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Decatur Active Living • Children & Youth Services

AfterSchool 2014-2015! See page 12

3 athletics 7 active adults & youth 9 afterschool 12 decatur parks 14 special events 16 pools & aquatics

Opening Soon

New! Beacon Municipal Center and Swimming Pool to Open in 2014 he new Beacon Municipal Center at 420 W. Trinity Pl. will house a new police facility, a renovated Ebster gym, an Active Living and Recreation Center and the central office for City Schools of Decatur. When the center opens this year, residents and visitors can enjoy a swim in the renovated Ebster Pool, which will have a new bathhouse and more lanes to accommodate recreational and competitive swimming. History fact: This location once housed Herring Street School (1913-1956), Beacon Elementary School and Trinity High School, which were schools for African Americans in the Decatur community. Beacon, which means lighthouse, was chosen as a name by the student body.

Pools Open

Saturday, May 24


Active News Celebrate Summer Solstice with Yoga on the Square June 21 • 9-10:30 am Old Courthouse Square

Team Decatur and Kaiser Permanente 5K Kickoff July 15 • 6-8 pm Decatur Recreation Center 231 Sycamore St. Decatur is once again partnering with Kaiser Permanente and Jeff Galloway for the fifth annual KP Corporate Run/Walk Kick-off. Join us for a health and fitness event featuring local businesses and offering information on getting and keeping fit as well as drawings for prizes and information on registering for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk Sept. 11. There will also be opportunities to participate in various types of exercise, so wear your walking or running shoes. This year marks Decatur’s fifth year of participation in the fall event. Team members receive a free Team Decatur T-shirt to wear to the race when they register for the KP Corporate Run/Walk. Decatur Active Living partners with local running stores to provide eight weeks of free fitness training with walks and runs offered in Decatur. To register, visit For more information on Team Decatur and the Grand Slam Fitness Challenge visit or contact or 678-553-6541. 2

Join Marti Yura and Cheryl Burnette to welcome in the longest day of the year with a Summer Solstice Yoga Practice. Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body and spirit and a celebration of the sense of joyfulness and fun that the sunshine evokes in all of us. Come together with the Decatur community to celebrate with a morning practice that includes asana, chanting and more. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Decatur Youth Fund.

May Is National Bike Month

Decatur Celebrates With Bicycling Opportunities! Every Saturday • Sam’s Freight Room Ride, 2 pm. Meet at 415 E. Howard Ave. for an easy 11mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur. No-drop ride. May 2 • Women’s Bike Class, 6-9 pm, free. Continues on May 3 at 2 pm outdoors to practice skills. May 10 • Introduction to Group Riding Skills, 1-3 pm, free. Meet at Glennwood Elementary. May 7 • Bike to School Day May 12-16 • Bike to Work Week May 16 • Bike to Work Day – Riders are invited to stop by Decatur Recreation Center between 7 and 10 am for coffee and pastries before your bike commute to work. May 16 • Third Friday Decatur Fun Ride, 6:30 pm Meet at Church Street MARTA for a fun, slowpaced five-mile ride around Decatur, followed by a visit to a local pub or restaurant for refreshments. May 17 • Children’s Bike Rodeo

Children and Youth Services Division 231 Sycamore St. • P.O. Box 220 Decatur, GA 30031 404-378-1082 • fax 404-378-1281

Claire Miller........................................................ director Nancy Brune................................. assistant director Glenda Lee...............................program supervisor Lillie Johnson.................administrative assistant Lartesha director Caudieu director Rashad director Tiffany director Renae director Cathy Morgan director Danielle director

Decatur Active Living Division 231 Sycamore St. • P.O. Box 220 Decatur, GA 30031 404-377-0494 • fax 404-370-4130 •

Greg White.......................................................... director Cheryl Burnette........................... assistant director

Athletic Services Stacy Green.............................program supervisor Lindsey Struck... assistant program supervisor Nikebra Goodlow..........................program leader

Recreation Services Lee Williams............................program supervisor Bessie Hall...........................................program leader Tavelus Johnson.............................program leader Irin Pittman........................................program leader Tracie program leader

Tennis/Aquatics Staff Jabari Cole................................program supervisor Sharon Hulette................................program leader Kyle Morton......................................program leader Marlene Scott...................................program leader

Support Staff Virginia Atchison..........administrative assistant Juanita Tyson.......................................morning clerk Arlana Nicholas............................... afternoon clerk Eugenia Kelley-Minor...................... evening clerk

Active Living Board Members Kelly Walsh, Chair • Bill Adams • Sally Brozek Michael Harbin • Wendy Heaps • Paul Jacxsens • Don Rigger • Miriam Vos

May 18 • Bicycle South, 2098 N. Decatur Rd., offers an easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park, beginning from the store at 9 am. Refreshments at Bicycle South after the ride. May 24-25 • Bike Valet parking is offered at the Decatur Arts Festival. Sponsored by Bicycle South, the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur.

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Active Living Staff Appointments to Georgia Recreation and Parks Association for 2014: Gregory White, Board of Trustees and District 6 Commissioner. Lindsey Struck, District 6 Secretary. District 6 Committee Appointments: Leadership–Stacy Green; Technology–Jabari Cole; Visibility/Marketing–Cheryl Burnette.

Decatur Pools


Contact Jabari Cole • 404-377-7231,

Decatur Pools Offer a Fun Environment for All NEW! Ebster Pool • 404 W. Trinity Place • 404-378-4303

Decatur’s Swim Season


ecatur Active Living offers a variety of summer aquatic programs. Ebster, Glenlake and McKoy pools will be open from May 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 1. See page 4 for regular and post-season hours. Pools are managed by Dynamo Pool Management, Inc. For more information on general pool operations, swim lessons, pool rentals, the Gators swim team or to make suggestions regarding aquatic programming, call Jabari Cole, Tennis/Aquatic Services, 404-377-7231. Decatur residents are encouraged to participate in all scheduled activities during the pool season. The aquatic staff looks forward to seeing you at the pool. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Ebster Pool is brand new for the 2014 swim season with eight lanes, a new splash pad, and a renovated pool house. Home of the Decatur Gators Swim Team, Ebster is on W. Trinity Place at the intersection with Atlanta Avenue, next to the Beacon Hill Center, which is under construction.

Glenlake Pool • 1121 Church St. • 404-378-7671 Glenlake is Decatur’s largest and most active pool. It has a new PVC liner and new pump room equipment along with a new sand filter. Glenlake offers a snack area, patio, shade shelter and shallow water for small children. The pool is one block north of Commerce Drive.

McKoy Pool • 534 McKoy St. • 404-378-8084 McKoy Pool is a popular spot for young families. It has a zero entry (beach entry) access pool making it easier for elderly and handicapped residents to use, bubbler features to entertain younger swimmers, and dedicated lap lines that can be scheduled for adultonly lap swimming. Additional parking at 1006 Adams St.

Decatur Swim Passes

Purchase a family pool pass before May 17 and receive four individual guest passes free! Swim Pass

Fee/Nonresident Fee

Individual (3-13 yrs)


Individual (14-59 yrs)


Household (5 or fewer)


Household (5 or more)

$125/$250 + $10 for each additional member

There is a no-refund policy. Rain checks will be issued for inclement weather, contamination and equipment failure only. Pool passes may be purchased at Glenlake Tennis Center or Decatur Recreation Center.

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Decatur Pools

Contact Jabari Cole • 404-377-7231,

General Admission at Decatur Pools

Pool Hours Ebster Pool


Fee/Nonresident Fee

Children 1 and under


2-13 years


14-59 years


60-over Free/$5

Note: Residents must bring proof of residency in the form of a tax bill or utility bill to Glenlake Tennis Center after May 1 or to any pool after May 30 to be issued a City of Decatur residency card. This card should be presented to the front desk attendant and will allow the cardholder to be admitted to the pool at the resident rate. A driver’s license presented to the front desk attendant will not allow entry to the pools at the resident rate. Resident cards do not expire.

Regular Season • May 24-Aug. 3 Public swimming Lap Swimming Gators Swim Team Gators practice

M-F • Noon-5 pm Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm T, Th • 10 am-5 pm (5/30-7/1) M, W, F • Noon-5 pm (5/30-7/1) Sat/Sun • 10 am-close (5/30-7/1) Daily • 10 am-close (7/1-8/1) Mon-Thurs • 4:30-8 pm M, W, F 10 am beginners 11 am advanced

Post-season • Aug. 4-Sept. 1 Public swimming

Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm

Lap Swimming

Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm

Glenlake Pool Regular Season • May 24-Aug. 3 Public swimming

M-F • 10 am-8 pm Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm

Senior Swim

M-F • 9-10 am

Post-season • Aug. 4-Sept. 1 Public swimming

M-F • 4-8 pm Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm

McKoy Pool Regular Season • May 24-Aug. 3 Public swimming

M-F •10 am-8 pm Sat/Sun • 10 am-6 pm

Post-season • Aug. 4-Sept. 1 Public swimming

M-F • 9 am-1 pm Sat • 10 am-6 pm

Pools will close at 6 pm on all holidays – Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

Pool Staff 2014 Jabari Cole, program supervisor, Tennis/ Aquatics Kyle Morton, aquatics director Beth Costello, swim team coach 4


Decatur Pool Guidelines • Large floats or inner tubes are not acceptable because they obstruct the view of the lifeguards. • Water guns, throwing toys or other items that may cause harm are prohibited. Pouring toys and small floating toys for tots are allowed. Safety of items will be determined by the pool staff. • Children may only wear coastguard-approved PFDs with parental supervision. • Patrons swimming with children who wear diapers must use leak-proof baby swimsuits or swim diapers. Swim diapers will be available at the front desk. • Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to the pool and to supervise them closely while they are in the water.

They are also asked to discuss pool safety rules with their children and encourage respect for the rules and staff. All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 14 to be admitted into the pool. • Shallow end of the pool is reserved for children 5 years and younger with an accompanying adult. • No cotton t-shirts or shorts allowed, as cloth fibers clog the pool filters. General information: All registration and reservations for pool rentals, group lessons and private lessons are conducted at Glenlake Tennis Center, 1121 Church St., 404-377-7231.

Group Policies


roups of 12 or more must have a reservation to assure adequate supervision and prevent overcrowding of the pool. To make a reservation contact Aquatics Director Kyle Morton for approval of swim time and an appointment to complete a Group Swim Agreement. Decatur Active Living and Children & Youth Services programs have priority scheduling for group swimming. Call 404-377-7231 for more information. • Youth groups (day care, camps, etc.) must have a 1-to-12 ratio of supervisors/counselors to youth.

group, the ratio of supervisor/counselor to youth must be 1 to 6. • Groups must sign an agreement and: – Come at a scheduled time only – Adhere to staff/child ratios – Provide general supervision of youth – Provide supervision of group belongings – Comply with all pool rules. • Non-swimming counselors are not allowed. • Failure to comply will result in termination of the Group Swim Agreement.

• If there are children under age 5 in the

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Swim Teams

Contact Beth Costello • 404-797-6255,

Pool Events

Neighborhood Associations

Mommy (or Daddy!) and Me

Host your neighborhood meetings at Decatur pools. Meetings can be held during the evenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to make a reservation call 404-377-7231.

Begins June 6 • Fridays at McKoy Pool, 10 am-noon No children over the age of 5 will be allowed in the pool at this time. Toys and activities for young children will be provided. This is not a swim lesson program. No additional cost, just pool entry fees.

July 4th Pool Celebration – Celebrate Decatur July 4 • 3-4:30 pm Celebrate with games, fun and much more. Show your colors by dressing up in red, white and blue. Decatur pools will be decorated.

Special Event Days Starting in June, the aquatics staff will have “Special Event Days” at each of the pools throughout the summer. The event dates and times will be posted a week in advance at each pool. Make sure your family does not miss out on the fun!

How to Reserve a Decatur Pool Decatur pools are rented No. in party 2 hours (Resident/Non-Resident) on a first-come basis. 1-50 $200/$250 They may be reserved 51-75 $250/$300 for private parties June 1-Sept. 3. To rent a pool 76-100 $300/$350 you must fill out a reservation form at least two weeks prior to the rental and pay for the party. Rates listed here vary in price according to the number of people attending the function. The count includes all people walking through the door whether swimming or just watching.

Pools available for rental

Senior Swim Monday-Friday • 9-10 am • Glenlake Pool Free to Residents, $2 Nonresidents Senior adults can enjoy a quiet early morning swim before the pool opens to the public.


Saturday and Sunday, 6:30-8:30 pm


Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6:30-8:30 pm

Refunds or rescheduling will be made available only if the city cancels the party due to inclement weather – lightning, thunder – or when swimmers are unable to get into the pool due to contamination.


Gators Attack the Water! Decatur Gators Swim Team • 4-18 yrs Each child must be able to swim 25 meters of either freestyle or backstroke. Children who cannot swim 25 meters should be enrolled in Mini Gators. The goal of the Mini Gators program is to teach strokes and proper swimming technique so that members can graduate to the Gators swim team before the end of the season. Mini Gators enrollment is strictly limited to 40 participants. If you are unsure whether your child can swim 25 meters, then they should join Mini Gators. A swim test will be available prior to registration. You may also contact Beth Costello at to request a swim test.

Mini Gators • 4-12 yrs The multiple-child discount does not apply to the Mini Gators program since space is limited. For swimmers who want to join the Gators but aren’t able to swim 25 meters, we offer the Mini Gator team. This session will help the swimmer get ready to compete. Participants will not swim in meets until they are able to swim 25 meters and are comfortable in deep water, but they will be able to attend meets and cheer on the Gators. Children must not be afraid of the water and must have no problems placing their entire heads under water. Children must be independent swimmers with the ability to do a basic freestyle. Dog paddling is not considered independent swimming.

Gator Parents – Volunteers Needed!

The Gators need volunteers as timers, judges and scorekeepers. A parents meeting will be held prior to the first meet at Ebster Pool. In case of rain, the meeting will be held in Ebster Gym, 404 W. Trinity Place. For additional Gator information, call 404-377-7231.

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Swim Teams and Camps

For swim teams contact Beth Costello • 404-797-6255, For camps contact Jabari Cole • 404-377-7231,

Swim Camps Designed for Healthy Habits


t swim camp, children can improve their swimming techniques and meet new friends. All camps are led by water safety instructors, who balance instruction with games and free swim. Instructor/camper ratio is 1:6. The fee includes instructor, supplies and snacks.

Tadpoles • 4–6 yrs This water adjustment camp is for children who are unfamiliar with the water and may have a fear of swimming. Basic skills such as going underwater, kicking and arm movement will be covered. Fun games, encouraging instruction, and free swim time with other children in the group will establish positive attitudes towards swimming.

Minnows • 7–12 yrs Children will learn the basic skills of swimming and water safety. Kicking and breathing techniques will be refined. Basic freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke will be covered.

Afternoon Group Lessons

Group swim lessons are offered in the afternoon Monday-Thursday for an hour and a half. A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 children per week.

Water Exploration • 4-6 yrs This afternoon activity is similar to the Tadpoles morning swim camp and is for children who are unfamiliar with the water and may have a fear of swimming. Basic skills such as going underwater, kicking and arm

movement will be covered. Fun games, encouraging instruction, and free swim time with other children in the group will establish positive attitudes towards swimming.

Stroke Training • 7-12 yrs This afternoon activity is similar to the Minnows morning swim camp. Children learn the basic skills of swimming and water safety. Kicking and breathing techniques are refined. Basic freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke are covered.

Private Swim Lessons • 4+ yrs

Swim Camps At-a-Glance Camp

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Glenlake Pool

Tadpoles • 4-6 yrs

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Glenlake Pool

Water Exploration 4-6 yrs

191050-02 (June 9-12) 191050-03 (June 23-26) 191050-04 (July 14-17)

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Glenlake Pool

Stroke Training • 7-12 yrs 191050-05 (June 2-5) 191050-06 (June 16-19) 191050-07 (July 7-10)

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Glenlake Pool

Private swim lessons are held at Glenlake Pool and are offered to children 4 and up and adults at all skill levels. Private lessons provide personal attention as patrons learn to swim. The first lesson begins June 2. Patrons must register one week prior to starting the lessons. Financial assistance is available for Decatur residents. Registration for Swim Lessons begins Monday, May 12, and continues through July 14 at Glenlake Tennis Center, 1121 Church St. The first lesson begins May 27. Registration is limited and offered on a first-come basis. All fees must be paid in full at registration. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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Evening Practice

Swim Meets

Decatur Gators Swim Team 191090-01 M, W, F M-Th T Swim Season: May 5-June 27 10-11 am (beginner) 6-7 pm (beginner) Home Meets: 6-9 pm Practice Begins: May 5 11 am-noon (advanced) 7-8 pm (advanced) at Ebster Pool Mini Gators 191090-02 M-Th Swim Season: May 5-June 27 4:30-5:15 pm Practice Begins: May 5 5:15-6:15 pm 6

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Fee/Nonresident Fee $150/$175 Residents applying for financial assistance must pay a minimum of $25. Second child 25 percent off, 3rd child 50 percent off, 4th child 67 percent off – per family $125/$150


Contact Stacy Green •, 678-553-6549

Time to Bring out the Bat and Glove

Decatur Youth Baseball is Baseball at Its Best Leagues are offered to boys and girls ages 5-12 5-6 yrs • 132010-01 7-8 yrs • 132011-01 9-10 yrs • 132012-01 11-12 yrs • 132013-01 Fee/Nonresident Fee: $110/ $145

Opening Day Parade

Grab your neighbors, your bat, your glove and . . . Come Out and Play Softball

Neighborhood Coed Softball Tournament

Saturday, May 10 • McKoy Park Neighborhood associations and local businesses are welcome to participate in the annual Neighborhood Softball Tournament. Come out and play with your neighbors, eat hot dogs, drink punch and have fun. Teams are coed and must have four women on the field at all times. For more information contact Stacy Green, 678-553-6549, or Lindsey Struck, 678-553-6550.

June 7 • 11 am Starting location: McKoy Park There is no better way to start off the baseball season than with an opening day parade. The parade begins at McKoy Park and continues through the Oakhurst business district, down East Lake Drive and into Oakhurst Park. Needed: Volunteers, parade watchers, organizers, hot dog cookers and convertible vehicles. If you would like to participate and serve on the parade committee contact Stacy Green, 678-553-6549, or Lindsey Struck, 678-553-6550.

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Active Adults and Seniors

Contact Stacy Green •, 678-553-6549 Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559,

Li’l Kickers, Li’l Lax and Mini Soccer


ot a little one who is eager to start playing sports? Decatur Active Living offers these introductory instructional programs for girls and boys ages 3-6. Look for complete registration details in the At-a-Glance table below.

Volunteer coaches are always needed. Please consider volunteering. Registration begins Aug. 9.

Li’l Kickers Soccer • 3-5 yrs

League Soccer 6-11 yrs

A four-week introductory course designed to develop basic soccer skills. Space is limited. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Aug. 9.

Children ages 6-11 will get a kick out of soccer this fall! Coed teams are divided by age groups, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 leagues. All levels and skill ranges are welcome. Participants will have a one-hour practice during the week, beginning the week of Sept. 8. Games will be played on Saturdays starting Sept. 20. Registration begins Aug. 9.

Li’l Lax • 4-6 yrs A four-week introductory course designed to develop basic lacrosse skills. Players learn to scoop, cradle and pass while also gaining knowledge of how to play the game of lacrosse. No equipment is required. Players will receive a lacrosse stick and ball, which they can keep upon conclusion of the clinic. Registration begins Aug. 9.

Mini Soccer • 4-6 yrs Participants have one 30-minute practice and one 30-minute game each week. Everyone gets to play. All games and practices are on Saturday at Glenlake Park. Note: Four year olds must have completed one season of Li’l Kickers.

Youth Flag Football /Middle School Flag Football • 5-12 yrs Decatur Active Living will offer a six-week Flag Football program in the fall for boys and girls ages 5-12. The 5-7 league will enjoy two weeks of basic introduction to the game. Players will then be divided into teams. The 8-12 year olds will have one practice a week. The 5-7 year olds will put their skills to work in weeks 3-6 with a 20-minute practice followed by a 40-minute game. Practices will be held at local fields and games will be held on the Jones Boys and Girls Club field (450 East Lake Dr.). Registration begins Aug. 9.

Athletics At-a-Glance Class Li’l Kickers Soccer • 3-5 yrs Li’l Lax • 4-6 yrs Mini Soccer • 4-6 yrs League Soccer 6-7 yrs 8-9 yrs 10-11 yrs Flag Football 5-7 yrs 8-10 yrs 11-12 yrs

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Practice M/W T/TH M/W T/TH Sat

Games 9/15-10/8

Fee/Nonresident Fee $55/$70

Location Glenlake Park



Glenlake Park

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Sun $110/$145 Sun Sun



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GL-Glenlake Park; RMS-Renfroe Middle School; SLJ-Samuel Jones Boys and Girls Club; WC-Westchester



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Active Adults

Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559,

Lively Pursuits for Active Adults


body. No dance experience is necessary and all levels of fitness are welcome. Class is suitable for seniors. Classes are taught by experienced instructor Jerilynn Bedingfield.

Note: No daytime classes during July because of summer camp. Daytime classes resume in August.

Blending Eastern and Western movement arts, including tai chi, tai kwon do, aikido, yoga and modern dance, Nia creates a unique, non-impact barefoot aerobic workout with an emphasis on the joy of movement. With 30+ years experience as a teacher and entrepreneur, Sandy Bramlett is among the elite Nia black belt teachers.

ll classes are held at the Decatur Recreation Center (DRC) and are priced per month unless otherwise indicated. See the At-a-Glance table on page 11 for complete details about fees, dates, times, etc. Please register in advance at

Active Classes Ageless Grace Learn 21 simple tools for lifelong comfort and ease. Based on the science of neuroplasticity, Ageless Grace is a seated fitness program that improves cardiovascular functioning by working your core, all five areas of the brain, and 21 different “aging factors.” Great for baby-boomers, seniors and people with balance or joint issues or other physical challenges. Instructor: Sandy Bramlett.

Ballet Fit for Beginners Try our new beginner-level Ballet Fit course for a ballet-inspired workout using principles of classical dance to tone and sculpt the

Nia Dance

Playout – Family Fitness Playout is a card game created at Emory University that makes fitness fun. Cards issue challenges for certain combinations of exercises and activities. This is an active living class for the entire family. Fee includes a takehome card game.

Yoga Classes are designed for all levels of yoga students. The chair/mat version allows participants to practice in a chair, on a mat, or both as needed to address and support mobility and healing issues. Monday classes are chair/ mat and Fridays are mat only.

Returning Favorites Aerobic Dance Shape up with LZ Aerobics. Classes include dance exercise and senior aerobics. For more information, visit or call 678380-3861. Registration ongoing.

Aerobics for Seniors Experienced instructors have extensive training and certifications. For more information and to register, call LZ Aerobics, 678-3803861, or visit

Afridancercise This unique body workout combines deep breathing techniques, stretching, and low-

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to-medium aerobics mixed with traditional West African dance steps. Over time, as choreography develops, interested participants may perform at other venues to music provided by professional drummers.

Atlanta Fencers Club • 8 yrs+ Fencing is a European-originated Olympic sport based on the art of sword play. For new students, classes concentrate on providing an enjoyable epee/foil fencing experience, improving physical fitness, and creating the foundation needed to understand and appreciate the sport. More advanced, motivated students can continue studying epee/ foil at a higher level. All participants should dress in loose athletic clothing. Protective equipment is provided.

Body Conditioning A cardio/core and muscle toning class, Body Conditioning builds muscle and boosts your metabolism. This class requires the use of dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, jump ropes, weights and weighted balls. (Modification will be made for persons with limited mobility).

Decatur Stride Walkers Walk yourself into a healthy lifestyle. Join Stride Walkers for a pleasant walk and stressfree exercise. Stride Walkers meet at Decatur Recreation Center at 8 am.

Karate A holistic approach to learning the art of karate. Registration deadline: before the first class of each month. For more information contact Adesi Brown at adesi2274@comcast. net or 404-729-1025



Sign Language (ASL 2) This class is for participants who took ASL 1 or are able to maintain a basic conversation in ASL. The class teaches students more complex sentence structure. Contact Adesi Brown, or 404729-1025.

Tai Chi-Qigong This class is for beginners to intermediate students. Emphasis will be on the health and longevity benefits of an ongoing Tai Chi practice. Goals could be improved balance, reduced blood pressure, improved self-esteem, increased energy, improved breathing. To register, contact the instructor, Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071 or sdorage@

Walk with a Doc Our free active walking class offers 1-, 2-, 3and 4-mile options. In inclement weather, we walk indoors on the elevated walking track. A professional joins us each week to chat as we walk and answer casual questions about hot topics in the active adult aging population. These guests represent fields such as optometry, dentistry, neurology, naturopathy, orthopedics, fire and rescue, veterinary, reiki, nutrition, psychiatry, pediatrics, and horticultural and gardening therapy.

Zumba Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio dance workout in which you will burn 300 calories or more depending on how much you exert yourself. Have fun dancing while toning and sculpting your body with instructor Ina Claggette.

Enrichment Classes Active Living Lunch and Learn Series 4th Fridays • 11:30 am Health and wellness professionals will speak on issues relevant to the aging community. Bring a brown bag lunch, put it in the fridge, attend your senior aerobics class and enjoy an informative 30-minute talk after class on fourth Fridays. No need to register. Monthly topics are: • Simply Delicious Cooking Philosophy • Ageless Grace and Balancing Act • Music Therapy for Caregivers • Nutrition 101 • Plan to Plate: Frugal Fresh Shopping • Vertigo, Dizziness, and Balance Issues • Caregivers Program

Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Information Series Kick Off: What is Normal Aging? Thursday • May 15• 6:30 pm The Decatur Lifelong Community Advisory Board kicks off a monthly Third Thursday series of informative talks on a wide variety of topics related to making Decatur a place to live throughout your lifetime. How do you know when forgetting something is the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, or just a part of normal aging? Through this presentation, you will learn the risks of AD, the signs of cognitive decline, and have the myths debunked. For further information, contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Coordinator, at or 678-553-6548.

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Active Adults and Youth

Contact Tracie Sanchez • 678-553-6559, • Lee Williams • 678-553-6551,

New! Classes

Capoeira Maculele Decatur • 8 yrs+ This 400-year-old martial art has more to offer than your run-of-the-mill karate class. Capoeira builds strong bodies, strong character, and a strong family. Benefits of Capoeira: • Get in shape: The beginner class pace is great even if you haven’t worked out in ages • Burn calories: Capoeira will give you a great

workout while having a lot of fun • Learn something new and cultural: Capoeira is more than just a great workout

Hip Hop Dance • 6-17 yrs Dancers Unleashed is a premier dance program designed to unleash the inner dancer in kids. We offer hip hop technique, jazz, drill

team and beginner acrobatics. We cater to all skill levels from competitive to just for fun. Auditions for our competition hip hop/drill and jazz team will take place throughout the summer with the first workshop/audition Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 am.

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Active Living Lunch Drop-in 11:30 am 4th Fri May-August Free Various and Learn Aerobic Dance 9-10 am M/W/F 6/9-8/15 $75/$80 2 days; or Bobbie Elzey 5:30-6:30 pm M/W $80/$85 unlimited; or $70/$75 seniors Aerobics for Seniors 10:15-11:30 am M/W/F 6/9-8/15 $2/$3 class Bobbie Elzey Afridancercise 144010-07 Noon M/W May-August $15/$20 Mrs. Nashid Ageless Grace 144010-51 Noon Tu/Th May-August $32/$40 Sandy Bramlett Atlanta Fencers Club • 8 yrs+ 342010-05 (May); Adult • 7:30-8:45 pm T May-August $75/$90 Anthony DuBose 142010-01 (June); -02 (July); Youth (8-17 yrs)• 6-7:30 pm -03 (August); Ballet Fit for Beginners 144010-44 9:30 am Tu May-August $40/ $55 Jerilynn Beddingfield Body Conditioning 143010-05 6-7 pm T 6/17-8/5 $65/$85 Brenda Roberts- $10/$15 walk-in Claggette Capoeira Maculele • 8 yrs+ Register by phone 404-578-7386 7:45 pm T Begins June 3 $65/$80 Dandhara da Silva or email Hip Hop Dance • 6-17 yrs Register by phone 404-805-0458 6:30-7:30 M $55/$70 individual Tiffany Anderson or email 2-3:45 pm Sat $70/$85 for 2 siblings Karate (Family) 342010-32 (May); 6:30-8 pm M/W May-August $40/$55 individual; or Adesi Brown 142010-01 (June); -02 (July) $50/$65 2 persons; or -03 (August) $60/$75 3 persons Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Drop-in 6:30 pm 3rd Thursday Ongoing starting May 15 Nia Dance 144010-46 7:15-8:30 pm Tu/Th May-August $80/$95 (2 months) Sandy Bramlett Playout Family Fitness Drop-in 6 pm Fr May-August $15/$30 Staff Sign Language (II) Register by phone 404-729-1025 6:30-8 pm Th May-August $250/$275 Adesi Brown Simply Delicious Register at 7-9 pm 1st Tu May-August $30 /$40 class Andrea Zoppa 3rd Tu Stridewalkers Drop-in 8-10 am Tu/Th May-August Free/$2 Reggie Howze Table Tennis (Open Play) Drop-in 7-9:30 pm Th May-August Free/$2 Charlie Slater Drop-in 10 am-2 pm Sun Tai Chi 4 L.I.F.E. Register by phone 404-617-0071 9-10:30 am S May-August $45/$60 Steve Dorage 6-7:30 pm M $13/$18 walk-in Walk with a Doc Drop-in 11 am W May-August Free Staff Yoga (chair/mat) 144010-49 2:30 pm M May-August $40/$55 Mariam Gilmer Zumba 143010-06 6-7 pm Th 6/17-8/7 $65/$85; $10/$15 walk-in Ina Claggette

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Contact Nancy Brune • 404-378-1082,

Decatur’s 2014-2015 After-School Programs: Adventures in STEAM In the 2014-15 school year Decatur’s after-school programs will explore a theme based on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The Children and Youth Services Division (CYS) offers eight after-school programs in all five K-3rd elementary schools, the Decatur Recreation Center, Fifth Avenue 4/5 Academy, and Renfroe Middle School. The programs offer age-appropriate, enriching activities that take learners outside the classroom to explore interests and experiences that promote individual development. The choice-based program format allows for youth-directed experiences through a range of offerings intended to enhance healthy lifestyle choices, socioemotional learning, creative expression, technology competencies, and a range of other 21st-century skills. Decatur operates three tiers of afterschool programming – Animal Crackers for K-3rd graders, Whiz Kids for 4th/5th graders, and Project REAL for 6th-8th graders. The

Parents, are you new to Decatur’s after-school programs? Please visit the After School Programs section of cys to find forms and instructions for new families. 12


programs are developed in collaboration with City Schools of Decatur, with coordinated curriculum related to technology, tutoring for students needing additional academic support, fine arts and enrichment activities, physical activity, healthy food choices, and socio-emotional development.

Programs Animal Crackers provides age-appropriate activities in an open choices environment including daily opportunities for enrichment, social skills building, and physical activity. The Whiz Kids program at Fifth Avenue 4/5 Academy promotes higher-level skills and activities appropriate for 4th and 5th graders. At Whiz Kids our 4th and 5th graders have ample opportunity to take leadership roles and challenge themselves

to try a wide variety of new things. Project REAL (Recreation, Enrichment, Athletics and Learning) at Renfroe Middle School engages youth in group and individual experiences relevant to the middle school experience. Project REAL offers a range of choices from technology to sports to food projects to group activities of all sorts especially designed for middle schoolers. Fridays feature youth-directed activities, service learning projects, and special events. Program sessions cover 20 school days.

Parent Orientation Parent orientation for after-school programs will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m., at Decatur Recreation Center. Join us to meet site directors and administrative staff members, receive a Parent Handbook and a program overview. All after-school programs open on the first day of school.

After-School Programs At-a-Glance After-School Program

Registration Fee

Full Registration Fee/Nonresident Fee

Animal Crackers, Grades K-3 $35 $310/$335 (M-F) Hours: M-F, dismissal to 6:15 pm Whiz Kids, Grades 4-5 $35 $310/$335 (M-F) Hours: M-F, dismissal to 6:15 pm Project REAL, Grades 6-8 $35 $220/$245 (M-F) Hours: M-F, dismissal to 6:15

Part-time Registration Fee/Nonresident Fee $75/$85 one day/week $150/$170 two days/week $225/$255 three days/week $300/$335 four days/week $75/$85 one day/week $150/$170 two days/week $225/$255 three days/week $300/$335 four days/week $55/$65 one day/week $110/$130 two days/week $165/$195 three days/week

• Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at

Location(s) Clairemont, Glennwood, Oakhurst, Westchester Winnona Park, Decatur Recreation Center Fifth Avenue 4th/5th Academy

Renfroe Middle School


Contact Nancy Brune • 404-378-1082,

Lottery Spin and Registration Lottery registration for the 2014-15 school year closed on April 25. The lottery spin is scheduled for May 2. Families may check their registration status online via WebTrac. Children and Youth Services will contact families by May 17 to confirm registration status.

Missed the Lottery? If you missed lottery registration, open registration begins May 12 at 10 am. New households will need to complete and return an After School 2014-15 registration form for each child in order to generate a household identification number in our registration system. Forms available at on the After School Programs page. Forms should be returned to the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., next to the public library. Please allow five business days for processing new household paperwork. A household ID number is needed for use of the online registration system (WebTrac) at

Waiting Lists In recent years, the elementary school sites (K-3 and 4-5) have filled up before the start of school. If space is available, K-3rd graders are eligible for their school-based Animal Crackers program as well as the Decatur

Recreation Center Animal Crackers program at 231 Sycamore St. When programs are full, children will be placed on a waiting list for the desired program(s). If space is available at the DRC program, children may attend DRC Animal Crackers and also remain on the waitlist for the desired school-based program. As spaces open during the course of the year, CYS will contact families in the order in which they appear on the waitlist for the respective program. Please make sure CYS has current contact information for your family. To be added to the waiting list you must: 1. Complete steps to generate a household ID number in RecTrac through the Decatur Recreation Center (original forms only please; proof of residency required for resident fees). 2. Use WebTrac or contact CYS or Active Living staff to add your child to the desired waiting lists. We have no way to anticipate chances of gaining entry to programs based on waiting lists. Enrollment patterns differ by school and shift substantially from year to year. CYS will contact you when space becomes available for your child/ren in an after-school program.

All-Day Camps CYS offers all-day activities for children grades K-8 on teacher work days and week-long breaks. This allows parents to be at work and gives children a day with friends from other after-school sites. Children not enrolled in the after-school program are eligible to attend all-day camps. Registration is limited.

Animal Crackers Camp Grades K-3 Children (K-3) meet and play at Decatur Recreation Center, 7:30 am-6 pm. Each day has a special theme. Children bring a lunch from home. Drinks and snacks are provided. Fee/ Nonresident Fee: $35/40 per day

Big Kids Camp • Grades 4-8 Students (4th-8th) meet at Decatur Recreation Center and proceed on a field trip or participate in a service learning project that day, 7:30 am-6 pm. Lunch and a snack are included in the cost of camp. Fee/Nonresident Fee: $45/$50 per day

Decatur offers more than 100 different camp sessions this summer and spaces are filling up fast! Camps take place during the day and are offered in half- and full-day sessions. Extended hours are available for an additional fee at select camps. To plan your summer, pick up a copy of the March 2014 Playbook or download it from the city’s website via the Playbook link on the Active Living or Children and Youth Services pages of the site. Summer Day Camps include McKoy Safari Camp for rising K-5th graders, Glenlake Discovery Camp for rising K-5th graders, Ebster Explorer Camp for rising K-5th graders, and D.R.E.A.M. Camp for rising 6th-8th graders. Summer Special Interest Camps focus on a particular area of interest for the entire camp day. These include sports, aquatics and enrichment camps offered throughout the summer. Some examples of interest areas include tennis, fencing, basketball, football, chess, sculpture, Spanish language and culture, Lego robotics, cartooning, photography, Shakespeare, and much, much more. Special Interest Camps require a minimum enrollment. Camps are cancelled two weeks before the start date if enrollment requirements are not met. Be sure to register by May 17 to ensure that your favorite June camps will happen this summer! Fees for all May and June camps are due in full by May 3. Fees for all July camps are due in full by June 7. After May 3 for May and June camps and after June 7 for July camps fees are due in full at the time of registration. Camp registration is available online via WebTrac. Visit webtrac to find a link to WebTrac. Have your household ID and password and a Visa or MasterCard to register online.

Limited financial assistance for after-school programs and summer camps is available on a sliding scale for residents who demonstrate a need.

MAY MAY2014 2014•• Playbook


Decatur’s Parks and Greenspaces


ecatur has 56.5 acres of city parks, including large recreational areas with pavilions, active greenspaces, and small neighborhood parks and greenspaces. Parks make life better for all of us in many ways – a cleaner environment, increased safety, healthier people, a strong sense of community and economic development.

Adair Park

perfect place for a walk or some quiet time on a sunny day.

1121 Church St. The renovated 17-acre park has picnic tables, grills and trash receptacles, swimming pool and pool house, picnic pavilion, and a tennis center with five courts. There is a small upper field and a lower youth baseball field, basketball/volleyball court, playground area, and an enclosed dog park for Decatur residents and their pets. Explore the adult fitness zone, which offers a variety of exercise equipment.

Ebster Park

918 S. McDonough St. (Griffin Circle) Located across the street from the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, this greenspace offers a variety of native plants, a winding path and benches for sitting.

534 McKoy St. McKoy Park has a nine-acre neighborhood recreational area with a 330-foot baseball field that is fenced and lighted. There is a picnic pavilion with restrooms, a concession/scoring building, and the renovated McKoy Pool, which has zero-depth entry and water features. The park also has a basketball court, a playground area, a greenspace for games, picnic tables with grills and trash receptacles, an outdoor classroom with seat walls, and a skate park. There are two separate parking areas. Concrete walkways connect the site features. McKoy is home to Decatur High School’s varsity baseball team and the Decatur Active Living adult softball programs.

Hidden Cove Park

Mead Road Park

404 W. Trinity Place (Under construction) A large multipurpose field is a key feature of this five-acre neighborhood recreational facility. There is a pool house with swimming pool, basketball courts and a playground area. Recent additions include a small pavilion with tables and grills. Decatur Active Living youth sports and Decatur High School athletic programs use the field. The park shares a parking lot with Ebster Center and City Schools of Decatur.


Glenlake Park

Adair Street This four-acre neighborhood recreational facility is home to the Mary Gay House, Swanton House and a historic log cabin, and is the site of Decatur’s annual Heritage Festival. There are numerous trees throughout the park and picnic tables with trash receptacles available for public use. There is also a playground area and a dog park. Adair Park is a beautiful addition to the Swanton Heights and Lenox Place communities. Street parking only.


Griffin Park/Rev Roy Moss Garden

758 Scott Blvd. The Westchester community has worked hard to preserve and beautify the three-acre park by planting native plants and building a nature trail along the creek running through the park. Located behind Westchester Elementary. Adorned with trees and nature’s wonders, Hidden Cove Park is the

McKoy Park

175 Mead Rd. Located on .75 acre of land adjacent to Oakhurst School, the park offers a large, open grassy area, play structure, a basketball court and three shaded picnic tables. Parking is available in the Oakhurst School parking lot during out-of-school hours.

• Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at

Decatur City Parks

Contact Jabari Cole • 404-377-7231,

Glenlake Dog Park, in Glenlake Park, above the large field. Limited parking near the tennis center and at the Norris Street lot. Fence and natural boundaries. Oakhurst Dog Park, next to the Boys and Girls Club, 450 East Lake Dr., is completely enclosed with fencing. Parking is available in the Third Avenue lot. No parking in the Boys and Girls Club or Oakhurst Presbyterian Church lots. No dogs allowed on the Boys and Girls Club property. Note: Please report dog park concerns to Jabari Cole, program supervisor, Decatur Active Living, 404-377-7231, or

Pavilion Rental/Fee Information

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Glenlake, McKoy and Oakhurst pavilions are available for rental. Pavilions can be rented for picnics, weddings, birthday parties, class reunions, family reunions and graduations. The fees for Glenlake Pavilion are $100/$50 (Decatur resident) for the first two hours and $20/$12.50 (Decatur resident) for each additional hour. Oakhurst and McKoy pavilions are $80/$40 (Decatur resident) for the first two hours and $20/$10 (Decatur resident) each additional hour. Oakhurst and McKoy pavilions can be rented from March through November, while Glenlake Pavilion can be rented year round. Parties of 75 or more will be charged an additional $10 per hour for cleanup fees. Contact Jabari Cole, 404-377-7231, or

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231 Sycamore St. Located directly behind Decatur Recreation Center and adjacent to the Decatur Library, Scott Park is the perfect place to stop by and let the kids play on the play structure, take a walk through the community garden or have a picnic under the huge shade tree in the middle of the park. The four acres of Scott Park are surrounded by gardens planted by residents and Master Gardener volunteers. Two lighted tennis courts are available for rental. Parking is available in the library/ recreation center parking deck.

Adair Dog Park, in Adair Park. Easy access from Trinity Place near the DeKalb History Center’s historic complex. Limited street parking only. Pleases respect the property of homeowners. Fence and natural boundaries.

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307 Feld Ave. This eight-acre neighborhood recreational facility has two multipurpose fields and two buildings that include a picnic pavilion with restrooms and a concession/scoring building. There are two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court and a newly installed playground area. The park has two separate parking areas with walkways connecting the site features. Oakhurst Park is home to Decatur Active Living-youth sports baseball and girls softball and Agnes Scott and DHS women’s softball. The Oakhurst Dog Park is on East Lake Drive, adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club.

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Adair Park • Adair St. Ebster Park • 404 W. Trinity Pl. Glenlake Park • 1121 Church St. Griffin Park • 918 S. McDonough St. Hidden Cove • 758 Scott Blvd. McKoy Park • 534 McKoy St. Mead Rd. Park • 175 Mead Rd. Oakhurst Park • 307 Feld Ave. Scott Park • 231 Sycamore St. Waddell Park • Great Lakes Note: Ebster Park under construction.

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Special Events • Weather Tips Contact Cheryl Burnette • 678-553-6541,

Kid’s Arts Festival Saturday, May 24 • 10 am-2 pm Decatur Recreation Center Arts and crafts, storytellers, clowns, food, music and teen activities. Information at

Georgia State Championships of Cornhole

Friday, June 13 • 6 pm-10 pm • Decatur Square Saturday, June 14 • 8 am-11 pm • Decatur Recreation Center The American Cornhole Organization (ACO) will host its inaugural ACO Georgia State Championships of Cornhole Saturday, June 14 at the Decatur Recreation Center. ACO officials expect as many as 200 people in attendance for the first-ever ACO Georgia State Championships. The community is invited to participate in activities on Friday evening on the Decatur Square. Partners for the event include Discover DeKalb, City of Decatur and Go Kickball. For more information, go to

Dates to Remember May 2 After School Lottery Spin for 2014-15 May 3 Fees due for all May and June camps May 12

Open registration for After School 2014-15 resumes

May 24 Children’s Arts Festival May 26

City of Decatur Pools Open

June 7 Fees due for all July camps Opening Day Youth Baseball and Parade June 13 &14 Georgia State Championships of Cornhole June 20 Decatur Beach Party July 4 Parade and Fireworks/Holiday (Pools open, city buildings closed) July 15 Team Decatur Kick-off July 29

Parent Orientation for After School 2014-15

Aug. 4 First day of 2014-15 school and After School year Aug. 9 16


Decatur Beach Party

Friday, June 20 • 5-11 pm Decatur brings in 60 tons of sand and turns the square into a beach for this annual event. Activities include children’s boardwalk games, face painting and more. Tickets are $7 in advance at or $10 at the gate. Children 18 and under, $5. All children’s activities are included in the price of admission.

Decatur Book Festival

Friday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Aug. 31 The annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch nine years ago, more than 1,000 world class authors and hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur Square and Recreation Center to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, parades and much more. For more information visit

Stay Safe During Thunderstorms Severe thunderstorms can produce large hail, high winds, downpours, tornadoes and dangerous lightning. Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon or evening. So when you are in city parks or other outdoor places, be careful.

Receiving CodeRed Warnings Decatur’s CodeRed Emergency Notification System is a

Receiving CodeRed Warnings Decatur’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a telephone communication service that quickly notifies citizens of emergency situations requiring immediate action. All city of Decatur residential phone numbers in the AT&T system are currently included in the CodRED database. To register go to

Soccer/Flag Football Registration • Decatur Active Living • Children and Youth Services • Register online at

Decatur Active Living Playbook, May 2014  

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