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Decatur reopens tennis courts; offers kids lunch program

The five tennis courts at Decatur’s Glenlake Park were mostly full Tuesday night, one day after the reopening of all nine city-owned parks. Bill Banks for the AJC
The five tennis courts at Decatur’s Glenlake Park were mostly full Tuesday night, one day after the reopening of all nine city-owned parks. Bill Banks for the AJC

Even as most formal summer activities remain on lockdown, Decatur’s Active Living Department reopened the city’s nine tennis courts (spread over three parks) this week. Active Living Director Greg White added that no decision has yet been made on opening city pools, although an update may come shortly.

For now the tennis courts are for free play only, both singles and doubles, and players must make reservations in advance by calling the Glenlake Park Tennis Center, 404-377-7231. White said lessons could resume later this summer, but that decision hasn’t been made yet.

Tennis courts are located at Glenlake Park (five courts), Oakhurst (two—scheduled for a renovation later this year) and Scott Park (two—behind the Decatur Rec Center). They open at 10 a.m.

Although no camps are running this summer, the Active Living Department is collaborating with the Decatur Housing Authority to feed lunch to area children Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m., on a take out basis at the Ebster Rec Center.

DHA Executive Director Doug Faust said the free lunches (provided by the DeKalb County Recreation Department) are feeding about 40 children daily, most of them residents of the affordable housing neighborhoods at Swanton Heights and Allen Wilson. The lunch program runs through the end of June.