City Commission Meetings 

  • Monday, July 20; 7:30 pm
  • Monday, August 3; 7:30 pm
  • Monday, August 17; 7:30pm

Don’t forget! The City Commission meetings are now streaming live. To access the streaming video option, visit and click on City Government, City Commission, Streaming Video.

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival will be put on hold until 2016 – Oakhurst Streetscapes are not scheduled to be complete until November or December of this year. The OAMF will return in 2016.  If anyone wants to be a part of the committee for the 2016 festival, please contact either Linda Harris or Angie Macon to be included in the planning. ( or

The Decatur Arts Alliance will be working with the Oakhurst neighborhood in planning for next year and is also working with the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association to “re-furbish” the community Decatur My Neighborhood mural that was completed in the early 1990s. More news to come about this and other arts happenings in Harmony Park.

Friday, July 17, 2015; 6:30pm

Decatur Recreation Center

Third Friday Bike ride at Decatur Rec

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a fun, all levels ride around Decatur neighborhoods. The ride is 5-6 miles in length and no one will be left behind. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments and to get to know each other. 

Clarence will be our ride leader this month. No ride if raining. Parking is available behind the Library and we are just a short half block from MARTA Rapid Rail. Helmets are required. 

Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Decatur is a series of 32 miniature secret doors created by 24 local artists.

Inspired by “fairy doors” that first appeared around the world more than 100 years ago, the artists set out to create bits of whimsy for discovery in unexpected places all around Decatur.

Organized by Decatur artist Larry Holland, the project is funded by a Seed Grant from the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Visit for a mobile-friendly guide to all 32 installations.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Building Standards Training

The City of Decatur is hosting a training session about the new High Performance Building Standards on July 21st.  All interested residents, construction professionals, and real estate professionals are invited to attend. RSVP is not required.

Building Standards Training

Date: July 21, 2015
Location: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030
Time: 4:30pm – Contractors

6pm – Residents, Business Owners, Real Estate Professionals

What is the High Performance Building Standard?

This new standard requires any newly constructed residential and commercial buildings as well as some commercial renovations to be certified under an existing green building program starting in November, 2015. Under the new standards, contractors and property owners will be able to choose which program they wish to use, and the certification level that works for them. The standard to be applied to residential substantial improvements will follow in the winter of 2016.

Options for certification include:

National Green Building Standard-ICC 700-2012;

Any Level LEED for Homes;

Any Level Earthcraft Certification

Green Globes

When is the training?

Specialized contractor training will be offered at 4:30 pm in the first floor Community Room at the Public Works Building located at 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030. This training will outline the permitting and inspections requirements, discuss different project types that must obtain certification, and review the allowable green building certification programs.
Any residents, real estate professionals or business owners interested in these standards are encouraged to attend a meeting following the contractor training at 6:00 pm.  This meeting will be a similar presentation aimed specifically at the property owners requirements and expectations.

More Information:

>Unified Development Ordinance

>10.1.6 High Performance Building Standards

>Hotline for Questions: 404-604-3674

* Hotline managed by Southface Energy Institute on behalf of the City of Decatur 


Kathryn Lovda, Southface Energy Institute

Voice: (404) 604-3594

Tuesday, July 21; 5:30-9:30 pm

Global Growers Pop up at Chai Pani

Chai Pani and Global Growers are joining up for a night of delicious collaboration.

+ Chai Pani Chef Daniel Peach will prepare regionally-inspired dishes utilizing Global Growers’ produce, reflecting the culture in our cuisine.

+ The Chai Pani bar is coming up with a new cocktail that features herbs from our Pollinator Gardens.

+ Half of cocktail proceeds and 15% of dinner purchase prices support Global Growers!

Help us spread the word, and mark your calendars for this great event!

Saturday, July 25; 10am-12 noon; Woodlands Gardens; 900 Scott Blvd, Decatur

Trees 101 – led by City Arborist, India Woodson

Trees give us shade, clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, and beautify our landscapes. The City of Decatur recognizes that all of us can contribute greatly to the health and structural integrity of these living treasures if we are empowered to recognize common problems and take proactive steps. Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.

When: 10:00 am- 12 Noon  Saturday July 25, 2015

Where: Woodlands Gardens, 920 Scott Blvd, Decatur, GA 30030

How much: FREE (for 20 City of Decatur homeowners only)

How to sign up: Email India Woodson at with your name, address and contact information (must have email response with seat number from me for verification)

City of Decatur Tree Ordinance Overview:  This session will explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.

Tree Identification: The first step in taking proper care of your trees is to know what you have. Decatur Trees 101 will guide you through the steps on how to develop an inventory of what is on your property. You will also learn the basic characteristics of trees that will help you identify the species of trees that you have.

Tree Planting and Maintenance: This information session will teach you how to choose the right species for your landscape and feel confident that you are planting it in a way that ensures success. If you have planted trees that are struggling with the transition to their new home, learn what it takes to direct your trees toward long productive lives.

Structural Pruning: Also known as ‘formative’ pruning, this method of care can provide surprising benefits. Decatur Trees 101 can take the mystery out of this technique and show you how easy it is to work pruning into your tree maintenance plan

Tree Walks (TBD): Get to know your local trees while getting to know your community. We will introduce the trees to you by name and explain the distinguishing features that make each species unique. These events are

Saturday, July 25; 11am-7pm

City of Decatur to host Slide the City!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Decatur Business Association, the DBA along with the City of Decatur has decided to shake up our traditional summer event, the Decatur Beach Party, and make a huge SPLASH this summer. For one day only, there will be a 1000 foot long water slide in the middle of W. Ponce de Leon Ave, stetching from Clairemont down just past Ponce de Leon Place.

This amazing event is produced a by a professional event company called Slide the City which has brought this wildslide to cities such as Salt Lake City, Boise, Fountain Hills, and Ft. Lauderdale.  Decatur will be the only metro Atlanta city to host this event which will bring Decatur thousands of visitors and tons of foot traffic.

The Decatur Business Association and the Community and Economic Development department are committed to helping both businesses and residents prepare for this event and make it fun and beneficial for everyone.

When is it?  Saturday, July 25th (The event times are 11am-7pm but the street will be closed from 5am-midnight for set-up and break down)

Will the street be totally closed? Yes. We will close W. Ponce de Leon from Clairemont Ave all the way to Fairview Ave. The Slide itself will end in front of Jimmy Johns but  people in the 335 W. Ponce building will be able to get in and out of the parking deck.

How many people are expected to participate?  6000 tickets would be a sell out but this event tends to bring a lot of spectators who will be happy to eat, shop, and just watch the fun from the sidewalks.

How do people purchase tickets? Through the Slide the City website and on the day of the event. Prices range from $10-$50, depending on the type of ticket you purchase     (

Is there an age or height limit? All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Will this be in addition to the Beach Party in June?  No, we want to put all of our resources toward making this THE big summer event. We expect to bring the Beach Party back next summer.

Saturday, August 1; 10am-3pm

Agnes Scott College


Did you boogie down at May’s danceDanceDANCE!? Then you won’t want to miss FIGMENT Decatur Saturday, Aug. 1, a participatory art event from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Agnes Scott College campus. This is the first ever FIGMENT in the state of Georgia.

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.

Monday, August 3, 2015

City Schools of Decatur – first day of school!

We have lots of walkers and riders to school who use our sidewalks. Please remember to check to see if some of your bushes, trees, hedges, etc. need trimming to allow for complete access on our sidewalks. Keep our Safe Routes to School safe and clear!


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