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.
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 three 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.