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.

Peter McDonald (Active Living Participant/DHS Class of 2008) Student Commencement Speaker at UGA Spring Ceremony

On Friday, May 11th, at the 2012 Spring Commencement ceremony at UGA before 50,000 graduating seniors, families, faculty and the Govenor of Georgia, Active Living’s/DHS’s own Peter J. McDonald was the Student Commencement Speaker.

Peter played soccer for many years at Decatur Active Living and his mother Jill coached for several years in the fall and spring seasons.  Peter graduated summa cum laude from the UGA Honors Program, presented an eloquent and inspiring talk, and gave a huge shout-out to his hometown of Decatur (with many loud responses from the crowd!), referring to his work at Children and Youth Services summer camp and the difference that can be made for at-risk youth.

Congratulations to Peter McDonald and his family. Decatur is proud of you and best wishes as you prepare to reach new milestones in life.

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. 

City of Decatur Pools Scheduled to Open Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and plan to visit City of Decatur pools.  The City of Decatur has three outdoor facilities and beat the heat by cooling off at McKoy, Glenlake or Ebster Pool.  Pools are open May 26- September 3.  For more information about group lessons, private lessons or pool rentals call (404)-377-7231. 

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Glenlake Pool   10am-6pm         (404) 378-7671

Ebster Pool 10am-5pm           (404) 378-4303

McKoy Pool 10am-6pm              (404) 378-8084

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.


Decatur High School Lacrosse Prepares for the Big Game Tonight

For the first time in school history the Decatur High Boys Lacrosse Team has reached the semi-finals of the state lacrosse tournament.  Decatur (14-5) will play Pope (14-3-1) in the historical game tonight.   The game starts at 7:30pm at the Bulldog Stadium.  Admission is $7 per person.  Many of the young men have played  together since the youth program began at Decatur Active Living in 2003.   Decatur fans come out and support the team as they make history. Go Bulldogs!

Recreation Center Begins to Come Out of the Ground

Decatur Recreation Center begins to come out of the ground and steel supports are beginning to shape the new facility.  Construction highlights since January 2012:

Demolition- old plumbing, electrical, old bleacher frames, ceiling, social room removed, offices demolished.

Storm drainage 

Elevator shaft complete

Steel support for the new walking track and new multi-use room on the library side.

New stair well casing

Plants have been removed from the front of the building 

Local Boy Scout Troop Keeps Greenspace Clean

Local Decatur scouts from Pack 134 took the initiative to clean up the debris located in the woody area behind Ebster field last Saturday. Pack 134 provided 13 young scouts along with 12 adults to clean the woody area.  Pack 134 meets at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Items removed- bottles, tires, trash, oil cans and engine parts.  The activity was coordinated through Active Living and the trash removed was brought to the recycling bins located at Beacon Hill Center. Congratulations to Pack 134 for carrying about the environment in Decatur. Pictures below are from the clean up last Saturday.

Decatur Recreation Center Construction Update

Decatur Recreation Center construction enters into week eight and the progress is moving along.  On yesterday I visited the center and had the opportunity to watch the contractors cutting the floor so that new plumbing could be installed in the facility.  Last Friday the groundbreaking ceremony took place and city officials were excited about the demolition and progress of the project.


Decatur Recreation Center Construction- Week 4

Decatur Recreation Center Construction enters week four and the process continues to be amazing.  I had a chance to see some of the gym floor being cut out last week and I started to reflect on all of the community activities that Decatur Active Living has hosted.  Check out the list below:

1. Decatur Youth and Adult Basketball Games

2. Senior Aerobics

3. Decatur High School Basketball Games

4. Country Dancers Jamboree

5. Nike Teen Women’s Summer League 

6. Decatur High School Volleyball Games

7. Line Dancing Jamboree

8. City of Decatur Health Fair

9. Youth Sports Parent Meetings

10. Halloween Carnival

11. Summer Camp Staff Orientation

12. Family Reunions/Community Rentals

13. Playgroups

14. Decatur High School Baseball Practice (Rainy Days)

15. Lacrosse Practices

16. Children’s Arts Festival

17. Decatur Book Festival – Children’s Event

18. Book Signings- Little Shop of Stories

19. Atlanta Symphony

20. 2011 Ice Storm the gym was opened to residents to come out and play.  Families and teens merged on the gym during those icy days.

21. Garage Sale

22. Mike Glenn Hearing Impaired Camp

23. Carter Wilson ” Fastbreak Basketball” Camp

24. Badminton Play

25. Table Tennis Play