City of Decatur Pools will open regular hours on August 1 and 2

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Even though City of Decatur schools open on August 1, all the city pools will be open regular weekday hours on August 1 and 2. Continue to enjoy the pools and stay cool!

For more information on City of Decatur pools, click here.

Glenlake Pool Closed July 17, 10 am – 1 pm

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Glenlake Pool will be closed July 17th from 10 am-1 pm for the City of Decatur Children and Youth Services Splash Party.  Please visit Ebster Pool or McKoy Pool.

Glenlake Pool is Closed Today

Glenlake Pool is closed for the remainder of the day and will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Walking Among Docs – A New Twist

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Decatur Cemetery Holds Many Doctors and 1,000 Veterans

Walk With a Doc visited the Decatur Cemetery where we were greeted by lead docent Cathy Vogel. Years of research enabled her to look up all the doctors who rest at the 58 acre greenspace and give us a walking tour to share a little bit of their lives and legacy.

Yes, normally Walk With a Doc, is led by a doctor in the community but we like to mix it up and keep things interesting. So every Veterans Day, for 2 years now anyway, we choose the cemetery as our weekly walk route because the volunteers post American flags to honor the 1,000 Veterans who rest at Decatur Cemetery; and because Cathy is there to lead us on a themed walk similar to the seasonal 2nd Sunday walks that are offered by the docents from May to October.

Here are some of the Docs we walked / visited with this week

  • Dr. Powell was the medicine man  (buried near Emory; marker only. Lots of family nearby in his plot)
  • Dr. Chivers was more poet than doc. (Decatur’s forgotten poet; rival of Poe and originally buried at his own front steps)
  • Bukumba worked for a Decatur family  (Nurse for missionary family with Decatur roots)
  • Dr. Carl Renfoe of middle school (Middle school named for him; educator)
  • Dr. Ormand Morgan (dates before 1827; ground penetrating radar located his grave and a marker will be installed in spring)
  • Dr. Margaret Pepperdene, Beloved English professor at Agnes Scott College, her classes on Chaucer were much in demand. She could speak Old English fluently with just the right lilt. After retirement, she continued teaching at the Paideia School in Atlanta.
  • Dr. Peter Hoyle, stepfather to Emily Pittman (whose beautiful grave we visited) and former owner of farm where Agnes Scott College stands today
  • Dr. Gary Stukes, Dean of faculty at Agnes Scott College
  • Jean Slack Morse & Dr. Chester Morse of Woodlands Garden land (donated home and gardens to City)
  • Dr. Wallace McPherson Alston, Agnes Scott College (President)
  • Rev. Donald Fraser  (Presbyterian minister who could make even Latin and Greek interesting to the boys in his school)
  • Drs. Durham & Goss ( Surgeon CSA and a doctor (related to one of our walkers) who made housecalls)

Be sure to grab the walking tour brochure and make your own discoveries in this beautiful greenspace full of champion trees, trails, paths, benches, a pond, and a cinerarium (a place to receive the ashes from cremations), and a marker for those donating their bodies to science, all of which are adjacent to Glenlake Park.

Note: Start time is now 10:30 am for Walk With a Doc through the winter months. Join us any Wednesday for free, we walk 3 miles, at a normal pace, all adults welcome or even students home on school breaks. Meet at Decatur Rec lobby.

 

Show your love for parks & rec during July!

No, not the tv show, the real deal! The City of Decatur has nearly 57 acres of developed parks available for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Park names, locations and descriptions are online. In addition, there are a number of greenspaces and neighborhood parks. Look for a park in your neighborhood.

Share pix on our facebook page of YOU enjoying City of Decatur parks, and include this hashtag in your photo caption #ParkRecLuv to show the love during July!

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Glenlake Pool is Open!

Enjoy the Summer Solstice at Glenlake Pool. The motor is repaired and it is time to swim!

Have a great weekend.

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Glenlake Pool Update

Our staff is working hard to repair the motor at Glenlake Pool and hope to have the pool open on Friday. In the meantime, please enjoy swimming at Ebster Pool and McKoy Pool. Always nice to try something new!

Check back here or on our Facebook Page for updates.

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Glenlake Pool Closed Today

Glenlake Pool is closed today due to equipment issues.  We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to swim at Ebster or McKoy Pool.

We have staff working to fix the problems and will reopen as soon as possible. Check back here for updates.

Stay Active This Weekend in Decatur

There is always something fun and active to do in Decatur!

BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival in Harmony Park in Oakhurst. Active Living will be there, so stop by our new tent and say hello. Walk or ride your bike to the festival! Dance to the music of multiple bands.

Freight Room Bike Ride at 2pm begins at the Decatur Train Depot.

Take a Walking Tour with the new Decatur Walking Tour Map.

Plan a family bicycle ride using the Decatur Bicycle Suitability Map.

Stop by one of Decatur’s Parks and play like a child (or with your child).

Enjoy one of our three great pools – they will be closing in a few weeks. Swim like you never  swam before, or just sit and read a book.

Other ideas for active fun this weekend? Let us know!

Douglas Brake and the Sizzle Hiss Pop Band to Play at Pep Rally

Douglas Brake and the Sizzle Hiss Pop Band will play at the Walk & Roll to School Pep rally next Tuesday! You may have heard this great band at the Beach Party in June or one of the Blue Sky Concerts in May. They play original “children” themed music and are a lot of fun for both children and adults.

The Pep Rally will be held on the Old Courthouse Square from 5:30 until 7pm on Tuesday, October 5th and will prepare everyone for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. City of Decatur elementary schools will all participate so look out for hundreds of children walking and riding their bikes to school.

In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be drawings for prizes, and feature local “celebrities” including our great Crossing Guards, Stephanie Stuckey and members of the Decatur City Commission.

See you on the Square!