Story Author: Horace Holloman
Story from The Champion Newspaper
July is National Parks and Recreation Month and DeKalb County officials said they consider DeKalb’s parks to be some of the best in Georgia.
During a DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meetings, Director of DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Chuck Ellis received a Proclamation from the CEO and Board of Commissioners.
Ellis, along with children who participate in DeKalb camps and programs, was presented with the proclamation July 10.
“We have such a dedicated staff here and I truly enjoy working with them,” Ellis said. “There are so many things to do at our parks and we have great resources here. I think we have some of the most remarkable trails in the country.”
DeKalb County has several multi-use trails for pedestrians and cyclists, including Stone Mountain Trail, Arabia Mountain Trail, South River Trail and South Fork Peachtree Creek Trail.
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will also host several events during National Parks and Recreation Month.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson said the parks and recreation department is essential to county residents.
“It’s about wellness and how we work together,” Johnson said. “I tell people all the time that the parks and recreation department have an impact on the quality of life [in DeKalb]. You can go there, exercise, hangout. You can just do a whole lot of things.”
Each Tuesday in July, DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host a movie night. On July 24, Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown at Mason Mill Park in Decatur. On July 31, A Wrinkle in Time will play at Browns Mill Aquatic Center. Both events are free admission and begin at 8:30 p.m.
“We have a terrific parks system and the best is yet to come,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of things planned and our CEO [Michael Thurmond] is working on a grand plan to make things happen in our area, but we couldn’t do this without the citizens of DeKalb County.
Thank you for investing in the parks and making a difference.”
At 10 a.m. on July 21 DeKalb’s parks and recreation department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hairston Park in Stone Mountain.
The Masonic Lodge and Eastern Stars will also host a school supply giveaway event July 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gresham Recreation Center.
For a full list of events in DeKalb during National Parks and Recreation Month, visit https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks/parks-and-recreation-month-calendar.