Ebster’s House of Horror ….IF YOU DARE



Come visit Zombie Land, Crystal Lake, The Mortuary and the Butcher Shop the Beacon Hill Center (430 W. Trinity Place)

Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28

7:30-10:30pm each night

Cost: $2 per person/children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult

For more information call (404) 377-0494 or lee.williams@decaturga.com

International Walk & Roll to School Day is Wednesday

International Walk & Roll to School Day will be celebrated around the world this Wednesday, October 3rd. Decatur City Schools and St. Thomas More children will be walking, bicycling, skateboarding and scooting to school to celebrate Safe Routes to School.

From the National Safe Routes to School Center:

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 3,300 schools across the United Sates will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to get out of their cars and on to their feet to enjoy the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school.

 “Walk to School Day continues to inspire community-grown events that celebrate health, safety and a sense of community,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the coordinating agency for the event. “Often, this one-day event becomes the catalyst to larger commitments and permanent improvements that make walking and bicycling to school safer transportation options year round.”

Be on the lookout for children and their families walking and biking and be sure to slow down, watch for pedestrians in crosswalks, and maybe walk to work or school yourself!

For more information on Decatur SRTS program, click here.

Postal Service’s Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle

One of the nation’s most popular outdoor activities gets its stamp of approval from the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of the Bicycling Forever stamps.  The four stamps feature a young child just learning  to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line and an airborne BMX rider. 

Decatur is a bike friendly community so Decatur bikers obtain your bicycling stamp today.  Please visit your local post office or the stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop.

Cycling Benefits

Bicycling is an efficient  and affordable means of transportation.

Cycling reduces Obesity, Heart Disease, Improves Muscle Tone and Strength

Recent surveys indicate that Americans enjoy billions of bike rides a year

It’s Hot Out There!

With forecasted temperatures reaching above 100* this weekend, several City of Decatur locations have been designated as cooling centers:

Friday- June 29, 2012 between the hours of 12 noon-5pm

  • Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St., Commission Room  

Friday-Sunday, June 29, June 30 and July 1, 2012 between the hours of 12 noon -5pm

  • Ebster Recreation Center, 430 W. Trinity Place- Theater 
  • Fire Station One, 230 E. Trinity Place- Training Room
  • Decatur Police Department, 420 W. Trinity Place- Lobby

The Decatur Fire Department will have a limited number of “Box Fans” to distribute to those who demonstrate a need. Contact the Decatur Fire Department at 404-373-5092 for more information.

Glenlake Pool Will Open Today at 5pm

Decatur residents Glenlake Pool will open today at 5pm and resume regular scheduled hours tomorrow.  Dynamo Pools has installed 8,000 lbs of White Filter Sand for Pool Water Filtration.  Special thank you to Dynamo Pools for the quick repair on the filtering system. For additional aquatic information please call 404-377-7231 or www.decaturga.com

Glenlake Pool Closed- Sunday, May 27

Decatur residents your safety and health are our top concerns.  The Glenlake pool is closed today due to filtering and equipment issues.  The pool management company and the City of Decatur have been working diligently for the last 72 hours to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  In the interim please visit the two City of Decatur pools at McKoy or Ebster. We hope to have Glenlake pool open as soon as possible and will post updates.

Team USA Road to London Comes to Decatur- May 30

Wednesday, May 30        1-8pm on the square

The City of Decatur will be a part of the Olympic Games on Wednesday, May 30 from 1-8pm on the square.  The Olympics are coming to DeVry University her in Decatur!  The Team USA Road to London tour is an extension o the partnership that DeVry has established with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).  As we approach the Olympic Games (July 27-August 12) in London this summer, the USOC is bringing an interactive Olympic experience to our extended DeVry University communities.

Attendees will be able to interact with each other in a number of fun activities, meet U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls, and receive some USOC and DeVry University branded merchandise. 

Rainharvest System Being Installed at Decatur Recreation Center

On Tuesday afternoon I had the opportunity to visit the construction site at Decatur Recreation Center to find the construction crew preparing to install the rainharvest system on site.  Two 1,700 gallon in-ground rainwater collection systems will be on site to store collected rainwater that will be used for irrigation.  See pictures below of the tanks and construction.  Construction at  Decatur Recreation Center is moving along and anticipated completion is January 2013.


Wednesday is National Bike to School Day!

Tomorrow, May 9 is the first annual National Bike to School Day and schools in the City of Decatur will be joining over 700 schools in 49 states to celebrate.  Not only will all of our elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School be participating, but Decatur High Student Windsor Jones is encouraging students at Decatur High School to bike as well. Please be on the lookout for all these bicyclists as you make your way around Decatur tomorrow morning.

From the National Center for Safe Routes to School:
Tomorrow, for the first time ever, communities across the country will join together to celebrate National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public health organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

Bike to School Day encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

“Since its creation in 2005, the Safe Routes to School program has helped students in over 12,000 schools stay safe, healthy, and active when they walk or bike to school,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “The success of this first-ever National Bike to School Day illustrates that communities across the country understand the need to provide students with healthy options on how to get to school, and I look forward to seeing the program expand to more schools in the future.”

And The Survey Says…

In the Fall of 2011, a Safe Routes to School Parent Survey was distributed to all participating schools in Decatur’s SRTS program. Results were compiled by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Of the 2775 surveys distributed, 751 were returned. Results from the surveys are used to increase the safety of walking and bicycling to school by making changes to the infrastructure. Feedback from the survey is shared with various city departments as well as with school officials. Previous surveys resulted in positive changes such as more sidewalks, curb cut ramps, bicycle lanes and placement of crossing guards.

Highlights from the report:
27% of children reported walking to school and 7% bicycling
24% of the children walk home from school and 6% bike
79% of children who live less than 1 mile from school walk and 6% bike
30% of chldren 1/2 to 1 mile walk and 14% bike
76% of parents reported that distance to school was a factor in their child not walking or biking

To read the entire report, click here.