ACC Leisure Services Department
Mud Day


The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will present will “Celebrate Mud Day” program at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

This special program is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Participants will enjoy the benefits of mud while playing in the mud! Critter Tales will be held at the mud pit for a story about dirt. Appreciate all the fun that mud has to offer.

Dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy and wear shoes that will stay on your feet while in the mud. A wash station will be provided after the mud play.  

The program is for all ages and is free of charge.  Registration is not required.  

For more information, please call 706-613-3615

Star Spangled Classic

Oh Say Can You See...

The Star Spangled Classic is back!  This family friendly Independence Day celebration will take place Saturday, July 1 in Downtown Athens.

Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and includes a concert by Cosmic Charlie, children’s activities, and food trucks.  The festival area is located on Washington Street (between Lumpkin Street and Jackson Street) and College Avenue (between Hancock Avenue and Broad Street). The highlight of the evening will be a fabulous fireworks display scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m.

The community is invited to celebrate 241 years of American independence with this family friendly event in historic downtown. This event is free of charge.

For more information, please call 706-613-3620.
Scholarship Program

Scholarship Changes Ahead

The Department announces important changes to its scholarship program effective July 1, 2017.  
In March, the ACC Mayor and Commission voted to modify the program that provides discounts for youth programs to qualifying ACC residents.  

The changes include revised scholarship levels of 25%, 50%, and 75% only. The 100% scholarship no longer exists.  A $400 annual cap per child is now in effect which establishes a maximum amount one child can use each year through the scholarship program.  The final change is that a recent utility bill (last 90 days) and IRS Tax Form 1040 (with children listed) are now required documentation in addition to a photo ID.  

Hardship procedures are in place for those who do not have the necessary paperwork.  Those individuals are required to contact the Department’s Budget Technician at 706-552-0462, ext. 21 to schedule an appointment in order discuss alternative options. 

Scholarships may be renewed or applied for at any Leisure Services Department facility office and take at least five business days to process.  All scholarships expire June 30 and must be renewed annually.  Any programs paid for prior to July 1, 2017 are still covered under the previous scholarship.

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

American Flag

Holiday Hours

The Leisure Services Department will observe the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday, July 4. Parks will operate under regular hours of operation, facilities will be closed. 

The Bishop Park and Memorial Park pools will be open 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. The Trail Creek Park Splash Pad will be open 10 AM – 5:30 p.m.  Admission is $1 per person.  All other pools and splash pads are closed for the holiday.

All facilities and parks will re-open Wednesday, July 5 under regular hours of operation. 

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

Getting Fit at the Pool!

Get in the water and have a great workout with Aqua Aerobics at the Memorial Park pool!   
Participants, ages 18 and older, will experience a variety of stretching, and weight routines set to music. 

Aqua Aerobics takes place Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The fee is $5 per person per session or a five-class punch card is available for $20. Payment, in cash or check only, is accepted prior to class at the pool.

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

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