ACC Leisure Services Department
Spring registration

Get Ready for Spring!

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces its spring program opportunities for 2017.

A diverse selection highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports, and holiday events are planned for adults and children.

Online program registration for Athens-Clarke County residents will open at 9 AM on Saturday, February 11. Non-residents may register online starting Monday, February 13 at noon.  Registration takes place at  Before registering, individuals who have not already done so must establish a free online account. Payment may be rendered using a debit card, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, or a MasterCard or Visa gift card. 

Individuals with expired scholarships and new scholarship applicants must visit a Leisure Services Department facility office to apply for a scholarship or to renew an expired one. This must be done at least five business days prior to registering for a program.   Scholarships may not be applied for online.  

Individuals who do not have access to a computer may register online using the computer labs at East Athens Community Center at 400 McKinley Dr., Lay Park at 297 Hoyt St., or Rocksprings Park at 291 Henderson Ext. during regular hours of operation.

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

No parking sign at WOW Park

Safety First...

Roadside parking restrictions are now in place on Whit Davis Road adjacent to Southeast Clarke Park’s World of Wonder (WOW) Park and dog parks. The restrictions are due to dangerous situations that have been created for vehicles and pedestrians in the area, particularly children, caused by park visitors parking vehicles along Whit Davis Road. 

Athens-Clarke County’s Traffic Engineering Division has installed “no parking” signs along Whit Davis Road in this area to remind drivers of the restrictions. The parking restrictions will be enforced by Athens-Clarke County Police, who may ticket and tow vehicles that are parked on the side of the road.

In the event that the Whit Davis parking area is full, additional parking is available on the Lexington Road side of Southeast Clarke Park. Park visitors can access the WOW Park through a short nature trail that connects the two sides of the park. 

For more information, call 706-613-3801.

Runners gathered at the starting line

Grab Your Running Shoes!

Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc. will present the 18th Annual Frog Hop 5K Road Race on Sunday, February 12.
Make plans to run or walk this 5K and 1 mile Tadpole Fun Run.  The Tadpole Fun Run starts at 2 PM, with the challenging 5K Frog Hop starting at 2:30 PM. Both events take place at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 205 Old Commerce Road.

The pre-registration fee for either race is $20 per person, $60 for families of four. After February 1, the fee is $25 per person and t-shirts are not guaranteed. The no-shirt option is $17 by February 1.

Race entry forms are available at the Sandy Creek Nature Center and online at or registration is available online at 

For more information, please call 706-613-3615 x 235.

Bless Me, Father

On Stage...

Athens Creative Theatre presents "Bless Me Father" at Quinn Hall at Memorial Park.
Father Pat's parishioners are a bit fuzzy on the commandments, so when a rumor starts that the Pope is visiting their congregation, folks are lining up to confess their sins. However, the only John Paul in this confessional box is John Paul Fitzpatrick, the janitor. Fitz has been trapped in there for hours, and what he is learning could blow the lid off this whole town! 

Performances takes place February 23-26.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM and Sunday’s performance is at 3 PM.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children, seniors, and students. $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the Morton Theatre Box Office, Monday-Friday from 10 AM – 1 PM and 3 – 6 PM. Call 706-613-3771 to reach the box office.

30 Years of Dance

Get Your Tickets!

The East Athens Educational Dance Center celebrates 30 years in the community. This year’s annual dance production features the talented students in various dance styles including ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, and tap.

A Youth and Senior Group Night performance is set for Friday, February 24. Special interest groups including senior citizen organizations, at risk youth and adult organizations, and individuals with special needs are invited to enjoy an evening of dance performance. The admission fee is $8.00 per person and the group must consist of 10 or more people. A reservation is required by February 23 by calling the Dance Center at 706- 613-3624. Space is limited. Reservations are accepted Monday-Friday from noon-4 PM.

The public performances are scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 7 PM and Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM. All performances take place at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show (pending availability). Tickets are on sale at the Morton Theatre Box Office weekdays from 10 AM – 6 PM or online at

For more information, call 706-613-3771 or 706-613-3624.

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