The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department 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 17 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).