ACC Leisure Services Department
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School's Out!

The Leisure Services Department will host “Day off School Programs” on Monday, April 4 from 9 AM – 4 PM. Day off school programs serve children, ages 6-12, and take place on a day when Clarke County School District schools are not in session. 

East Athens Community Center, located at 400 McKinley Dr, will present “Olympic Day.”  Get ready for Rio!  Participants will learn about past and present Olympians and then compete in their own Olympic games.  For more information call 706-613-3593.

Rocksprings Park, located at 291 Henderson Ext, will host “Games Galore.”   Participants will explore all kind of games – inside and outside.  For more information call 706-613-3602.

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

Online registration is underway by clicking on the “Recreation” tab. Space is limited.
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Eggs Everywhere!

The Leisure Services Department will host a selection of Easter events this month.

Rocksprings Park will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 9 AM.  This program, for toddlers to age 12, features a traditional egg hunt with prizes. The program is free of charge and registration is not required.  For more information, call 706-613-3602.

East Athens Community Center will host an egg hunt on Saturday, March 26.  The event, for ages Kindergarten-5th Grade, begins at 10 AM.   Activities include arts and crafts followed by an egg hunt, with participants divided into age groups.  The program is free of charge and registration is not required.  For more information call 706-613-3593.

Lay Park will host two egg hunts.   The first is the “Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt” set for Friday, March 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  This special holiday program is for ages 11 – 14.  The“Easter Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt” is planned for Saturday, March 26 at 11 AM for  toddlers through 5th grade.  Children must bring their own baskets.  Both programs are free of charge and registration is not required.  For more information call 706-613-3596.

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It's the Most Important Meal of the Day...

It's time for the annual “Breakfast with the Bunny” at Memorial Park set for Saturday, March 26 in the Park’s recreation hall.  

This family event includes breakfast, crafts, and a photo with the Easter Bunny.  Two time slots are available: 9 – 9:45 a.m. or 10 – 10:45 AM.  

The fee is $5 per person for ACC residents and $8 for non-residents. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free of charge.  Online registration is underway.

For more information, call 706-613-3580.

Road Trip!

Senior adults are invited to spend part of their spring on the road with a variety of trips planned across the state.
Online registration is required and is underway.  Space is limited.

For more information, call 706-613-3602.
a dog sitting and panting

It's a Dog's Life...

The Leisure Services Department staff is constantly working to maintain and improve facilities--even those for our canine patrons.  The popularity of the off-leash dog parks can make this a real challenge as high usage can rapidly compact the soil.

Soil compaction has an astounding affect on the environment and eventually prevents both water and air from reaching plant roots.  

To help combat this, the new dog park at Southeast Clarke Park was designed with three areas which close in rotation to allow for maintenance and landscape rehabilitation.  This "rest time" allows earthworms time to aerate the soil, gives plants some recovery time, and provides our landscape crews an opportunity to fertilize, overseed, and mechanically aerate the land. Rotating usage like this helps us maintain these facilities while minimizing impact on patrons, two-footed and four-footed alike.

Following this pattern, Area 3 at Southeast Clarke Park closed for rehabilitation in November 2015 and will reopen Monday, April 18 as Area 1 closes.  While it may not look like much is happening in the closed area, this "rest time" is critical to sustainably managing this popular facility.

Learn more about the Department's nearly 20 acres of Dog Parks at  

For more information on Southeast Clarke Park call 706-613-3991 or for maintenance reports and inquiries call 706-613-3801.

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