Couch to 5K Running Club begins this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 am.

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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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Construction Underway at Beacon Hill Municipal Center/Groundbreaking – Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30am

Please join the City Commissioners and the Board of Education for a short groundbreaking ceremony at the new Beacon Municipal Center on Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30am. The ceremony will take place at the Atlanta Avenue entrance to the construction site.  Parking is limited- the best option is probably on West Trinity Place at Adair Park so walk, bike or carpoo if possible.  When the construction is completed in the spring of 2014, the Beacon Municipal Center will house a new Police Department and Municipal Court, new Ebster Recreation Center with a full-size gym operated by Active Living and teh City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office.  A major storm water management facility will be built under Ebster Field.  Cost of the project: $38 million.  

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President Obama Visits Decatur Recreation Center

President Barack Obama comes to Decatur to discuss his Pre- K initiative at the College Heights Early Childhood Center and Decatur Recreation Center hosted a afternoon session with the President.  What a historical moment for the City of Decatur and the Decatur Recreation Center.  The Active Living staff and Public Works staff had been busy preparing for the president and the energy at Decatur Recreation Center on Thursday was amazing.  To the White House staff we thank you for the opportunity to host such a historical event and to our wonderful City Manager, Peggy Merriss thank you.  Kecia Cunningham, City Commissioner, Peggy Merriss, City Manager and Gregory White, Active Living Director had the special moment of meeting the President and taking a picture.  Decatur is a special place and Decatur’s light shined on Valentine’s Day.  Pictures from Obama’s visit at Decatur Recreation Center:

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Start Slow, Go Steady

nav_logo_hm[1]Physical activity isn’t just a way to lose weight; it’s an essential step toward a long vibrant life!  If you haven’t been active in  a while, now’s the time to revamp your routine.  Start out with smaller amounts  of exercise at lower intensities and gradually progress to moderate-intensity activity to reduce your risk of injury.  This week , work on fitness routine and don’t worry about how fast or hard others are exercising around you.  Remember that you’re never too out-of-shape to get active!

Kids and Teen Arts Festival/Bike Valet Service at the Decatur Arts Festival

Saturday, May 26    10am-2pm  First Baptist Church of Decatur (308 Clairemont Ave)

The Decatur Kids/Teen Arts Festival returns again this year to the spacious front lawn of the Decatur First Baptist Church on Clairemont.  Children 0-13 can enjoy activities that include arts and crafts, a rock wall, inflatables, balloon designs, music and more! In true Decatur tradition, the day starts with a Wacky Parade, Lineup begins at 9;40am at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street.  Decorate your stroller, wagon, bike and your family to show off your creative spirit.

Bike Valet

May 26 and 27 

New this year is free bike valet service.  A valet attendant remains on  duty to park and monitor bikes during the event.  The Decatur Arts Festival worked with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to provide this service.  The bike valet service is sponsored by Bicycle South and the City of Decatur.

 

 

Team USA Road to London Comes to Decatur- May 30

Wednesday, May 30        1-8pm on the square

The City of Decatur will be a part of the Olympic Games on Wednesday, May 30 from 1-8pm on the square.  The Olympics are coming to DeVry University her in Decatur!  The Team USA Road to London tour is an extension o the partnership that DeVry has established with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).  As we approach the Olympic Games (July 27-August 12) in London this summer, the USOC is bringing an interactive Olympic experience to our extended DeVry University communities.

Attendees will be able to interact with each other in a number of fun activities, meet U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls, and receive some USOC and DeVry University branded merchandise. 

Decatur Recreation Center Construction- Week 4

Decatur Recreation Center Construction enters week four and the process continues to be amazing.  I had a chance to see some of the gym floor being cut out last week and I started to reflect on all of the community activities that Decatur Active Living has hosted.  Check out the list below:

1. Decatur Youth and Adult Basketball Games

2. Senior Aerobics

3. Decatur High School Basketball Games

4. Country Dancers Jamboree

5. Nike Teen Women’s Summer League 

6. Decatur High School Volleyball Games

7. Line Dancing Jamboree

8. City of Decatur Health Fair

9. Youth Sports Parent Meetings

10. Halloween Carnival

11. Summer Camp Staff Orientation

12. Family Reunions/Community Rentals

13. Playgroups

14. Decatur High School Baseball Practice (Rainy Days)

15. Lacrosse Practices

16. Children’s Arts Festival

17. Decatur Book Festival – Children’s Event

18. Book Signings- Little Shop of Stories

19. Atlanta Symphony

20. 2011 Ice Storm the gym was opened to residents to come out and play.  Families and teens merged on the gym during those icy days.

21. Garage Sale

22. Mike Glenn Hearing Impaired Camp

23. Carter Wilson ” Fastbreak Basketball” Camp

24. Badminton Play

25. Table Tennis Play

Decatur Youth Basketball Night at Decatur High School- Friday, January 20

Decatur High School vs South Atlanta

All 2011-2012 Decatur Active Living Youth Basketball Players will be allowed to attend Decatur High School’s Varsity basketball game free with one paying adult.  All players must wear their youth basketball shirt.  Participants please sit behind the goal located near the home team bench.

Girls game begins at 5:30pm

Boys game begins at 7pm

Come out and support Decatur High School Basketball.  Go Decatur!

What Neighborhoods Need to Succeed at Walkability

New research from Southern California has foun that residents of neighborhoods with a central core of shops and services – a pattern typically found in older, traditional communities-walk nearly three times more often than do residents of neighborhoods whose nearest shops and services lie along a major arterial roadway, a pattern typically found in newer suburban development.  To read more:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/what-neighborhoods-need-succeed-walkability/922/