ACC Leisure Services Department
Annual Report

What a Year!

The award winning Leisure Services Department wrapped up another amazing year!

Take a moment and review the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report and learn about the many accomplishments from the past twelve months

Memorial Park

Last Chance!

The Leisure Services Department will host a public input session, reviewing conceptual diagrams to guide development of the vision plan forMemorial Park. 
The Office of Park Planning has reached the next phase in the development of a vision plan for the park, based on the first round of public input.  From this information, staff has developed a series of three conceptual diagrams for the functions and circulation flow of the park. 

The public is encouraged to attend and weigh in on these new concepts.  The session will be held Thursday, October 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Park Recreation Hall located at 293 Gran Ellen Drive.

Citizens who are unable to attend one of the review sessions may take advantage of the input opportunity available online beginning October 9.

For more information and online input, please visit the Park Planning website at for the latest information regarding this project or call 706-613-3801.


This Apple Tastes Funny!

It's back!  The annual Princess Pumpkin Design Studio - with a twist!

This year, the park goes rogue as the villains take over!   The “Princess Pumpkin Design Studio: Villain Version”on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. will take place in Memorial Park's Recreation Hall.  This program is for ages 2-10.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain and decorate pumpkins.  Attendees should bring their own pumpkin. Gemstones, glitter, paint, stencils, stickers, and dazzle will be provided to make a pumpkin your villainous vision.  

The fee is $12 for ACC residents and $18 for non-residents. Children younger than two are admitted free of charge.  Online registration is required and underway.

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


Do You Have Your Ticket?

The East Athens Educational Dance Center presents Dance and Music of the Soul. This special performance is scheduled at the Dance Center on Saturday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

The production will feature students from the EAEDC Gifted Program, Ballethnic Dance Company, Ballethnic Youth Ensemble and UGA Alumni. Live vocals will be performed by the Soulful sounds of Adam L. McKnight who also composed the soundtrack for the production. 

The music guides the thread of stories through a soul stirring production that pays homage to artists including James Brown, Natalie Cole, Prince, Luther Vandross, and Maurice White. This fast paced production will take the audience on a journey of emotions that will inspire them to want to get out of their seats and dance.  Ballethnic Resident Choreographer Waverly T. Lucas II will lend his blend of African, Modern and Ballet infused choreography ending in a breath taking finale to the critically acclaimed tune Determination written by McKnight.  

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 each at Tickets are $12 on the day of the performance and may be purchased at the door. 

For more information, please call 706-613-3624.

Save the Date!

The Leisure Services Department will host a dedication ceremony and open the newly completed Athens-Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail on Friday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m.  The public is invited to walk or ride the trail.  All non-motorized users are welcome!

Attendees will assemble at the Firefly Trailhead on East Broad Street, near Pottery Street.  Parking is available at the Cook and Brother Plaza in designated Greenway parking spaces and the Classic Center Parking Deck.

The Firefly Trail is a planned 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point in Northeast Georgia, connecting Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties.  The historic rail line, known as the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad, branched off the still-active Augusta-to-Atlanta line in Union Point and passed through the towns of Woodville, Maxeys, Stephens, Crawford, Arnoldsville, and Winterville on its way to Athens.

In the future, this project will include the establishment of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor between East Broad Street and the intersection of Old Winterville Road and Little Oak Street. The trail will allow for pedestrian and bicyclist alike to safely participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity.  The project includes three bridges along the trail corridor with educational and informational signage.

For more information on the opening of the Firefly Trail, please call 706-613-3800.

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