Art Walk on Sunday, October 23!

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Decatur Arts Alliance is hosting an Art Walk on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm. Meet at the Gazebo on the Square to take a walk around Decatur and learn about the city’s artwalk. No registration needed.

Memorial Walk honoring Dave Schneberger this Saturday!

Memorial Walk honoring Dave Schneberger

Join us this Saturday, September 17, to honor the life of our dear friend and Pedestrian Advisory Committee member, Dave Schneberger. We will meet at Decatur Recreation Center at 9:00am for a short walk to Sycamore Park where stories and Dave’s poetry will be shared. Dave loved gelato so be sure to have a cup from Cremalosa at the park. See you all there as we celebrate Dave’s remarkable life.

July is Parks and Rec Month!

July is Park and Recreation Month and we’re rising up for parks and recreation at Decatur Active Living! Help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month and create a new park memory! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as BeActiveDecatur.com for announcements of activities. #RiseUpJuly

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Friday is July 1st and that means, it’s time to share how We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July by highlighting all the ways our communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.

Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.

All month long we’re going to have special activities and events, showcase our parks and greenspaces in Decatur and spotlight Decatur Active Living employees. Stay tuned for an exciting month! #RiseUpJuly

Bright at Night Walk Tonight and Pollinator Festival Tomorrow!

Take a walk with the Pedestrian Advisory Committee! Tonight at 8 p.m. starting at the Decatur Rec Center. PAC hopes to encourage citizens to enjoy walking in Decatur, day and night. To address safety concerns and to help citizens enjoy the city at night, we are offering a series of Bright at Night walks that encourage community and exercise. All participants receive wearable lights to wear on future walks. More information can be found here

Bee City USA®-Decatur, GA (a.k.a. “Beecatur”) will mark National Pollinator Week 2022 with a festival on Decatur square. This free event will take place on June 25, 10 am – 2 pm. Decatur Active Living and Scott Park Community Garden will be there to promote awareness of Decatur’s community gardens and to give a chance to weigh in on Decatur’s Parks and Recreation 10 year Master Plan aka: “Recreatur”. There will be activities for kids, free face-painting by Bubble Squad Entertainment, and King of Pops will be on hand selling their famous popsicles.

Are you looking for Memorial Day Weekend Activities? Join the fun with Decatur Active Living

Join our Bright at Night walk on Friday, May 27 at 8:00pm to take an evening stroll around Decatur. Be sure to wear bright clothing so you can be seen! The walk will begin and end in front of Decatur Recreation Center.

Last chance to participate in Bike Month on Saturday, May 28 at 10am for our Public Art Ride. All skill levels are welcomed for this slow paced ride. Helmets are required. Meet us in front of Decatur Recreation Center.

Celebrate National Walking Day!

Come walk with us! Decatur Active Living will celebrate National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6th at 10 a.m. Meet outside the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk 2-3 miles around Decatur.

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day and it encourages Americans of all ages to get out and stretch their legs and get their hearts pumping. The American Heart Association launched National Walking Day in 2007 as part of its efforts to promote healthy living.

Unable to join us? Wear your sneakers (or take them with you) to work, and at some point in the day, take a 30-minute walk. 

  • Take thirty minutes out of your day to go for a walk.
  • Find a trail near you or walk around your neighborhood.
  • You can also visit a local park or walk on your treadmill.
  • Take your canine pals with you, too. They need the cardiovascular workout, too!

Here are some great ways to make that 30-minutes more enjoyable:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Take a friend to pass the time.
  • Make sure to stretch those muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Move your arms, too.
  • Make sure you have good posture.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Love Run 5K

Don't forget to sign up for the Love Run 5K. Proceeds benefit The Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. The race is on Saturday, February 26th.
The Love Run 5K Race

Today is Take A Walk Outdoors Day!

Take A Walk Outdoors Day falls on January 20 every year, and as the name suggests, it’s a day to step outside for a walk! Walking comes with a host of health benefits, and taking a walk outdoors is a great way to get to know your neighborhood and city. Walking outdoors lets your body absorb Vitamin D which is good for your bones and muscle growth. For best results, try an early morning walk because only the early morning sun generates Vitamin D, and 75% of adults don’t get enough of it. Taking walks can brighten your mood, as chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are released during and after walks. Walking can also lessen depression, and it is more effective in doing so if you walk outside than inside. Taking a walk can also benefit the brain by helping new brain cells to grow, which can fight memory loss and dementia and is beneficial for the heart: it can lower your blood pressure, and can lower your risk of getting a heart attack. It can also lessen your chances of getting lung cancer, help you burn fat, strengthen your bones, and keep your skin healthy by helping your body to produce more collagen. The best part is walking is fun and easy and requires no special equipment. You can walk alone, with friends or with your furry companion.  

The City of Decatur, with its tree lined streets and more than 60 miles of sidewalks in 4.5 square miles, is a prime location for walking. Decatur also has a variety of parks and greenspace along with the PATH trail that runs through the city. Take a nice leisurely stroll, or power walk at a brisk speed. Walk in your neighborhood, or take in a hike. Above all, make sure you get outside and get some exercise. Your body and mind will thank you.

Download our walking map with six routes around Decatur! https://www.decaturga.com/parksrec/page/take-walk-decatur-map

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.