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South DeKalb YMCA to host tours of potential green space


DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, Super District 7 Stan Watson and Curtis Wilson, director of the South DeKalb YMCA, are inviting the public to walking tours of the potential green space at the Y, located at 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur.


Wilson and other Y staff members have been spending the last few months gaining the support of the community in an effort to bring large numbers to an Aug. 12 commissioner meeting where they hope to convince commissioners to buy the facility for $4.5 million. The issue was brought up in June and was tabled.


While three commissioners are pushing for the purchase—Larry Johnson, Stan Watson and Sharon Barnes Sutton, the other three commissioners—Jeff Rader, Kathie Gannon and Elaine Boyer—are against the purchase.    
   The schedule for the potential green space tours is as follows:
* Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
* Sunday, Aug. 3, 4 p.m.
* Saturday, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10 a.m.
* Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10 a.m.

 These tours are open to the public.


“With limited availability within the county for parks, walking trails and other outdoor amenities that promote enjoying the outdoors and living healthier lives, the space surrounding the South DeKalb YMCA is incredibly valuable,” said Commissioner Johnson.

Wilson said the green space will enhance the quality of life for DeKalb residents.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to see the potential. The tours will allow citizens to visualize the many possibilities,” Wilson.

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