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NEW!! Decatur Gators Fall Swim League

July 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

The City of Decatur Active Living Division introduces a NEW Decatur Gators Fall Swim League for children ages 6 and up!

Practice begins on Monday, July 24 at 6:00 pm. Practices will be held twice a week at Ebster pool and you may select two of the following days: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Swim meets will be held on Saturday  mornings. The Fall season ends on September 9. Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 meters) unassisted.

Register today! Cost is $150 for residents and $175 for non-residents. This is a great way to keep up the momentum of summer!

For more information, contact or  404-377-7321.

Third Friday FUN Bike Ride is July 21

July 17, 2017 - 10:21am

Join Decatur Active Living for the monthly Third Friday Bike Ride this Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm. It is Parks and Recreation Month so our ride will take you by some of Decatur’s parks.

We ride approximately 6 miles and then visit a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet at Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. Helmets and lights are required for City led rides.

For more information contact or click here.

Healthy Monday: Keep Walking!

July 17, 2017 - 9:16am

It’s not news that walking is a great way to include more physical activity into your day while getting a low-impact workout. Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day may improve your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and help stave off stress. If you have already been able to incorporate more walking into your daily routine – or if you walk the Monday Mile every week – you’re already on a great path to getting more physical activity and fighting the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Read more about getting the most out of your walk on the Move It Monday blog.

Join Decatur Active Living for the 50+ Walks every Wednesday. The walks begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center, are about 2 –  3 miles in length, and begin at 9 am during daylight savings time.

For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

Riding on the Sidewalk

July 14, 2017 - 10:48am

When you are riding on the sidewalk, you also have to deal with many hazards: pedestrians, street furniture, signs, newspaper boxes, etc… These items don’t just make riding inconvenient; they also can make you invisible to drivers.

The fact is, a lot of crashes happen when someone on a bike is using the sidewalk. For more information on bicycle safety and resources, visit The League of American Bicyclists. 

FREE Game Truck for Teens July 15th

July 11, 2017 - 3:52pm

Decatur teens are invited to come over to Fire Station One, 230 E Trinity Place, on Saturday, July 15 from 4 – 6 pm and play video games!

Spend time with police officers and firefighters and enjoy safe, free summer fun!

This event is for teens ages 12 -19.


Bike Safety for Commuters Quiz

July 11, 2017 - 11:07am

Georgia Bikes, our state advocacy organization, offers many resources for cycling. They even have a Bike Safety Tips for Commuters Quiz. You can take that quiz by clicking the link on their home page. You can skip the part where you give information about yourself if you like.

I bet you can score 100%!

Check out their website for this and other bicycling information. They are a great resource.

Destress Monday: Find Your Happy Place

July 10, 2017 - 9:06am

If you’re already dreading the week ahead when you wake up Monday morning, take a deep breath and find your happy place. Guided visualization is a relaxation tool used to reduce stress and provide a calming effect on the entire body. Rather than head into your week in a frazzled state, take five minutes this Monday to create a safe haven in your mind.

Read more here.

No Walk With a Doc This Weekend

July 7, 2017 - 9:50am

Walk With a Doc has been cancelled for July.

Join us on August 12 when we will have Dr. Melissa Black as our featured “doc.”

Click here to learn about the 100 Reasons to Walk.

Bike Safety for a Safer Journey

July 6, 2017 - 10:21am

Enjoy this video with your children to encourage riding safely. School will be starting soon and we want everyone to stay safe!

Wear a helmet!
Right right.
Ride with an adult until you are old enough to ride on your own.
Check your bike before you leave home: air, brakes and chain
Stop at all stop signs and wherever a car may come into the road. Look right, left and right again.

Have fun!


Safety in Bike Lanes

July 5, 2017 - 1:31pm

From the League of American Bicyclists:

A bike lane is a striped and signed lane that provides a dedicated space on the road for people on bikes. They should be used the same as any other travel lane, so follow the same rules of the road.

Things to look out for:
•    Parked cars.  Be sure you ride far enough over to stay clear of an opening car door
•    Vehicles that are turning right without a signal

Even if your community has a law that says you have to ride in a bike lane, there are exceptions:
•    Making a left turn
•    Passing another bicyclist
•    Going around hazards

As with any other lane changes, be sure to first scan, signal and yield.


Move It Monday: Exercise on the Cheap

July 5, 2017 - 10:27am

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get fit. Forget those fancy bikes and expensive gym fees. Excellent equipment and workout accessories can be found right in your own home. Public spaces and the great outdoors are also great places to move it without spending a penny. Read more about free and inexpensive ways to exercise on the Move It Monday blog.

Check out the adult exercise equipment at McKoy Park – get in your workout and enjoy one of our city parks.

Active Living Holiday Hours

June 30, 2017 - 11:28am

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Centers will be open on Monday until 6:30 pm. All evening classes and activities are cancelled.

Both centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

Pools are open throughout the holiday weekend as well as on July 4th.

Youth baseball and adult softball games are  scheduled for July 3rd.

Join Decatur in celebrating the 4th of July with a parade and fireworks. Information is here.

Have a great weekend!


Trail Etiquette: Share the Trail

June 27, 2017 - 9:21am
With more  people using the PATH it is a good time to review trail etiquette.Let’s make sure everyone has a good ride or walk. These tips are from the League of American Bicyclists……

  • Respect all trail users
  • Yield to slower users
  • Obey the rules of the trail
Announce when passing
  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them
Yield when entering and crossing
  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at trail intersections
Keep Right
  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing
Pass on Left
  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right
Be Predictable
  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass
Use Lights at Night
  • Most trial users will not have lights at night; use a white front and red rear light.
Do not block the trail
  • For group rides, use no more than half the trail
  • Stop and regroup completely off the trail

Move It Monday: Get Your Groove On

June 26, 2017 - 9:18am

Dancing is a whole-body workout that is actually fun! It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it will help with balance and coordination. There are a lot of ways in which you can work on your dance moves – on your own, with a friend or partner or in a class setting. Experiment with different styles of dance and choreography to get a feel for what you enjoy the most.

Read more about the benefits of dancing here.

Summer Solstice FREE Yoga Tomorrow!

June 23, 2017 - 8:43am

Celebrate the start of summer with a Summer Solstice Yoga practice tomorrow, June 24 at 9 am with Cheryl Burnette and Mamie Mabery.

Enjoy yoga on the courtyard at Beacon Center, located between the Police Station and Ebster Recreation Center, 420 W Trinity Place. If it rains, we will practice in the Ebster gymnasium. Entrance to the gym is on Electric Avenue.

The event is FREE, however we will gladly take donations for  the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund which ensures that children are able to attend after-school programs and camps by giving scholarships to those in need.