Beat the Heat: Stay Cool and Hydrated this Summer!

Did you catch the Today show featuring Glenlake Pool? Atlanta’s very own Blayne Alexander reported on the nationwide heat wave. As temperatures rise, it’s important to find ways to keep cool and stay safe. One great option is to visit our City’s pools, which are open every day until August 1 and then on weekends through Labor Day. Dive in and beat the heat!

In addition to pool time, here are some handy tips to help you stay cool during these scorching days. First, consider adjusting your outdoor exercise routine to take advantage of cooler times, such as early morning or late evening. If you can’t change the timing, try scaling down the intensity by reducing the duration, opting for a brisk walk instead of a run, or simply lowering your exertion level.

Choosing the right clothing can also make a big difference. Opt for loose-fitting garments, preferably in light colors, and opt for breathable fabrics like cotton, which can keep you cooler compared to synthetic materials.Don’t forget to hydrate! Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they can contribute to dehydration. Instead, savor lighter summer fare like cold fruits, low-fat dairy products, and frequent small meals to keep your body well-nourished without generating excess heat. Plus, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of not having to cook next to a hot stove!

For a refreshing burst of coolness, keep a spray bottle filled with chilled water in the refrigerator. Use it to mist your face after spending time outdoors, providing an instant and invigorating cooldown.When the heat becomes unbearable, it’s crucial to seek shelter indoors whenever possible. Avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Remember to pay special attention to the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, infants, and those with chronic illnesses, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses and dehydration. And don’t forget about our furry friends! Pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

As the summer heat persists, let’s make smart choices to stay cool, hydrated, and healthy. Join us in enjoying all that summer has to offer, while keeping safety a top priority. Stay cool and beat the heat!

Trees 101 for Citizens of Decatur – Lunch & Learn

Come learn about the permitting system and what you should do about your dead and DDH trees in the City of Decatur. Class size limited to 28 citizens.

Pizza lunch will be served or you may bring your own lunch. 

July 28th 2023 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm 

Sign up here! 

Parks & Recreation Hiring Event – Monday, July 17

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community? Look no further! The City of Decatur is currently seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team in Parks and Recreation. Whether you’re looking for Part-Time or Full-Time positions, this is your chance to contribute to a vibrant and thriving community. Exciting opportunities await you!

Apply Online Today: Take the first step towards an enriching career by applying online at Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of a dedicated team that is committed to creating memorable experiences for our residents.

Mark your calendars for July 17th! Join us at Legacy Park, located at 500 S Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, from 1 pm to 4 pm for on-the-spot interviews. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills, passion, and dedication. We can’t wait to meet you in person and learn more about your potential contributions to our team.

Working with the City of Decatur comes with numerous perks. If you’re seeking to become a Full-Time member of our team, you’ll enjoy comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement programs, tuition assistance, and an employee assistance program. We believe in taking care of our employees and providing a supportive work environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

Make a positive impact, grow your career, and be part of a community that values your contributions. Apply online today and mark your calendar for the job fair. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the City of Decatur Parks & Recreation team!

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

Wednesday Walks

Living close to parks and recreation facilities has incredible benefits for both adults and youth. Studies consistently show that proximity to these spaces is linked to higher physical activity levels. Get ready to lace up your sneakers and experience the positive impact firsthand!

But the benefits don’t stop there. Parks also provide a vital connection to nature, offering a sanctuary of tranquility and wellness. Research demonstrates that spending time in nature can relieve stress, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and enhance mental health. It’s a win-win for your body and mind!

Join us this Wednesday at 9 a.m. in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for an invigorating 2-3 mile walk around Decatur’s vibrant neighborhoods. Embrace the fresh air, enjoy the scenic views, and connect with like-minded individuals who prioritize their well-being.

At Decatur Parks & Recreation, we understand the importance of equitable opportunities for all community members to stay active. Our dedicated park and recreation professionals play a key role in ensuring that everyone has equal access to these transformative experiences.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to improve your physical and mental well-being while exploring our beautiful community. Grab a friend, bring your family, and let’s walk together towards a healthier and happier lifestyle!

See you Wednesday at 9 a.m. in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Let’s make every step count!

#WhereCommunityGrows #growththroughhealthandwellbeing #decaturparksandrec

July is Park and Recreation Month

July is Park and Recreation Month! For our favorite month, we are highlighting how #OurCommunityGrows through the essential services offered by the Decatur Parks & Recreation Department.

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.

Join us and @nrpa in celebrating! #WhereCommunityGrows #ParkandRecMonth #ParkandRecMonth23

McKoy Pool Closed

Unfortunately, McKoy Pool is closed for emergency repairs. The pool will be closed until further notice. In the interim Glenlake Pool and Ebster Pool are open. For information on hours and location of Glenlake and Ebster, please visit the aquatic page on our website. Stay tuned for updates and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Upcoming Adventures!

Email Jada Jordan to RSVP for Trails & Ales and Hiking Club.

Parent’s Night Out at Oakhurst Recreation Center

We had such a great time at our last Parent’s Night Out, we decided to do it again! We’ll have games, indoor & outdoor activities, and plenty of fun for kids ages 6-12 years old. Dinner and a snack is included.

Friday June 23rd 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Residents – $25 per child, $10 each additional sibling
Non Residents – $35 per child, $10 each additional sibling

Register here!

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