Posts Tagged ‘Decatur Active Living’

Decatur outdoor pools will open for daily swim Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oakhurst indoor pool will remain closed at this time. McKoy and Ebster will close for weekday swimming on August 1 and will remain open on weekends through Labor Day. Glenlake Pool will remain open daily through Labor Day as well as the weekend following Labor Day.

Admission is $5 for each person older than 2. Resident Season Pool Passes are available for purchase at Webtrac.decaturga.com for $125. Individual passes are $45.

Total occupancy at each pool has been reduced to the following bather loads: 53 people at Glenlake Pool, 31 people at Ebster Pool, and 25 people at McKoy Pool. The new occupancy numbers allow for each person to have 160 square feet of clear space around themselves. Social distancing guidelines require 6ft of space in each direction, which would equal 144 square feet of space for each person. Bathrooms will be limited to 2 people at a time or immediate family members. Patrons should plan to limit visits to 2 hours in order to allow others to use the facilities. Patrons will be asked to exit the facility after 2 hours when others are waiting in line to enter the pool. Pool rentals are suspended until further notice.

For the safety of the community and staff the following guidelines are in place:

• Due to the reduction in pool occupancy, the pool admission fee will guarantee patrons a maximum of two hours at the pool. Patrons will record the time that they arrived at the pool on the sign in sheet. This policy will be enforced when there are patrons in line waiting to enter the pool.

• Maintain a distance of 6 ft. from others at all times. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are adhering to social distancing guidelines.

• All patrons must wear a mask while not in the pool or able to remain 6 ft. from others.

• Adult Swim is 20 minutes to allow lifeguards to wipe down high touch surfaces. All patrons younger than 18 will exit the pool at this time.

• Patrons are responsible for disinfecting pool furniture prior to use. Disinfectant will not be provided.

• Showers and changing rooms are closed. Restrooms are limited to two people at a time.

• Toys and balls are not allowed in the pool.

• Wearable flotation devices will be allowed in the pool, subject to the discretion of the lifeguards.

• No snack or food service. Patrons may bring their own food and drink to the pool. No glass.

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Tracie Sanchez with Decatur Active Living shares the following time change for Walk with a Doc: 

WWAD Time = 10:00 am every Wednesday

Georgia is heating up and so is our city, so we will walk earlier in the day. Beginning next week on June 11 we will depart at 10am for our walk and continue through June/July/August. Yes, that means we are leaving an hour earlier.  Active Adults that we polled voted to have a leisurely breakfast routine at home and then come walk, so 10am wins!

Walk With a Doc is a free, group walking program, that occurs weekly at the Decatur Recreation Center. We are local chapter of http://www.walkwithadoc.org and offer 7 routes across the city and average about 3 miles weekly at an easy pace. We have a doc join us and a CAPS volunteer walk with us to keep us safe at crossings and around hazards. Usually about 10-15 walkers arrive for the walk and enjoy a informal chat with a different doc each week. Below is a list of docs who have led our walks and we are always recruiting for more. We start each walk with a quick intro, grab some water, and head out.


Staffer Tracie leads along with the guest Doc, and the CAPS volunteer brings up the back. Our routes are on sidewalks and in greenspace throughout the city. Everyone enjoys the chat while walking 2×2 and it has become quite social. Come meet some new folks and ramp up your fitness routine. Sometimes we try new tools like trekking poles, chi walking, cooling neck scarves, pre-post walk stretching sessions.

Free shirt to those who walk

Walking is the one activity that everyone can do without special gear although we do recommend a good, supportive shoe, water, and a sun visor. We issue Walk With a Doc shirts to all walkers and Docs who complete one walk with us. Come get your shirt!

See you at 10am every Wednesday, meet Tracie in the lobby!


Doctors partnering with WWAD in 2013/2014 in Decatur, GA

  1. Tom Brillante, Optometrist
  2. Sharman Colosetti, Psychotherapist
  3. James Meyers, Fire Captain, City of Decatur
  4. Melissa Bloom, PT, DPT, NCS
  5. Kevin Hendler, DDS Geriatric Dentistry Emory
  6. Sandy Bramlett, Nia, Chi Walking, Zumba 50+
  7. Khurram Khan, MD Wesley Woods Outpatient Clinic
  8. Don Batisky, MD Pediatric Hypertension, CHOA
  9. Gregory White, Director, Decatur Active Living
  10. Gedalia Genin, ND Naturopath
  11. Cathy Vogel, Lead docent at Friends of the Decatur Cemetery
  12. Sara Shuler, Neurologist, Dekalb Medical
  13. Dana Young, Owner and Healer Dragonfly Reiki
  14. Gretchen Evans, Veteran OEF, Command Sergeant Major USArmy
  15. Rosie Milan, Vitality expert
  16. Arthur Ratliff, State Farm Insurance
  17. Trent Lowe, Smart911, Heart Month
  18. Erin Hinek, Psychotherapist
  19. Tracie Sanchez, Decatur Active Living
  20. Frances Moriarty, Master Gardener at the Wylde Center
  21. Gayle Christian, Chi Walking & Librarian
  22. Kan Guvensel, Licensed Professional Counselor
  23. Neli Manova, Big Peach Running Co.
  24. Joe Nocera, CVNR Cognitive Effects of Exercise, Emory & Atlanta VA
  25. Lyn Menne, Asst City Manager, Community & Economic Dev.

Photo albums of previous walks

We keep and share our WWAD photos on facebook, share as you like.


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Decatur’s roads and sidewalks are ICY, so please stay where you are and avoid driving if at all possible. City crews treated roads overnight with salt and sand, but with the low tempatures refreezing occurred. If you decide to venture out for a walk today please be extremely careful, as sidewalks are more slippery than roads in many places around the city.

Today’s closings:

  • Decatur Recreation Center is closed today
  • Decatur Municipal Court is closed tonight. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing.
  • City Hall is operating with very limited staff.
  • The Design, Environment and Construction division of Public Works is closed today, as all staff that made it into work are focused on clearing roads, etc.
  • Tonight’s Town Hall meeting (“Review of the 2014 General Assembly Legislative Session”) hosted by state Rep. Rahn Mayo, state Rep. Howard Mosby and state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a future date.

The good news is that there were no car accidents, no trees down and no loss of power in the City of Decatur last night. The few people who were stranded yesterday were able to make it home ok. Public safety personnel were able to do a number of winter weather welfare checks on seniors and other vulnerable residents. (And as a reminder, if you have a senior neighbor, please be neighborly and check on him or her today.)

If you need emergency assistance during this winter weather, please call the police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.

Please check back here later today for updates on the weather and possible closings tomorrow.



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Today’s weather is a good opportunity to re-post the following from Sgt. Ross with the Decatur Police Department:

Check On Seniors In Your Neighborhood

This is not a warning to the community that it is cold outside, we are all quite aware. This is a request for everyone to pitch in as a community and offer something that is free, a few minutes of your time. Many of us prep for cold weather by stocking the kitchen, picking up a space heater, throwing more blankets on the bed and tending to our plants and animals. However, it is not easy for every member of our community to prepare for or endure extremely cold weather. Please take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood. See if you can bring in their mail or wood or something else they may need. Sometimes simply being checked on is greatly appreciated when staying indoors gets to be lonely. Lastly, a neighbor may need emergency assistance and unable to call for themselves. If you are caring for an elder loved one or simply watching out for seniors in your neighborhood, click here for some specific tips to help.

The police non-emergency number is 404-373-6551.

Here’s a round-up of today’s closings in the City of Decatur:

  • The Decatur library is closing today at 2 p.m.
  • The Decatur Recreation Center is closing at 5 p.m. Youth basketball and all afternoon and evening classes are cancelled. All Recreation Center classes and activities before noon tomorrow are cancelled.
  • Decatur Municipal Court is closed tonight. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing for a future date.
  • All City Schools of Decatur after-school programs and after-school activities have been canceled for this afternoon. All evening activities, athletics practices and games, classes, and meetings scheduled in the City Schools of Decatur are also canceled.

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Twenty-three Kindergarten through 5th graders participated in yesterday’s Polar Camp at the Decatur Recreation Center. Children & Youth Services provided a warm, safe environment to play games, tell stories, and most important, get out of the house!

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Start the year off right by bookmarking two other blogs written by City of Decatur staff:

BeActiveDecatur.com – Active Living staff post regularly with tips and advice on how to live healthier in Decatur

The Decatur Tax Blog – Includes an easy-to-use tax estimator tool

On Twitter? Be sure to follow @downtowndecatur and use #DecaturGA when you tweet about the city.

On Facebook? So is Decatur. You can like us here.

Friends or family planning a visit in 2014? Send them over to VisitDecaturGA.com for more information about our city and to DecaturRestaurant-Tour.com for videos featuring some of Decatur’s most popular restaurants.

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This is a cross-post from the Be Active Decatur blog.

Why not take the family out for a healthy meal on Tuesday night and be rewarded for it? Decatur Active Living and Decatur Tourism have partnered to promote healthy eating with the Eat Well Indie-Catur campaign happening in October. Eat out at any of the participating restaurants, choose the special healthy meal offered on Tuesday, get your tracker card signed by the wait person and you are on your way to earning a recipe collection! How easy is that?

Eat out any three Tuesdays, get those three signatures on your card and then turn your card in at the Decatur Visitors Center to earn your FREE recipes.

There are three Tuesdays left in the month, so get started this week! Cards are available at the participating restaurants.

This is a great opportunity to try some new dishes.

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October’s “Eat Well Indie-Catur Campaign” starts today. Active Living and the Decatur Visitor’s Center teamed up with local restaurants for this month-long promotion. Diners who eat three healthy entrees on any of the five Tuesdays in October will be rewarded with a recipe collection.

How does it work?

1) Visit a participating restaurant on any Tuesday in October (Cakes & Ale, Café Lily, The Corner Pub, Leon’s, Steinbecks, Twains, Colbeh, Parker’s on Ponce, Universal Joint and Sapori di Napoli).

2) Order the featured healthy entree.

3) Get your “Eat Well Indie-Catur” card signed (Cards are available at participating restaurants and at the Decatur Visitor’s Center).

4) Repeat two more times to earn the Indie-Catur Recipe Collections.


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Jeff Galloway and Mayor Bill Floyd at Last Year's Kick-off Event

The City of Decatur is ready to defend its “Most Fit City” award received last year at the KP Corporate Run/Walk. We are once again forming Team Decatur for the annual event. Join us this Thursday, July 28th from 6-8pm for the official Kick-off Celebration on the Old Courthouse Square.

  • Visit with local fitness and wellness businesses in the Health Expo.
  • Drawings for prizes and gift certificates and one lucky attendee will win a free beach retreat weekend with Olympian Jeff Galloway on the Florida panhandle near Seaside!
  • Receive information about FREE training walks and runs held around the city.
  • Morgan Rowe will be performing!

For more information and to register for Team Decatur, click here.

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The Decatur Recreation Center is about to undergo a huge renovation and is packing up to begin the move this coming Monday, May 23rd to Beacon Hill. The “temporary” Rec Center will be located in the old Theatre Decatur space at Beacon Hill, right behind the Decatur Police Station. The new address is 430 W. Trinity Place and the entrance is on the rear of the building.

While we move our technology on Monday  morning, the phone lines will be down for about an hour. After that, all registration for camps, sports, etc. will be at the new location. If you try to call and can’t reach us, just leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we are online again.

After-school, exercise classes and other regular programming will continue at the present location until school is out on Friday, May 27th, then all summer camps and regular Rec Center activities will be at Beacon Hill.

We look forward to serving the community in our temporary location!

For updates throughout the coming months, visit www.beactivedecatur.com.


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