ACC Leisure Services Department
Athens from the Past

A View of Athens from the Past

In celebration of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s 50th year, the Lyndon House Arts Center will present a collection from "Growing Up in Athens" photographs taken of the town over several decades.  “Captured in Time” will be displayed in two parts.  "Downtown Athens through the Years," on view from August 8 – September 9 and "Unidentified Houses of Athens," July 15 – November 1.  From daguerreotype to polaroid, all will enjoy these historic pictures of our neighborhoods, our citizens, and our landscape.

"Growing Up in Athens, GA," a Facebook group, is administered by Roy Moseman, Johnny Kesler and Jerry Crawley. The site began as a way for old friends to share photos and memories of Athens. It has since grown to house thousands of images with more than 18,000 likes and more than 17,000 followers. The photos come from various sources, but most are contributed by the general public.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623.

Kitty Yoga

Purr-fectly Delightful

Kitty Yoga is purrfect!  We are happy to announce Kitty Yoga has returned, Wednesday evenings in the Memorial Park Recreation Hall.  Sessions take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This class will get you so relaxed, you'll feel like purring!  Approximately one dozen adoptable kittens will be on site to help participants relax and wind down.  

Donations of $5 or items such as food and kitty litter are much appreciated. Yoga mat rentals are $2 and first come, first served as there are a limited supply. Registration is not required, just show up!

For more information, please call 706-613-3580.
Picket Up Program

Picket Up!

The Department continues the “Picket Up” program for the retrieval of the fence pickets from the former World of Wonder Playground (WOW).
As part of the fundraising efforts for the former WOW Playground, between 2002 and 2004, individuals could purchase pickets for the fence that surrounded the play area. Approximately 100 pickets have been saved from the demolition of the old playground.  These pickets, with donor names on them, are stored at the Department’s Park Services Division office until December 31, 2017.  

Anyone who wishes to claim his/her picket should contact Keith Kirkland at or call 706-613-3801, ext. 25.  After December 31, 2017, staff will dispose of all remaining pickets.

For more information, please 706-613-3801, ext. 25.

School Bus

Back to School

The Leisure Services Department will present the “Back 2 School Bash” on Friday, August 4, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Lay Park.
To celebrate the start of the new school year and bid farewell to summer break, there will be face painting, games, inflatables, and music.  The Athens-Clarke County Police and Fire Department vehicles will be available for the kids to explore.

The first 200 participants will receive a ticket for a free slice of pizza. The first 200 school-age participants (5 – 12 years old) who register online will receive a free backpack!

Online registration is required and is underway.

For more information, please call 706-613-3596.
Fall Registration

Fall into Fun

The Leisure Services Department announces its fall 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 a.m. on Saturday, August 5.  Non-residents may register online starting Monday, August 7 at noon.  All registration takes place at 

Before registering, individuals who have not already done so must establish a free online account at Payment may be rendered using a debit card, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, or a MasterCard or Visa gift card. 

New scholarship applicants and individuals with expired scholarships 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 and scholarships may not be applied for online.  Information regarding scholarship program changes, including required documentation, is available at 

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.

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