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A Visit to Tucker Rec Center

Looking for new activities to try? Check out the Tucker Recreation Center.

Last time, and its condition as we head into the summer recreation season. Next up for consideration is , located on Lavista Road, just west of Tucker High School.

, as it is commonly known, is located in an old school building, and it certainly feels like one as you walk the narrow, low-ceilinged hallways. Spaces that were once classrooms are now activity rooms. You can sign up for Tae Kwon Do, Pilates, Zumba, and other classes. Costs vary by activity.  Various clubs also hold meetings at the center, including a Scrabble club that meets on Saturdays.

Pottery classes are sometimes held at the rec center, but based on a recent Tucker Patch , it seems the classes are not currently being offered. That's a shame. There are two kilns on site going to waste.

Having never visited Tucker Rec before, I expected to see a basketball court, but was surprised to see a gym set up for gymnastics instead. The recreation center is the home of the Tucker Tucks gymnastics team (though I can't find any current information about them online; are they still in existence?). Gymnastics classes are offered for beginners too, with age restrictions.

Outside, in front of the building, stands the Browning Courthouse. This wooden structure dates to 1860 and was moved from its original location to the Tucker Recreation Center grounds in 1985. The Tucker Historical Society occasionally exhibits historical items inside the courthouse. Tucker's 120th Celebration will kick off there on June 25.

In front of the courthouse is a lovely little butterfly garden. After enjoying the flowers, you might like to take a self-guided tour of the trees found on the grounds. There are handy "Trees of Tucker" guides in a box by the courthouse. These will help you identify the numerous specimens around the rec center.

For more information on the activities and classes available at the Tucker Recreation Center, click here.

Next time, I'll visit .

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L.Leach June 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Thank you, Mr. Crowe, for your remarks about the Tucker Butterfly Garden and Trees of Tucker – a Self-Guided Tour of an Urban Forest. Both are educational and can be toured in an hour or less depending on one’s pace. The Tucker Butterfly Garden is the brain child of DeKalb Master Gardener, Dawn Hines, a Tucker resident. She and other DeKalb Master Gardeners cleared the land, enriched the soil and planted nectar and host plants to attract butterflies. The Trees of Tucker project was created after DeKalb Master Gardeners, Dawn Hines and Lee Leach, took an Advanced Master Gardener Course in Urban Forestry. Volunteers of the Tucker Civic Association and other Tucker groups, help clear the land. Thirty-seven different tree species, of which thirty-three are native, can be found on the site and are tagged with blue U.S. Forestry tags. A booklet and site map are available in an information box located on the rear fence of the old Tucker Court House. Both sites are cared for by DeKalb Master Gardeners and supported by the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the DeKalb Extension Service Horticulture Program, Gary R Peiffer, DeKalb Extension Agent. L. Leach & Dawn Hines DeKalb Master Gardeners
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