ACC Leisure Services Department
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Dive In...


All Leisure Services Department pools open Saturday, May 28 for the season. 

Pools are open Tuesday-Friday and Sundays, 1 – 5:30 PM.  Pool hours are noon – 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  The Bishop Park pool is open to the public on weekends only. Memorial Day pool hours are 1– 5:30 PM.  After Memorial Day, all aquatic facilities will be closed on Mondays for maintenance.

Pool admission is $1 per person (cash only).  Individual pool passes are available for $20 and a Family Pass (for up to four) costs $40. Passes may be purchased at any department pool or splash pad.  

Parents are reminded that the wading pool at Memorial Park is now permanently closed due to maintenance/code compliance issues allowing for installation of new lounge furniture on the expanded deck surface.  Additionally, pool patrons will find the reopening of the diving boards at Bishop Park.

The Department operates five public pools including Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center,  Lay Park, Memorial Park, and Rocksprings Park.  Additionally, the Department maintains splash pads at Rocksprings Park and Trail Creek Park.

For more information, please call 706-613-3589, ext. 226. 

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Commemorate Memorial Day at Memorial Park!


The annual “Memorial Day in Memorial Park” event is planned for Monday, May 30 from noon-4 PM.  Activities for the day include children’s games, inflatables, and music.  Food trucks will be on site with a variety of food available for purchase.  The family friendly event is open to the public and is free of charge.

The Memorial Park pool will be open (weather permitting) from 1:00-5:30 PM with a $1 per person pool admission fee.

For more information, please call 706-613-3580.

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Now Open!


The new boat launch at Ben Burton Park is now open to the public. The boat launch is designed for non-motorized small water craft and provides river access to the Middle Oconee River. 

The launch was built with generous support from the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Riverview Foundation, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, and the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission.  This concrete launch is designed to protect the stream bank and surrounding habitat from erosion and destruction and allows for a safe access point to the Middle Oconee River.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Friday, June 3 at 11 AM.  The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 706-613-3801. 
brown snake

Slither Over...


Snake Day 2016 is set for Saturday, June 4 from 12- 4 PM at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Snakes get a bad rap!  We'll put snakes on trial to decide if they are guilty or not of the accusations. Come learn why snakes are good for us and how they can help habitats stay healthy. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and share stories about cool and awesome snakes. Activities will include live animal interaction, crafts, and games.

This program is for families with a $3 admission fee per person for Athens-Clarke County residents and $5 per person for non-county residents. Children under 3 years of age are admitted free.

For more information, please call 706-613-3615. 
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Good Dog...


Get ready for the dog days of summer and register your canine for Dog Obedience,

Puppies and dogs will learn to sit, walk nicely on a leash, come when called, lay down as well as heel, stay and how to use the bathroom on command at this program at Southeast Clarke Park. The program will be held rain or shine.  Dogs must be current on vaccinations.

Classes take place Saturdays, June 4  through July 30 (No class July 2) from 10-11 AM or Tuesdays, June 7-July 26 from 7-8 PM. Participants assemble at the concession stand located on the Lexington Rd side of the park.

The fee is $100 per dog for Athens-Clarke County residents and $120 for non-county residents.  Online registration is underway.

For more information, please call 706-613-3991.    




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