full-time, part-time and seasonal staff, maintaining a field and facility usage schedule and agreement with the City Schools of Decatur, Boys and Girls Club and Decatur DeKalb YMCA.

Stacy is responsible for the on going collaboration with the City of Decatur School System, Decatur Housing Authority, Decatur DeKalb YMCA, PSG and MAYLA.  She takes pride in the fact that she provides every kid the opportunity to play despite his or her religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background.   Since being the Athletic Supervisor she has incorporated Flag football, Tackle Football, Ultimate Frisbee and competitive basketball to the list of programs offered to Decatur Residents.   You can find Stacy at Decatur Active Living using her skills, ambition and knowledge to help participants by providing a quality programs that are fun, rewarding and safe environment for all involved.

When Stacy isn’t working at Decatur Active Living she serves as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for Dekalb County. She also volunteers with the Women’s Rape Crisis Center and Women’s Recourse Center.  She serves as a Mentor to single moms and teenagers.  She participates in the “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” program.  Since her recent fight and victory over breast cancer, she now mentors and supports women that are dealing with breast cancer.  When Stacy isn’t working or volunteering her time she enjoys reading, writing, sleeping and traveling.

McKoy Pool Closed Monday – Wednesday: Update- Pool will open Wednesday!


Update: McKoy Pool will reopen on Wednesday, July 15th. Work was finished ahead of schedule.

McKoy Pool will be closed Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15 for stain remediation. Please visit Glenlake or Ebster Pool. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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 Webtrac.decaturga.com 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 decaturga.com/pools 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.