Decatur to get New Lights for Playing Fields

The softball and baseball fields at Decatur’s McKoy and Oakhurst Parks will get new lighting systems, with construction expected to start Oct.1 and take about three months.  Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said the new lights  will be 15 percent more efficient and spread far less glare to surrounding neighborhoods.  The system will be installed by Daveco Electrical of Boynton Beach, Florida, which constructed lights for the Florida Marlins stadium and the Boston Red Sox spring training facility.  The current McKoy and Oakhurst lights are more than 50 years old.  


BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival- Saturday, August 18


Decatur’s 12th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by three non-profit groups the Community Center of South Decatur, the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and Decatur Active Living. All proceeds of the festival will be invested directly into the Decatu community.Featured music- Mama’s Blue Dress, Dejablue Grass Band, Heather Luttrell, Roxy Watson and the Electromatics.  For more information visit and purchase tickets at

Location: Harmony Park

Time: 4-10pm

Cost: $9 in advance, $10 day of the event

Kids11-20: $5

Kids 10 and under- Free

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

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

New Sprinkler System Being Installed at Decatur Recreation Center

Construction continues to make progress at Decatur Recreation Center and during my visit to the construction site the following pictures were captured as the new sprinkler system was being installed in the multi-purpose room.  The new sprinkler system has been installed in the gym area and downstairs area.  For construction updates continue to visit Be Active


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.

Active Living Sport Camps Kickoff with a Blast

Decatur Active Living Sport Camps kicked off with rainy weather on Monday but sunshine on Friday.  Decatur Active Living offered a variety of camps this week- Skate  McKoy, Softball Camp, Lacrosse Camp and Baseball Camp. Special thanks to our instructors this week Paul Kennedy, Don  Rigger, Gary Anderson and Eddie Fowlkes for teaching the fundamentals and character to our young participants.  During the week at Lacrosse Camp it was exciting to see former Decatur High School students and current players giving back to the Decatur community.  Get active and join the fun at Decatur Active Living Sport Camps.  For more information visit

Pictures of campers doing the week below at Skate McKoy and Lacrosse Camp:



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

Glenlake Pool Closed for Repairs- May 31 and June 1

Decatur residents Glenlake Pool will be closed on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 for repairs on the filtering system (removing the old sand and adding new sand to the filter).  In the interim please visit the two City of Decatur pools at McKoy or Ebster.  Glenlake Pool will reopen on Saturday, June 2 from 10am-6pm.  For additiona aquatic information please call 404-377-7231 or visit  

Glenlake Pool Open- Monday, May 28

Decatur residents for your active living experience Glenlake pool is open today from 10am-6pm.  Special thanks to Dynamo Pool Company for working diligently to get the pool open today and the City of Decatur.  Enjoy the pool and have a great Memorial Day.  During the summer please visit Glenlake, Ebster or McKoy pool as you stay active.  For more information visit

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.