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Lots of Decatur parks to explore during Parks and Rec Month

6/28/2013, 6 a.m.

July is Parks and Recreation Month, and the city of Decatur wants residents to show parks some love.

It is encouraging them to explore its 10 parks and three dog parks by visiting a park they haven’t been to before, taking photos of themselves enjoying the park, and sending them in to be posted on the blog www.beactivedecatur.com or post them on the Decatur Active Living Facebook page and expound on why they love Decatur’s parks.

Here are some tips to celebrate parks:

n Visit Glenlake Park and work out in the great outdoors on the adult exercise equipment. Then take a stroll through the Decatur Cemetery. Pick up a Cemetery Walking Tour map from the cemetery office or Decatur Visitors Center and learn about the many historical figures buried there.

n Bring your binoculars to your favorite park or greenspace and look (and listen) for birds. Visit www.allaboutbirds.org for information on identifying birds.

n Watch softball games and youth baseball games at Oakhurst Park Monday through Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or watch adult softball games at McKoy Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m.

n Celebrate the Fourth of July at a city of Decatur pool. Afterward, join the annual Pied Piper Parade and wind your way through downtown Decatur. Lineup is at the First Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m., and the parade begins at 6 followed by music from the Callanwolde Band at 7 and fireworks at dark. For more information, visit www

.decaturga.com.

n Join Bike Decatur’s July Mobile Social on July 13. Meet at the Church Street MARTA station at 6:30 p.m. for a leisurely five-mile ride through Decatur’s neighborhoods. All levels are welcome.

n Join the Get Active! Team Decatur Kickoff. On July 22, attend the Kaiser Permanente Get Active! Atlanta and Team Decatur kickoff event at the newly renovated Decatur Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m. that includes Mayor Jim Baskett and race director and Olympian Jeff Galloway. There will be a free Health and Fitness Expo featuring local businesses and offering information on getting and keeping fit, nutrition, and opportunities to participate in fun fitness activities as well as drawings for prizes and information on registering for the run/walk. Participate in Zumba, Jazzercise and NIA Dance. Bring the whole family.

For more information, visit www.decatur

ga.com/activeliving or www.beactivedecatur

.com.