Decatur Parks and Recreation
610 4th Avenue, SE • Decatur, Alabama 35601
P. O Box 1315 • Decatur, Alabama 35602
Decatur Parks and Recreation is a department of the local municipal government operated by a permanent, full-time staff with the assistance of a volunteer citizens advisory board. Board appointments are made by the City Council for a term of five years.
The Parks and Recreation Department operates four recreation community centers, one outdoor and one indoor swimming pool, 28 parks that include 19 developed playgrounds, 44 lighted tennis courts, walking trails, a splash pad, and numerous lighted and unlighted softball and baseball fields. In addition, the department operates Wilson Morgan Softball Complex, Jimmy Johns Tennis Complex, Jack Allen Recreation Complex, and Point Mallard Park. The Jack Allen Recreation Complex is the newest facility and boasts an award-winning 27-acre laser-graded and irrigated soccer/football venue with sub-grade drainage and television-quality lighting.
The Decatur City Cemetery is also operated and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department is associated with the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and the American Parks and Recreation Society (APRS).
It is the mission of Decatur Parks and Recreation to provide high quality recreation and leisure facilities, park programs and activities, to meet the demonstrated needs of all citizens who reside within the city through sound planning, efficient allocation of resources and effective management.
We reached a milestone this past Monday, the 16th, by surpassing the 20,000 visitor mark for the year for all types of Old State Bank tours and events sponsored at our facility! I believe this to be a record annual attendance for our city’s symbol.
It is very appropriate that a group from First Grace child care at First United Methodist Church here in Decatur actually broke the record! The First Grace kids come very often in their pushed buggies to explore the grounds and fountains and sometimes to come into the bank as well! Although we only count their attendance once per week per attendee, they are actually here enjoying themselves almost daily!
Today we also had our first visitor from New Jersey. We now lack only visitors from Nebraska, South Dakota, New Mexico and Hawaii to give us visitors from all 50 states! Additionally, we have had guests from DC, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. Our magnificent history as a city is like a magnet drawing the interest of many people! Come and join us where the tours are FREE!
David Breland, Director
Historic Resources and Events
City of Decatur, AL