Decatur’s Clean Energy Plan

Decatur is developing a Clean Energy Plan and needs your help! We have many opportunities to provide your input and help guide Decatur’s future. Supported by Southface Institute and Greenlink Analytics, the City held our first community roundtable focused on equity and community on November 17, now posted on www.cleanenergydecatur.com, and will hold our next virtual roundtable, focused on clean energy and the economy, on January 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. We would love to see you there!  The City of Decatur has released a survey and is posting educational videos online, as well as holding an integrated planning charrette on March 8 and 9, 2022 in the Decatur Recreation Center. Please join our efforts to promote engagement opportunities and information on clean energy by signing up to be an Energizer on cleanenergydecatur.com. To learn more about Decatur’s Clean Energy Plan, how you can get involved, and take the survey go to www.cleanenergydecatur.com

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.

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!

Parks and Recreation Month comes to an end!

Parks and Recreation Month is coming to an end but our programming continues on. Our last scheduled program for the month was our Wednesday Walks with a Special Guest. This week we had the pleasure of Mayor Garrett joining us to tell participants about Legacy Park and the future plans for the area. Legacy Park Caretaker – Doresy Nobles – led walkers through a tour of the beautiful Moore Chapel.

A sincere thank you to Mayor Garrett, Decatur City Commissioner Kelly Walsh, City Manager Andrea Arnold, and Active Living Board Member Jack Kittle for joining us for our Wednesday Walks in July. Participants enjoyed getting to know each special guest and learn more about each of the parks visited – Glenlake Park, Oakhurst Park, Hidden Cove, and Legacy Park.

Mayor Patti Garrett joins Active Living’s Walking group for Parks & Recreation Month

As part of our Park & Recreation Month festivities, Active Living’s Walking group will visit a local park and have a special guest for each walk. This week we were pleased to have Mayor Patti Garrett join us for our weekly walk around Glenlake Park. Want to hear more about the walk? Click here to read The Champion article.

Active Living’s walking group meets weekly on Wednesday at 9:00 am. All walks will begin and end at Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street). No registration needed, just meet us at the rec!

A Visit to Hawk Hollow

It has been fun to discover new places to walk and bike to in Decatur. My friend Gail took me on a walk to Hawk Hollow, located on 1st Avenue off of Oakview Road.

Hawk Hollow is part of the Wylde Center and is a natural setting featuring woodland paths, a butterfly garden, a creek, and two Hobbit Houses that you can even stay overnight in.

Read more about Hawk Hollow and be sure to stop by on your next walk or bike ride.

Reusing Plastic Water Bottles

There are many ways to reuse  plastic bottles. We can start our own seedling green house! We’ll start by cutting the bottles in half, filling them with soil, and adding a couple seeds just barely covered by the soil. Make sure the soil is nice and moist, but not soaked. Put the top back on the bottle and place it under some sunlight. You’ll notice condensation forming in the bottle. That is your own miniature green house!

Plant Some Trees With Trees Atlanta

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Join Trees Atlanta this coming Saturday, December 7 at the the Decatur Cemetery to plant some trees.

Meet at 299 Bell Street at 9 am; the planting will be finished around 1 pm.

Volunteers should bring gardening gloves and dress in layers as you can really heat up digging holes and planting trees. For more information click here.

Park Rx Day is April 28

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Move It Monday: Visit a Park

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Ready to #MoveItMonday?

Being outside can greatly contribute to your health and wellbeing. On Monday, try visiting a park for a fresh perspective on your workout.

According to studies, parks are beneficial. They promote physical activity, improve mental health, and even have the potential to reduce health care costs. Being outside also means your vitamin D levels will increase, you might be happier, and your concentration levels may improve.

Be sure to visit one of Decatur’s many parks and greeenspaces. Click here to find one near your home. Did you know that there is adult outdoor fitness equipment at McKoy Park?

See our ideas for enjoying Move It Monday in the park.