Recreation Centers Closed for Labor Day Weekend

DBF_poster_full_v2Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be hosting activities as part of the Decatur Book Festival. All classes and open gym activities will be cancelled for the weekend. Stop by and enjoy some of the festival programming. Both centers will reopen for regular scheduled activities and classes on Tuesday, September 3.

City of Decatur pools will remain open through Labor Day. Pools close at 6 pm.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Volunteer for the Decatur Book Festival!

Hello Friends of the AJC Decatur Book Festival,

It’s official! The Decatur Book Festival is kicking off on August 30th and would love to have you as part of the Volunteer Decatur Team.

The DBF is one of the largest events in the City of Decatur and will take place August 30, 31 and September 1. It’s going to be an amazing event.

They have a lot of fun volunteer opportunities open, so log into your Volunteer Decatur account to check them out!  Be sure to move the calendar to September to see the Sunday schedule.

Also, be sure to check out the schedule for the festival at and see if your favorite authors will be there.

If you have friends or family who are interested in volunteering, but don’t yet have a volunteer Decatur account, ask them to visit Volunteer Decatur to sign up for their very own profile so they can join in the fun!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Thanks for volunteering and we’ll see you soon!

Sherry & Megan & The Volunteer Team

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Bike Around Decatur This Weekend

DSC00300There are opportunities to bike in and to Decatur this weekend.

On Saturday morning, Decatur Bikes will lead a no-drop ride to Stone Mountain at 8 am. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store and be ready to hit the pavement at 8 am. Wear your helmet!

Bike on over to the Decatur Book Festival and have your bike registered by the Decatur Police Department on Saturday, from 10 am until noon. The registration will be set up next to the Bike Valet on North McDonough.

Which leads to mentioning the Bike Valet that will be offered both Saturday and Sunday, so bike on over to the festival and park your bike safely for free.

For more rides going on around the City visit the Southern Bicycle League website by clicking here.

For more information on biking in Decatur, visit


Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend!

Walk, Bike, Jog……just stay active in Decatur this weekend~


Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride along the PATH. Meet in the CVS Parking lot across from Decatur Bikes at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a very fun group!

City of Decatur Pools are open this weekend through Monday. Enjoy the end of the season with a refreshing swim.

Hang out at one of the great City of Decatur parks or walk your dog over to one of three dog parks in the city. 


Ride your bike to the Decatur Book Festival and leave it at the Bike Valet on N McDonough Street in front of the County Courthouse. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have racks and volunteers ready to take good care of your bike while you walk around the festival. No need to drive and figure out where to park that  car. Join in one the Children’s Parades held at the opening of each day. 


Jog or walk on over to the Decatur Library for the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the front lawn from 9 am until 3 pm. I LOVE this sale so will probably see you there! Arrive early as the books fly off the shelves. 

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Then head on over to the Decatur Farmer’s Market at the corner of N McDonough and Trinity to stock up on fresh grown produce, honey, and more. Support the local farmers.

Coming in from outside Decatur? Hop on MARTA and arrive at the Decatur Station, directly underneath the festival. How convenient is that? Enjoy a car-free weekend!


Bike Valet Parking at Decatur Book Festival

No need to worry about where to park for the Decatur Book Festival this weekend: Ride your bicycle and take advantage of the FREE Bicycle Valet Parking!  Valet Parking, sponsored by the City of Decatur and Bicycle South, will be located on North McDonough in front of Decatur City Hall. Volunteers from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will take great care of your bicycle.

Be sure to stop by the Active Living tent located next to the valet parking. Pick up a Bicycle Suitability Map to help you navigate Decatur, as well as information on upcoming Bicycle Classes beginning in October.

They will be ready to park your bicycle at the Book Festival.

Preschoolers Fill the Rec Center During Book Festival

The Friday before the Decatur Book Festival is a special day for children in Decatur – field trip day! Children gather on the MARTA Plaza for author readings and other book programing. Over at the Decatur Recreation Center the Active Living Department is happy to host another part of the festival – Preschool Field Trips. United Way’s DeKalb Partners for Early Learning is the great sponsor of this day and the gym was filled with children from the College Heights Early Learning Childhood Center as well as other preschools from around the city.

Andrea Berry has a great video clip from the event – all the happy smiling faces will bring a smile to YOUR face!

This young man enjoyed making his puppet.