Deadline for Park Photography Contest is July 31


On your next visit to a Decatur park or green-space snap a photo and enter it in the Decatur Park Photography Contest.  The winner will receive an Amazon gift card! Photo will also be featured in an upcoming FOCUS.

Send your photos to by 5 pm, July 31.

What To Do Over the Holidays While School Is Out……

The children are out of school and you may be wondering what to do. SO, here are some suggestions for free or  inexpensive things to do around Decatur over the holiday break.


thCAFTMK23Visit Woodlands Garden located at 932 Scott Boulevard. Woodlands is open during daylight hours seven days a week for quiet exploration. Free. Please, no dogs and no smoking anywhere on the property. Limited parking available, carpooling encouraged or consider walking or biking over.




chickensBring the children over to visit the Wylde Center located at 435 Oakview Road. Check out the chickens and the bee hives then  play for a while in the Cobb Adobe House.



glenlakeTake a bike ride or walk to one of the many City of Decatur neighborhood parks and playgrounds. If the sun is shining, bring a picnic and arrange to meet some friends there.



glenn creekTake a walk on the trail at Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.




etma-history1Visit the Old Courthouse on the Square and check out one of the exhibits in the DeKalb History Center Museum. They  are currently offering three exhibits on the main floor of the historic DeKalb County Courthouse.

All exhibits are open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Galleries and offices will be closed December 24, 25, 26, and 31 and January 1.


cemeteryVisit the Decatur Cemetery, the largest greenspace in Decatur! Pick up a self-guided walking tour guide at the cemetery office, or find one here. The old section of the cemetery dates back to the early 1800’s.




The Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Library offers a plethora of movies, books and music. Spend some time in the Children’s section lounging on the couches and reading some stories together. Or check out some family movies to take home and watch.


garden go seek beeStop by the Decatur Visitor’s Center and pick up a copy of Garden Go Seek, a fun way to explore gardens and greenspaces throughout Decatur.




decatur-ghost-tourBundle up for a fun night with Decatur Ghost Tours. Discover Decatur’s spirit community as you walk through the Old Courthouse Square, the Decatur Cemetery and other places where ghosts are known to hang out!




deco decaturDrive or bike around the city and see all the great holiday decorations. A list of the Decatur Decatur winners can be found here.




Let’s hear your ideas of fun things to do in Decatur over the holidays!


Kids To Park Day is May 17th

kids to park day


Countdown to Kids to Parks Day! Pledge to take your family or a group of children to a local park on May 17th. And when you do, you’ll be entered to win the  KTPD14 GRAND prize..

Download the free activity book for ideas of how to enjoy your park.

garden go seek bee

Stop by one of the city’s many gardens, pick up a Garden Go Seek booklet, complete the activities and take it to the Visitor’s center for a prize.

Visit one of all of the City of Decatur’s Parks and/or Greenspaces. Maybe take a bike ride or walk to one you haven’t visited before. Take a picnic, a frisbee or a ball, and make an afternoon of it. Relax and enjoy your family time together.