Monday, June 29, 2009

Awesome at Ebster!

We are very, very pleased to announce that two "Funbrellas" have been installed today at Ebster Pool. You may have seen the "Funbrellas" at McKoy Pool. They provide a great deal of shade to the pool deck, and they look pretty cool too! Ebster is the only city pool with a diving board, and is a nice place to bring older children and teens.
Click here for a map of parking options at Ebster.

DeKalb County Board of Health - Seeking Community Volunteers

The DeKalb County Board of Health, Division of Health Assessment and Promotion is currently seeking community volunteers to participate in a focus group on our Status of Health in DeKalb report. We are seeking community opinions and insight on how to make our report clear and understandable for all audiences.

I am recruiting for a focus group to be held at the Board of Health on July 14, 2009 from 11am-1pm. In compensation for your time, a light lunch will be provided.

Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions.


Eryn Marchiolo, MPH, CHES

Health Promotion Coordinator

DeKalb County Board of Health

(404) 294-3775

Friday, June 26, 2009

Volunteer Group Helps at Oakhurst Dog Park

A BIG thanks to Pastor Bryan Fowler of the NAVO Church in Oakhurst who helped organize two clean up days at the Oakhurst Dog Park. Approximately 20 volunteers from the church and a youth group out of Richmond, Virginia helped city staff clean out dead branches, fill in holes, limb up trees and remove ivy and brush from the dog park. They worked hard out in the tough heat and battled some ornery yellow jackets!

See more photo's HERE.

Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade

Join Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate, or walk in this event.

The City Commissioners will lead the parade in the mini-firetruck. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun.

Parade line-up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner.

Anyone may participate in the parade but those with vehicles must register by completing the July 4th Pied Piper Parade Guidelines form.

The concert, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.) and are shot from the top of the DeKalb County parking deck.

For information call 404-371-8386 or email For 24-hour information call the Decatur Events Hotline, 404-371-8262, or check this website.

Invasive Exotics in Your Landscape

From area resident Suzan Rowe: Did you know that many commonly-used landscape plants are invasive species? An exotic plant is one that is planted outside its natural habitat. While many of these plants are not a problem, some become invasive due to lack of the natural enemies that would otherwise keep them in check. These plants reproduce quickly, displace many of the other species in their domain, and are difficult to eradicate.

Not only can infestations of exotic plants destroy our natural biodiversity, permanently eliminate native plants, and deprive wildlife of food and habitat, they also interfere with navigation, recreation, power generation, water supply, production on agricultural and range lands, and create public health and safely hazards. Landscape plantings and gardens can quickly be overtaken. Some exotics produce chemicals or cause allergic reactions that may harm humans, while others create fire hazards.

The direct monetary costs of attempting to control and alleviate the negative effects of these infestations run into hundreds of millions of dollars annually in the US. These costs are borne by the taxpayers – that means you & me. In addition, the value of our homes can be decreased when invasive species destroy mature trees or overtake vacant lots and wooded areas in the neighborhood.

Some of the most troublesome species in our area are Mimosa, Tree of Heaven, Chinese Privet, Japanese Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, Chinese Wisteria, Kudzu and English Ivy. If you take a walk around the neighborhood or down the SPC trail this week, notice how frequently you see these plants and how they impact the surrounding vegetation. You might be surprised at the severity of the problem.

Following are links to sites that will help with identification and provide more information. In coming issues, we will present techniques to eradicate these invasive plants and suggest native plants alternatives that you can use in your landscape.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ebster Pool Parking Available Behind Ebster Rec. Center

Lap Swimming!!!

Lap Swimming
Ebster Pool
Parking available at the Ebster Recreation Center's Electric Ave. parking lot
8 am to 10 am Weekdays This Summer
Come join us; Lap Swimming is one of the best all-around exercises there is!
Please e-mail Maggie Hamilton with any questions.

4 Reasons to Swim for Fitness

Christine Swint

Aug 10, 2007

Swimming laps: a great way to recharge the body and mind during summer heat.

Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, it's refreshing to head to a lap pool for fitness needs. For many weekend fitness warriors, the ninety-degree heat rules out walking, jogging, or even tennis. Enter lap swimming to pick up the slack.


Because the face is submerged underwater every few seconds, swimming laps requires the lungs to take in large amounts of air. When the swimmer's face tilts up for a breath, the lungs take the opportunity to increase their intake of air. By the end of a half hour or 45-minute swim, fresh oxygen has recharged every muscle and organ in the body.


Swimming is not a resistance activity in the traditional sense, which means it doesn't help strengthen bones the way weight lifting, running, or dancing can. But the flip side of the buoyancy of swimming is that it provides relief to the body's joints. With the weight of the water supporting the swimmer's body, synovial fluid lubricates the joints, allowing for greater mobility once the swimmer walks and runs again.


Although swimming laps doesn't strengthen bones, it's a great way to improve muscular strength. Who doesn't admire the smooth, elongated muscles of Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe or US Olympian Michael Phelps?


The repetitive motion of lap swimming combined with the 30 minutes to an hour that you slice through the water, make it an ideal activity to practice meditation in motion. Leave the cares of the day on the pool deck and let the weight of the water support you. Take deep breaths, and feel the tension in your body fade. The cool turquoise water envelops you and soon your heart and lungs, working in tandem, energize limbs and brain alike.

Tips for an enjoyable swim:

If you're not physically fit, check with a medical doctor before starting a swimming program.

Invest in a comfortable pair of goggles that don't leak. They range from $6.00 to $30.00. Try rubbing some Vaseline around the inside rim of the goggles. It helps prevent water leaking in, and allows you to ease the tightness of the strap.

Wet your hair before swimming, apply hair conditioner, and then put on a bathing cap. Your hair will thank you, since chlorine can turn beautiful locks into straw.

Vary your stroke. Breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle work on different muscles of the body, and give you a rest from the repetitive movements of just one stroke. An informative website for tailor-made workouts is Swim Info.

Use a kickboard to strengthen your legs.

Use a pull bouy between your legs to work on strengthening your upper body.

To keep your swimming spirits bouyant, refer to The United States Masters Swimming.

Read more:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance is a fantastic way to combine exercise and fitness with creative expression. Active Living can be creative and artistic too!

here for an AJC article on the City of Decatur's Planning Director and fantastic dancer, Amanda Thompson!

Decatur PD: Theft Prevention Tips & Online Vacation Card

From Juanchella Francis, Decatur Police Department:

Theft prevention tips and instructions to complete an online vacation card are detailed below:






If you and your family are travelling this summer please remember to complete an online vacation card before your travels. The directions to do so are detailed below:

Vacation Card:

-Go to

-Underneath New! Open City Hall Forums, Click on Open City Hall

-Underneath News Flash!, Click on “Introducing Decatur Online Communication Management System

-Underneath News Flash! Introducing Decatur Online Communication Management System, Click on “Make A Request”

-Underneath Request for Services, Click on “Make A Request”

-Underneath Topic Areas, Click on “Public Safety (Police/Fire)” and Click on “Out of Town House Check”

-Complete the form underneath “Contact Details” and submit your request


Decatur Police Department

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Decatur Housing Authority - 26th Annual National Night Out Assistance Needed

National Night Out Celebration

On Tuesday August 4th, neighborhoods throughout DeKalb County are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “26th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. The Decatur Housing Authority has four communities that join in this celebration against crime. These communities which consist of assisted and conventional developments are Allen Wilson Terrace, Swanton Heights, Gateway and Spring Pointe Apartments; this is our largest event in these communities. We ask many businesses and others for assistance in making this event a big hit, for example the local police department, Community leaders, and other local area businesses.

This year our event is being held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. We would like to extend a request for you to participate by volunteering your services. We are in need of entertainment (rap, R&B, spoken word and etc.). We are estimating approximately 350 -400 residents will attend this celebration.

As you know we are a non-profit organization that assists people with their housing needs, as well as providing other supportive services. Our organization receives funding through grants, HUD and other programs; therefore, there are limited funds available to provide for this event.

The Decatur Housing Authority looks forward to your participation in this community service event as we join together to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. For further information, please contact me directly at (404) 373-4491 #12 or via email at You may also view the 2007 NNO celebration video and other NNO marketing information on our webpage at, click on the National Night Out page under Resident Services.

Thanking you in advance for your continued support to our endeavors.


Melvin L. Whitlock, Sr.

Resident Services Supervisor

Trees Atlanta News
225 Chester Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

Invasive Plant ID and Control Workshop - NEW DATE!
Sponsored by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Saturday, June 27th 9-Noon
At the Outdoor Activity Center; 1442 Richland Road; Atlanta, GA 30310

Come learn from Connie Gray, the President of the GA Exotic Pest Plant Council. She will be teaching how to recognize the most damaging invasive plants in the Atlanta area, how these plants impact natural ecosystems, and how to control these plants using the most effective and environmentally friendly methods.

This workshop will offer lots of knowledge that will serve you well when you volunteer with our Forest Restoration program.

The cost of the program is $20
To register contact Darryl Haddock at (404) 752-5385

NeighborWoods Workshop, August 1, 2009
For any neighborhood interested in hosting a tree planting project during the 09-10 season.

TreeKeepers Training Course begins August 8th
This 7-week course is for those who want to learn more about caring for trees and want to lead Trees Atlanta projects.

Go Green Expo

Go Green Expo, the nation's premier eco-friendly tradeshow, is coming to The Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA June 26-28. Sponsored in part by WSB-TV, Go Green Expo will showcase the latest and greatest in all things green from fuel efficient cars and natural personal care products to greener gadgets that help us live more sustainably. In addition to over 200 different exhibits, Go Green Expo will also host a variety of panels and presentations. Trees Atlanta will be represented by Director of Communications and Administration, Cheryl Kortemeier, during a presentation on Saturday, June 27 at 3:30pm discussing Conservation & Environment. As a Trees Atlanta supporter, you can enjoy 1/2 priced admission, simply visit and use promo code GASPEAKER when registering for tickets. We hope to see you there!

Visit Go Green Expo website

Glenlake Pool

Glenlake Pool is closed until 4:30 pm today to a contamination incident. Ebster Pool and McKoy Pool are open as usual.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Get Outdoors Georgia (GO Georgia) shows families how easy and fun it is to get outdoors and get fit. Helping to spread the word is our fun loving gopher, who challenges everyone to head to a state park and take advantage of all the opportunities to: Get Out. Get Dirty. Get Fit. And see how many calories you can burn!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Munchkin Tennis!!!

Munchkin Tennis for Ages 4-6 years old
4 to 5 pm, Mondays, Year-round

Our instructors use backdoor learning techniques and games to begin to teach youngsters proper stroke form and footwork while keeping the major focus of the class about fun. We say this with confidence: This is one of the best young child tennis programs in the metro Atlanta area!

Please e-mail Jabari Cole or call 404-377-7231 for more information.

Friday - Walk or Bike to the Decatur Beach Party!

Decatur Beach Party

Friday, June 19, 5pm – 12 am

Downtown Decatur (map)

Decatur brings in 60 tons of sand and turns the square into a beach for this annual event. Dance in the streets to the beach music from the live band. Activities include children's boardwalk games, face painting, wading pools in the sand and more. Adults $6.50 in advance, $10 at the gate; children 12 and under, free (limit two children per paying adult). No coolers, glass or pets allowed. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit downtown improvement projects.


June 23 - Support the Gators & Stop by the Decatur Chick-fil-a!

Help support the Decatur Gator Swim Team!

On Tuesday, June 23rd, a portion of every purchase made between 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Decatur Chick-fil-a will go to support the swim team. Please stop by and get some tasty Chick-fil-a food while supporting your city's swim team!

For information on the swim team, please e-mail Maggie at:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Repeat Post: Oldie but Goodie

One Route to Community Fitness

Which form of exercise is easily accessible, free and can boast the lowest dropout rate of any form of exercise? Walking, and the American Heart Association has teamed up with the American Council on Exercise to offer a program that will help your organization get more people on their feet and moving.

Studies have shown that Americans are increasingly overweight, and American jobs have become more sedentary. What's more, employees are spending 164 more hours per year at those sedentary jobs than they did 20 years ago.

"With over 66 percent of Americans considered overweight or obese, and nearly 70 percent of the population not engaging in regular light to moderate physical activity five times a week or vigorous activity three or more times per week, we realized there was a dire need to incorporate more walking into people's daily routines," said Timothy Gardner, M.D., AHA president. "Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life."

So on April 8, the AHA celebrated National Start! Walking Day, getting people from all walks of life to head out for a 30-minute trek on walker-friendly paths in cities across the country. But the fun doesn't stop there.

The AHA has collaborated with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's leading fitness authority, to develop walking plans for people of various ability levels. The free, downloadable plans and a list of walking paths in various cities are available at

Why walking?

In addition to its easy accessibility and low dropout rates, walking provides many health benefits.

"As you know, walking is beneficial to health," said ACE's Julia Valentour, a programs coordinator who helped develop the walking programs. She added that it reduces the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, as well as combating high blood pressure and lowering the risk for breast cancer and premature death. "The benefits go on and on," Valentour said. "It's low-risk and easy to do. It's great to get people out, and now that it's spring, it's the perfect time to get people started on a walking program."

Valentour said there are seven programs altogether, each designed for varying levels of fitness and different goals, such as weight loss or health. "There are also two made for people who are really busy who can't seem to fit it in, the time-crunched," she added.

The workouts are "great for improving aerobic fitness, even for beginners," Valentour said. "When people are encouraged to get out and walk, they'll often stick to their usual route and pace. To improve fitness, the concept of overload needs to be incorporated." The Start! programs, by incorporating the overload principle through increased time, frequency and effort, encourage walkers to build their fitness levels over time.

"We also encourage alternate activity days, where they can rake leaves, do yoga, go for a bike ride or do other activities."

Find materials and articles that support the program online at, and get your community involved.

Lax Thanx

A big thank you to all the players, coaches, parents and staff that made this spring's youth lacrosse season go well!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Park Pavilion Rentals

The McKoy Park and Oakhurst Park pavilions are available for rental through the end of October.
Both are nice locations for a birthday party, family reunion, etc. Rentals at both pavilions are limited to no more than 75 people. Alcohol, glass bottles and vehicle parking on the grass are not permitted.

To rent a park pavilion, simply call the Glenlake Tennis Center, where they will check availability, list fees, and answer any questions. There is no need to stop by the tennis center in person; they will mail, e-mail or fax a rental form to you.

You can also e-mail questions to Peggy Brodsky,, or Marlene Scott,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Glenlake Park Stream Bank Update

Click Here for a Glenlake Park Stream Bank Update via The Decatur Minute.

Purchase Pool Passes Positively!

Summer Family and Individual Pool Passes are available for purchase at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. Please call Virginia at 678-553-6544 with questions.

Season Pool Passes

City of Decatur Residents (please provide proof of residency)

Individual (2-13 yrs) $50

Individual (14-59 yrs) $60

Household (5 or less) $125

Household (5 or more) $125 + 10 additional member

Non-City Residents

Individual (3-13 yrs) $85

Individual (14-59 yrs) $95

Household (5 or fewer) $175

Household (5 or more) $175 + 10 additional member