Renovated Recreation Center at Heart of Partnership with City of Decatur
Beloved Decatur Recreation Center Re-opens; Provides Convenient New Meal Pick up Location for GMM
The $6.2 million renovation of The City of Decatur’s Decatur Recreation Center is complete! The project, which fully restored the facility originally built in 1957, created a great deal of excitement in the community and beyond. So much so that President Obama chose it as the backdrop to promote his initiative to expand government-funded early childhood education programs.
The centerpiece of the renovation is the gymnasium, which was updated with a beautiful new floor, an elevated walking track and new bleachers. Mayor Jim Baskett christened the facility and announced that the updated gymnasium would be dedicated to former Mayor Bill Floyd, and affectionately called “The Bill”.
The city took a very green approach to the renovation. A portion of the old bleachers was re-purposed and used in the walls and ceilings of the front lobby, and material from the old floor was recycled and made into tables.
Other updates on the main floor include an open lobby area, upgraded meeting rooms, a new multi-use studio and a beautifully revamped kitchen. It’s now a large teaching kitchen that will allow for healthy cooking classes and demonstrations geared to youth, seniors and families. Open Hand and Good Measure Meals‘ Registered Dietitians and Chefs are excited about the opportunity to partner with the City of Decatur to provide our community nutrition programs in the new space.
The facility, which now houses the Decatur Active Living and Children and Youth Services under one roof, increased it’s overall footprint from about 26,000 square feet to 34,400 square feet with the addition of a third floor. The project also added a covered area outdoors to accommodate more bicycle parking — a plus for transit riders using the nearby Decatur MARTA station.
Decatur Recreation Center | 231 Sycamore St., Decatur | (404) 377-0494