In Memory of our City of Decatur Hometown Hero- Shirley Kendrick

Shirley Kendrick will be remembered as the resident with the big heart.  Shirley moved to Decatur in 1967 and served many roles in the community. She was the Cambridge Neighborhood Association President, assisted families with MARTA Cards, Christmas gifts, helped families in crisis and each Mother’s Day/Father’s Day she organized the community to take individuals with absentee family members to dinner.  She played a key role with Decatur Active Living operating the concession stand at Oakhurst, Decatur Recreation Center and McKoy since 1999. When there was little league game at Oakhurst you could count on her to have the concession up and running.  All proceeds she put back into the community with her Back to School Picnic at Oakhurst. Children in the community could get notebooks, paper, pencils, back packs and other school necessities.

In 2002 she was nominated as a Hometown Hero by Decatur Recreation and Community Services Department (presently known as Decatur Active Living).  People from all walks of life respect her ability to organize, problem solve and motivate others in the Decatur community.  Shirley thanks for serving Decatur and your legacy will always be remembered at Decatur Active Living.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Decatur Active Living Youth Soccer players show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at soccer games this past weekend.  Support Decatur Active Living activities. For more information visit:

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Decatur Recreation Center receives the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia Design Award

Decatur Active Living is thrilled to announce that LP3 Archeitecture, a collaboration between Praxix 3 & Amy Landesberg Architects, is the recipient of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honor Award. The Decatur Recreation Center received one of only two Honor Awards given- the  highest achievement possible. The Decatur Recreation Center is LEED Silver.  The Decatur Recreation Center was originally constructed in 1958 and houses a diverse group of recreatioanal, civic and art programs for the City of Decatur.  Please stop by and visit this treasure in the Decatur community.  Congratulations to our designers, contractors, city staff and the City of Decatur.

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Tony Dungy (Super Bowl Coach) visits Renfroe Middle School

NBC Football Analyst and former coach of the Indianapolis Colts visited Renfroe Middle School on this past Monday to talk with eighth graders. Tony Dungy’s visit was to kickoff Comcast Internet Essentials program. Tony Dungy talked about dreams and what it takes to make those dreams a reality.  Renfroe student asked Tony Dungy why did pick the City of Decatur and Tony Dungy responded because the City Schools of Decatur is forward thinking and really advanced with technology.


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.  


New Little Library Located at Glenlake Park

The Clairemont Kindergarten students have become scientists, authors, illustrators, and actors as they have learned about animals found in Glenlake Park.   Additionally, each student has written and illustrated a nonfiction, informational text to be shared with the Decatur community, which will be housed in the CL Little Library at Glenlake Park.  The Little Library project is an initiative by Little Free Library ( whose mission is “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.”  Special thanks to the Clairemont Kindergarten staff and parent Vance Shofner who designed and built the Little Library.  Also this Little Library has a solar light so you can see inside the Little Library when it is dark.      DSCN1613

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:


The Ribbon Has Been Cut!


The renovated Decatur Recreation Center was officially opened this morning at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Mayor Jim Baskett was on hand to say a few words about the renovation and cut the ribbon with the help of Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham and Commissioner Patti Garrett.

Mayor Baskett also announced that the gymnasium would be dedicated to former Mayor Bill Floyd and affectionately called “The Bill”.  Members of the Decatur softball team were on hand to unfurl the banner.


Tours have been offered throughout the day and hundreds of community members were on hand to celebrate the opening and see the improvements to the building. It’s not too late – we have one more tour offered this evening at 7 pm. Stop by and check out the renovated meeting rooms, the great new multi-purpose studio, the new administrative suite and more.

Be sure to notice the paneling on the walls and the ceiling of the lobby area which were made out of the old bleachers. The old gym floor was repurposed into many tables found on the main level.

We look forward to serving the community in our newly renovated building!


Join Us For The Ribbon Cutting for the Decatur Recreation Center


Glenda Lee….Children and Youth Services Employee Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Glenda Lee, Program Supervisor for Children and Youth Services was honored at the State of the City Address for 30 years of service.  Glenda grew up in Decatur and attended Trinity High School. Glenda started working with the City of Decatur in 1983.  Glenda has played a key role in shapping the lives of young people and served as a parent to many.  Glenda is committed to providing a fun, safe and quality experience for young people in afterschool or summer camp.  Glenda can be found visiting after school sites, swimming pools and various camps. Congratulations Glenda for a job well done.DSCN0456