ACC Leisure Services Department
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A New Park!

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open the newly completed Boulevard Woods Park on Friday, January 22 at 2 PM. The public is invited to attend. Attendees will assemble at the park’s entrance at 298 Barber St (Boulevard at Barber Street).  

The Boulevard Woods Park is a heavily-wooded 1.8 acre site. The lot was originally donated to the former City of Athens by W.H. Benson in 1967, and has been vacant and unused since that time.  Located at the top of Boulevard, the site will serve as a neighborhood focal point with the potential to be integrated into a future greenway network and/or a rails-to-trails project.

This project was started by an informally organized group of people interested in creating a neighborhood park. Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Inc. helped coordinate the effort, enlisting many partners including Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services, Athens Land Trust, the University of Georgia, Riverview Foundation, Koons Environmental Design, Inc. and others. Involving citizens beyond the surrounding neighborhoods, Boulevard Woods is truly a community project.
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Make a Wish!

Planning a birthday party for a child? The Leisure Services Department offers a selection of party options with something for everyone.
Choose from a  Gymnastics Party, Planetarium Party, Tennis Party, Zoo Party, and others.  

For more information visit 

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All Aboard for the Information Super Highway...

The Leisure Services Department will offer several computer classes for adults and senior adults.  All programs take place at Lay Park.

“Safe Surfing on the Web” is set for Thursday, January 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.  This program is geared toward parents who have concerns about web safety for their children.  Staff will cover the topic of safe gaming, kid friendly search engines for homework, and internet safety tips all in an effort to ease the mind of parents of children who are active web users.  The fee is $5 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $7.50 for non-residents. 

“Computer Building Basics” is scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, February 22-23 from 9 AM – 2 PM. Participants, 18 years and older, will learn how to build a personal computer from scratch.  The program will cover parts selection, operating system installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and more.   The fee is $15 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $22.50 for non-residents for the two-day series.

“Computer Virus Busters” will take place Monday, February 29 from 10 AM – noon.  Participants will learn a few tips and techniques that will help get those pesky viruses and pop-ups under control using free software.  This program is for ages 18 and older and has a fee of $10 for ACC residents and $15 for non-residents.

Online registration is underway.

For more information call 706-613-3596.
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School's Out!

What to do when there is no school? The Leisure Services Department has you covered with “Day off School Programs” on Monday, February 15 from 9 AM – 4 PM.  These special programs, for children ages 6-12, are scheduled on days when Clarke County School District schools are not in session. 

East Athens Community Center  will present “Fitness and Fun.”  Participants will have fun while learning about living a healthy lifestyle, competing in a variety of games, and a fitness test.

Rocksprings Park will host “Out of School, Into Art.”  This special program is all about art.  The day will be centered on creative projects. Participants will paint and construct collages, and build artistic dioramas.

The fee for each program is $15 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $22.50 for non-county residents. Participants must bring a sack lunch.

Online registration is underway.  Space is limited.
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Have You Heard about the Changes in the Scholarship Program?

The Leisure Services Department has made minor administrative changes to its scholarship program that affect the timeline for scholarship approval.  The program offers an opportunity for eligible Athens-Clarke County residents to pay less than the full fee for a Department youth program.

Parents may still apply for scholarships at Department offices, however scholarship applications will no longer be approved at the time of application.  Applicants will receive an email within five business days notifying them whether or not the scholarship has been approved.  This email will include the amount of discount and the expiration date and will take the place of the previously laminated cards.  All applicants must provide a valid email address.

To allow for processing time, parents must apply for a scholarship at least one full week prior to registering for a program.  Applying for a scholarship and registering for a program may not be conducted at the same time.  Applicants must provide a current and reliable photo ID, along with verification of dependency, income, and residency.  A list of approved documentation is available at  

Those applying for a scholarship may take the required documentation to a Leisure Services facility office.

For more information, call l 706-613-3800.

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