We Are Parks and Recreation: Greg White

Gregory White (1)

Grew Up: Durham, North Carolina and went to the library every day as a child because my mother managed the branch libraries. Great way for my mind to explore places and dream.

College: Tuskegee University and earned MBA at Atlanta University

Family: Married to Joniese, and have three children, Noah, Jordyn and Jewel

Employed with the City of Decatur for 26 years

Hobbies:  Photography, Negro League Baseball History, announcing high school basketball games, reading newspapers and bicycling

What I like about our work:  I made a decision to get into the recreation field in 1989 with DeKalb County because I love people, communities, history and sports.  I love connecting people from various backgrounds and creating new experiences. The recreation field is a wonderful platform to knock down barriers around race: team sports, special events, biking, swimming and enjoying the great outdoors.  I enjoy working in Decatur because I have built wonderful relationships with people, local business community and schools. I enjoy the opportunity to document Decatur history and Decatur Active Living history.  I grew up having fun and am able to have fun as a recreation profession.

How I stay active:  I love to take early morning walks with my family in my neighborhood and on the weekends visiting local parks.  I am active in Decatur riding the the City’s cargo e-bike and I walk the city removing graffiti.  During the pandemic I have been active with my church providing vegetable boxes weekly on Thursdays for the community. This activity has been excellent for me bth mentally and physically.  I am proud to announce that I have lost ten pounds during the pandemic by exercise, eating better, and rest.


Other Facts

President Elect for GRPA

Safety Patrol Captain- 1972

Captain of my high school basketball team- 1979

Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award- 2011

Volunteer: Mike Glenn Camp for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf (26 years) Social Media Administrator- Mike Glenn, Atlanta Hawks TV Analyst and SWD Lady Panthers Basketball

Pride & Passion- The African-American Baseball Experience

On First with James “Red” Moore (Saturday, November 20)

Decatur Library

215 Sycamore Street  Decatur, GA

James “Red” Moore played five seasons for the Atlanta Black Crackers (1935, 1938 & 1946-48) and is the only living player from the 1938 championship team.  Mr. Moore will appear with noted Negro League baseball historian and author James Riley to discuss his experience playing baseball when “only the ball was white.”  Pictured below James “Red” Moore at the Atlanta Braves Jackie Robinson Day 2010. 

SRTS Bike Training Underway at Glennwood Academy

Safe Routes to School Bike Training started on Tuesday, September 21 at Glennwood Academy.  Cheryl  Burnette has recruited 30 volunteers to assist with training 250 fourth grade students over the next two weeks.  Students get the opportunity to learn various skills from balance, proper stopping techniques, turn signals, scanning and rules of the road.  Decatur Active Living has a fleet of bikes that are brought to the school for the training and the training is coordinated through the physical education classes.   Instructors are Trina Hallman, PE teacher and Gregory White, Interim Director Decatur Active Living.  Special thanks to Dr. Lee, principal at Glennwood Academy  for allowing this training to take place and rearranging the P. E. classes.   Leslie Stuart is the SRTS Glennwood Academy SRTS representative.  Pictured below are volunteers and Dr. Lee preparing to start the bike training on Tuesday morning.

Active Living’s Greg White in the News!

Decatur Active Living’s Greg White is not only the Champion of the Week but also featured in the September issue of bestself atlanta” where he also appears on the cover. Greg is being honored by The Champion Newspaper for his work with Southwest DeKalb High School where his son Noah attends. Greg is first vice president of the PTA and is also the voice behind the play-by-play announcements for the Southwest boys and girls basketball teams. He also devotes a great deal of time to his church, Hillcrest Church of Christ, where he serves as deacon and youth minister.

Greg’s appearance in “bestselfatlanta” is related to his work as Interim Director of Decatur Active Living. He appears in an article titled “Superheroes of Wellness”. Greg can be found riding his bicycle through the streets of Decatur heading to a meeting or checking on one of the many parks in the city.  One of the goals of Active Living is to bring families together to increase their health and wellness-related activities. Greg is a living example of that.

Congratulations to Greg!!