Hampton Inn Construction To Begin

The latest Decatur Focus announces that the new hotel on Clairemont is on its way…

Downtown Decatur is getting another hotel. Anyone who has tried to book a room recently at the Decatur Marriott Courtyard knows how frequently it is full. Decatur’s proximity to downtown Atlanta, Emory and CDC, easy access to the Atlanta airport on MARTA and the ability to walk to a number of local retail and restaurant options continue to attract a growing number of visitors to our city.

The new 132-room Hampton Inn and Suites will allow Decatur to host more medium-size conferences at the city-owned conference center. The conference center has enough meeting space but there aren’t enough available hotel rooms to allow it to be used to its full capacity. Building permits for the new hotel have been approved and construction should begin this month.

City arborist Kay Evanovich worked closely with the hotel owner to arrange to have 17 trees relocated from the hotel site to Glenlake Park. Next time you visit the park, look for the new grove of trees located in the upper area of the park near the soccer field.

Eye on the Park

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Concrete Ping Pong Table installation @ Glenlake Park, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of Chris)

So That’s Why It’s Called Glenlake Park

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Glenlake Park, Decatur GA (pic courtesy of Chris)

New Adult Exercise Equipment Installed at Glenlake Park

Mary sends in this pic of some city employees trying out some of the new adult exercise equipment installed at Glenlake Park this morning.

Looks like the Decatur Active Living Facebook page also has a few pics of the install!

Dog Missing Near Glenlake Park

Chris writes in…

Our mixed boxer/pit mix Gracie somehow went missing from Norris Street near Glen Lake Park around 5:30 Sunday afternoon.  I searched the neighborhood until 10:45 to no avail.  Gracie is a brown female with a white crest on her chest.  She is very friendly and quite submissive, especially around other dogs.  She is wearing a red collar with tags.  If anyone sees her, please call Chris at 404-697-0454 ([email protected]) or the City of Decatur police.  Thanks.

Adult Playground Equipment Coming to Glenlake and McKoy Parks

Another tidbit from the September Decatur Focus

Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to our creative Active Living staff, Glenlake Park and McKoy Park will soon have new playground equipment designed for adults. This equipment offers fun, outdoor exercise options, proving that park fitness equipment isn’t just for kids. The department plans to add this type of equipment to other city parks in the future as part of our annual playground maintenance and replacement budget.

The Active Living staff has expanded the “Walk There Decatur” campaign with new signs located at key activity centers around the city listing the walking distances and number of steps to other activities in the city. It’s just one more way to get people to try walking to the post office from the square or to consider walking from downtown to Oakhurst.