ACC Leisure Services Department
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The Leisure Services Department will host two public information open house sessions regarding the Firefly Trail in Athens-Clarke County. Meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 3 at the Winterville Depot and Monday, October 17 at the East Athens Community Center.  Both meetings take place  6-8 PM.

The Firefly Trail is a 39 mile long multi-use trail project that stretches from downtown Athens to Union Point.  The proposed trail follows an abandoned railroad corridor (rail to trail) and provides trail users with a unique experience as it is proposed to pass through the cities of Winterville, Arnoldsville, Crawford, Stephens, Maxeys, and Woodville.  The trail corridor itself is gentle in grade and allows for use by people of all ages and abilities.

Department staff will provide information regarding the Firefly Trail and the status of the project. The proposed route and information on construction standards will be available.  
Please visit the Department’s Park Planning website for the latest information regarding this project or call 706-613-3801.

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Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks!


The Department will present “Touch a Truck Day,” on Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM – noon at Southeast Clarke Park.

Bring the kids out for a morning of fun and a chance to explore trucks of all types, including construction vehicles, police cars, and more.  Each vehicle will have trained staff present to answer questions.  

This family program will take place on the Lexington Road side of Southeast Clarke Park.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.

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

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A Little Dash of Royalty...


Memorial Park will host its inaugural “Princess Pumpkin Design Studio” on Saturday, October 8 from 9-11 AM in the park’s recreation hall.  This program is for ages 2-10.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed as a princess and design a pumpkin with their favorite princesses in attendance.  Attendees must bring their own pumpkin. Gemstones, glitter, paint, stencils, stickers, and dazzle will be provided to make your pumpkin a royal masterpiece.  After the pumpkin activity, there will be a princess-led tour of the zoo.  

The fee is $5 for ACC residents and $7.50 for non-residents.  Online registration is required.

For more information, please call 706-613-3580.   
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Feed the Birds!


Each fall, Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc. sells birdseedto raise funds to support the Nature Center. It’s a great way to get top quality birdseed for the winter while helping us provide ongoing support for the educational programs and facilities.

Looking to order seed? Download a form and return it via mail, email or by calling the nature center. Orders are due by October 16, 2016.

For more information, please call 706-613-3615, ext. 235.
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Halloween Fun Gore-Lore!


Halloween is next month and the Leisure Services Department is ready!

A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the month including carnivals, "Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day," "Trunk or Treat," and more.

For a complete list, please visitwww.athensclarkecounty.com/halloween.




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