Teen Daycation at Ebster Rec Center!

At Ebster, we’ve got an amazing daycation experience just for you. Our Teen Daycation is a week filled with fun, freedom, and fantastic activities.

What to Expect:

  • Game Room: Dive into the world of gaming with Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
  • Table Games: Challenge your friends to epic battles of table tennis, air hockey, and billiards.
  • Creative Crafts: Unleash your creativity with cool craft projects.
  • Outdoor Fun: Enjoy the great outdoors with fun games in the park.


  • When: Monday-Friday
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Who: 6th-8th graders
  • Upcoming Sessions: 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22
  • Cost: $60/$85 per day

It’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends, explore exciting activities, and have a blast during your break. Join us at Ebster for a Teen Daycation you won’t forget!

Empowering Youth, Building a Sustainable Future: Decatur’s Commitment

Every year, on August 12th, the global community comes together to celebrate International Youth Day. This significant occasion shines a spotlight on the potential and vibrancy of young people worldwide. It’s a day to address youth issues on the global stage and acknowledge the incredible role youth play as partners in shaping today’s world. Decatur, a community deeply committed to nurturing youth development, seizes this moment to showcase its unwavering dedication to empowering young minds and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.  

A Hub of Youth Empowerment

In Decatur, we recognize that our young community members are not just future leaders, but today’s change-makers. Through a diverse range of initiatives, we provide our youth with platforms to engage, contribute, and lead. This summer, members of Decatur’s Youth Council and Teen Leadership Team traveled to Denver, showcasing their expertise as they presented to the National Civic League. This effort earned Decatur the title of one of the prestigious 10 All-America Cities, underscoring the power of involving youth in identifying and tackling community challenges. This recognition reinforces our commitment to authentic youth involvement, as exemplified by projects like the McKoy skate park redesign and the inclusive playground at Legacy Park – testaments to Decatur’s dedication to a brighter and more youth-friendly future.  

Embracing a Green Transition

This year’s International Youth Day theme, “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World”, resonates deeply with goals outlined in Decatur’s 2020 Strategic Plan. As the world embarks on a journey towards environmental sustainability, Decatur recognizes the pivotal role of young people in driving this green transition. Green skills, encompassing technical knowledge and values, are pivotal for creating a resource-efficient society. Our city embraces this shift, understanding that a greener world is not only crucial for addressing the global climate crisis but also for achieving sustainability goals and improving the overall quality of life for our community. Opportunities abound for youth leadership in environmental issues, including two spots on the Environmental Sustainability Board and participation in the Teen Leadership Team, working on the environmentally conscious city priority area.  

ESB Youth Membership Application

The City of Decatur’s commitment to youth empowerment is tangible through our Environmental Sustainability Board. The board is now seeking two passionate youth members for the upcoming school year. High-school-aged students who aspire to make a meaningful impact on our city’s environmental initiatives are encouraged to apply. Students should fill out the Statement of Interest Form found on the ESB page and submit to the City Manager, Andrea Arnold at andrea.arnold@decaturga.com.   

Championing Child-Friendly Cities

We take pride in leading the charge with the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI), a pioneering effort that prioritizes the well-being and rights of our young citizens. Collaborating with the Decatur Education Foundation, Decatur Housing Authority, and City Schools of Decatur, our Parks & Recreation team is dedicated to creating a community that safeguards and promotes children’s rights. Our commitment to youth empowerment goes beyond mere symbolism – it yields tangible results. The CFCI Teen Leadership Team, composed of high school students, has already achieved remarkable impact. In its first year, the team explored priority areas like building trust with law enforcement, promoting an equitable and inclusive city, improving access to, and awareness of, mental health services, creating an environmentally conscious city, and enhancing public spaces for all. This dedication has led to the adoption of the CFCI Local Action Plan for Youth, a testament to Decatur’s resolve in creating a child-friendly city. To apply for the 2023-24 CFCI Teen Leadership Team visit the CFCI section on our page and review the informational sheet or reach out to Claire Miller at claire.miller@decaturga.com.  

Join Us in Forging a Brighter Path

Decatur extends a warm invitation to all to be part of our transformative journey. As we celebrate International Youth Day, let’s stand united in supporting our youth, their ideas, and their aspirations. Together, we can construct a world that’s both sustainable and bursting with opportunities for our young leaders.  

Saturday starts Family Open Gym at Oakhurst Rec!

Join us for Open Gym at Oakhurst Rec Center! 🏀

Get ready to shoot some hoops and unleash your basketball skills! Starting this Saturday, July 8th.

1️⃣ Family Open Gym:
🗓️ Every Saturday
⏰ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled basketball experience. It’s a perfect opportunity to bond, stay active, and enjoy quality time together on the court!

2️⃣ Teen Open Gym (13-17):
🗓️ Every other Saturday, starting July 8th
⏰ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Calling all teens aged 13-17! Show off your skills & compete with friends!

3️⃣ Adult Open Gym (18+):
🗓️ Every other Saturday, starting July 15th
⏰ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Attention adults (18+), it’s time to dust off those basketball shoes and join us for a friendly co-ed game.

Oakhurst Recreation Center,
450 East Lake Drive

McKoy Skate Park Public Meeting

Join us for a public meeting Thursday, April 13 from 6:30-7:30pm at McKoy Skate Park. Add your input for the design of the park here: americanrampcompany.com/surveys/decatur-skatepark/

National School Bus Safety Week

Join Georgia Commute Schools as we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, October 17 – 21, 2022. This year’s theme is “1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education,” reminding parents, students, teachers, and motorists that we all play an essential role in ensuring the school buses make it to their destinations safely each day. To celebrate, the GCS team plans to offer a week of activities to get students involved:

  • Monday: Read books about school buses, then brainstorm bus safety rules. 
  • Tuesday: Create posters illustrating the theme: 1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education.
  • Wednesday: Write a story, song, or poem about bus safety. 
  • Thursday: Create an educational 1–2-minute video about bus safety.
  • Friday: Write thank-you notes to the bus drivers for keeping you safe

Please sign up, if your school is planning on participating in NSBSW!

(National School Bus Safety Week – Google Forms)

Reflecting on Active Living’s Holiday Gift Giveaway

Over the holiday break, our Youth and Teens Programs were able to give gifts to over 60 families in the community. A massive THANK YOU to Wal-Mart, Thumbs Up Diner, and Southwest DeKalb High School for graciously donating and putting smiles on our kids faces. We are always so grateful for our rockstar staff for exceeding expectations and ensuring that we are providing the best services for our community.

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.

It’s National School Bus Safety Week!

Be Safe: Know the Danger Zone

Buses are big! If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Protect yourself and others by staying out of the danger zone with the following safety tips.

  1. No Touch Zone – If you can touch the bus, you’re too close
  2. Keep your Distance – Stay 10 feet away from all sides of the school bus
  3. Stay Alert – Look to the left and right before entering or exiting the bus
  4. Wait for the OK – Wait for the driver’s signal to cross and never cross behind the bus

Don’t forget to show extra appreciation for your bus drivers this week!

Mobile Recreation Center hit the target!

Our Mobile Recreation Center hit the bullseye this month. We introduced Archery and saw our next Olympians. It’s a joy to see everyone having fun and being active. Stay tuned to learn when our Mobile Recreation Center will come to your neighborhood.

Mobile Recreation Center next Tuesday at Ebster Field

We hope to see you at Ebster Field next Tuesday, July 20th for some summer fun! We have games and sports for us to play. See you there!