We Are Parks And Recreation: Lee Williams

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I have over 35 years of experience in the area of recreation as Therapeutic Aquatics Instructor, Assistant Director of Aquatics, Assistant Director of Youth Services, Youth Sports Coordinator and Facility Manager. I have been very fortunate in my career over the past 35 years. I have had the pleasure to work with people of all backgrounds and races. If I had to do it all over again I don’t believe that I would change a thing. It is a joy and a pleasure to be a part of the City of Decatur/Active Living team.

Don’t forget about our Virtual programming that is now live on RecTrac! Visit our website to learn about our classes.

We Are Parks & Recreation: Jabari Cole

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Jabari Cole is the Program Supervisor overseeing tennis and aquatics in Decatur. In his role, he serves as both the Director of Tennis and the Aquatics Facilities Operator.

Jabari has played tennis at Glenlake Tennis Center since 1990 and began teaching tennis at Glenlake in 1997. He took on the roles of Head Tennis Pro and Aquatics Director in 2005 and became Program Supervisor in 2010.

 

We Are Parks & Recreation: Sara Holmes

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Sara Holmes is the Adult Program Supervisor for Decatur Active Living. She manages all adult and senior programs, the community garden, and assists with our walking and biking programs.

Sara has been in the recreation and parks field for 12 years. She is currently a Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District Commissioner, the Treasurer of Leisure Careers Foundations, the Chair the Women’s Leadership Summit for GRPA.

Sara is civically involved as a liaison for Leadership DeKalb and a champion volunteer for the Giving Kitchen. In her spare time you will find Sara outside enjoying nature, hanging with her dog Stella, or working in her garden.

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Enjoy a Virtual 4th of July

https___www.history.com_.image_MTY1MTk2Nzc3ODg3MTgwMzYx_july-4-gettyimages-815196336We thought you might enjoy some of these virtual 4th of July activities and fireworks.

  • The California Center for the Arts is holding a virtual festival with music, crafts and more. The fun begins at 6 pm on July 4th.
  • The Town of Miami Lakes and its Cultural Affairs Committee will be hosting its 16th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration virtually this year.
  • The United States Air Force Band, Washington Performing Arts, and National Harbor have partnered together with special guest artists Joshua Bell, Soloman Howard, and Larisa Martinez to present a special online event, streamed live at 4:00 pm on July 4th.
  • Read about the historyof Independence Day.
  • Enjoy a virtual backyard party complete with a DJ from 1-5 pm.
  • Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration at 11 am.
  • The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. Watch the Macy’s fireworks show on NBC from 8 – 10 pm.
  • Fireworks will light up Washington during “A Capital Fourth.”  The presentation features recorded performances by stars such as Patti LaBelle and Renée Fleming; the actors John Stamos and Vanessa Williams will host. Tune in to PBS, PBS.org, Facebook or YouTube at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Stay home, stay safe,and wear a mask when you leave home.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Take a walk outside in your yard, neighborhood or to a park and see what you can find! Bring your completed hunt to the Glenlake Tennis Center and receive a prize! Be sure to practice physical distancing and wear your mask in populated areas.

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Hawks Offer FREE Virtual Basketball Workout Today at 2 pm

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From the Atlanta Hawks:

Missing summer camp? So are we!

That’s why we are hosting free Hawks at Home LIVE basketball workout sessions. The 45-minute workout, hosted on ZOOM, will focus on basketball skills and drills and will feature a Q&A session with a Hawks Basketball Academy instructor to close out the session.

We hope you can join us! To register for the LIVE session, click here!

Who: You and the Hawks Basketball Academy

What: Hawks at Home LIVE Workout Session

When: Thursday, July 2nd at 1 PM

Where: Your house, driveway, back yard, garage or anywhere that you have a Wi-Fi connection and space to work!

Registration: https://atlantahawks.formstack.com/forms/hawksathomelive_copy_3

To find more skills and drills, visit hawks.com/hawksathome

We Are Parks and Recreation: Portia Langley

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My name is Portia Langley and I’m a Program Supervisor with Decatur Active Living. I manage Ebster Recreation Center and provide classes, programs and activities for youth and teens. This is my 11th year in Parks and Recreation and I truly enjoy what I do. Being a positive role model to youth has always been a passion of mine and I’m able to do so every day at Ebster. As Program Supervisor, I help provide a fun, safe place to learn, grow and socialize with friends through after-school or summer camp programs.

I love being active and working in Parks and Recreation allows me the opportunity to get up and moving often.  I enjoy playing pickleball at Ebster, riding my bike around Decatur, and performing on stilts at festivals and events.

Parks and Recreation is essential to the health and well-being of families and I appreciate being involved with making their lives better.

We Are Parks and Recreation: Greg White

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Grew Up: Durham, North Carolina and went to the library every day as a child because my mother managed the branch libraries. Great way for my mind to explore places and dream.

College: Tuskegee University and earned MBA at Atlanta University

Family: Married to Joniese, and have three children, Noah, Jordyn and Jewel

Employed with the City of Decatur for 26 years

Hobbies:  Photography, Negro League Baseball History, announcing high school basketball games, reading newspapers and bicycling

What I like about our work:  I made a decision to get into the recreation field in 1989 with DeKalb County because I love people, communities, history and sports.  I love connecting people from various backgrounds and creating new experiences. The recreation field is a wonderful platform to knock down barriers around race: team sports, special events, biking, swimming and enjoying the great outdoors.  I enjoy working in Decatur because I have built wonderful relationships with people, local business community and schools. I enjoy the opportunity to document Decatur history and Decatur Active Living history.  I grew up having fun and am able to have fun as a recreation profession.

How I stay active:  I love to take early morning walks with my family in my neighborhood and on the weekends visiting local parks.  I am active in Decatur riding the the City’s cargo e-bike and I walk the city removing graffiti.  During the pandemic I have been active with my church providing vegetable boxes weekly on Thursdays for the community. This activity has been excellent for me bth mentally and physically.  I am proud to announce that I have lost ten pounds during the pandemic by exercise, eating better, and rest.

 

Other Facts

President Elect for GRPA

Safety Patrol Captain- 1972

Captain of my high school basketball team- 1979

Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award- 2011

Volunteer: Mike Glenn Camp for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf (26 years) Social Media Administrator- Mike Glenn, Atlanta Hawks TV Analyst and SWD Lady Panthers Basketball

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Parks and Recreation Month. A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal is to raise awareness of the essential services that park and recreation professionals provide to communities throughout the United States.

This month, we are celebrating with the theme We Are Parks and Recreation. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting our passionate Active Living staff members who provide services that are vital to the health of Decatur.

We will also be posting activities as well as offering virtual classes, which you can register for via WebTrac. Continue to visit our Virtual Recreation Center as we work to add updates throughout the month.

The Nature Scavenger Hunt will be posted later this week.

Have a great week and stay active Decatur!

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