ACC Leisure Services Department
Dudley Park

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The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will be receiving public input on revisions to the Dudley Park Master Plan.

Improvements to Dudley Park are part of the 2011 SPLOST program. As part of that effort, Park Planners have worked with the Dudley Park SPLOST 2011 user group to propose revisions to the Master Plan.  The public is encouraged to come out and discuss the proposed revisions with staff.  An input session is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Dudley Park in the Cook and Brother Plaza. 

Citizens who are unable to attend may take advantage of input opportunities available online at beginning March 24, 2018.

For more information, please call 706-613-3801.

Countdown to Camp Registration!

The Department offers the most diverse selection of award winning summer camps in Northeast Georgia including traditional day camps and mini camps highlighting art, nature education, sports, and theatre. Opportunities are available for children from ages 3-18.  This year's selection includes more teen camp options available at East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, and Rocksprings Park. 

Camp listings are available online.  Registration will take place online at  Online registration begins Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. for Athens-Clarke County residents.  Non-residents may register beginning Monday, April 9 at noon.  Parents who have not already established a free online account, are encouraged to do so at
Scholarships are available for qualifying ACC residents.  Parents who wish to apply for a scholarship must do so in person at a Leisure Services Department facility office.  Applicants must apply for a scholarship at least five business days prior to registering for a program or camp.  Applicants must have a valid email address.  More information, including required documentation, is available at .

For more information, please call 706-613-3800.3.

Zoo News...

Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park will temporarily close for necessary maintenance.
The zoo, located at 293 Gran Ellen Drive, will be closed Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6 and will re-open Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m.

The closing is necessary for staff to make repairs including the replacement of electrical and water lines. The rest of Memorial Park remains open to the public.

For more information, please call 613-3580.


You're Invited!

The Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open the next phase of the North Oconee River Greenway on Friday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m.   The public is invited to attend and assemble at the Greenway trailhead.  Free parking is available at the nearby Oconee Street Park and Ride Lot.

This new section of the Greenway is 1.9 miles in length and connects the Oconee Street Park and Ride Lot and College Station Road.  The Greenway is available for use by pedestrians and any non-motorized modes of transportation, including bicycles.

This section of the Greenway expansion included two separate projects; the first section designed by Kimley-Horn funded jointly by Federal Highway and SPLOST funds, and the second section designed by WR Toole & Associates funded by local funding.  

For more information, please call 706-613-3801


The Department announces “Kinderswim” a free summer “learn to swim” program for five year olds who live in Athens-Clarke County.

In 2015, the American Red Cross estimated that 61% of children did not know how to swim. In an attempt to make summer safer and reduce the number of non-swimmers, the Leisure Services Department offers this inaugural program providing free swim lessons that has the potential to reach hundreds of children.

There are three sessions available and classes are held on June 5 – 22, June 26-July 13, or July 17 – August 3.  Time slots include 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., – 12:15 p.m., or 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Space is limited. These programs takes place at all five of the department’s pools including Bishop ParkEast Athens Community CenterLay ParkMemorial Park, and Rocksprings Park.  The “Kinderswim” program is free of charge to all participants.  Those children completing the “Kinderswim” program will receive an ACC Leisure Services Department Pool Pass that provides free admission to all department pools and splash pads for the 2018 aquatics season.

Online registration for this program begins Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. for ACC residents. All registration takes place at

The Department continues to offer its popular “Swim School” program this summer for all other youth age groups at a cost of $33 for ACC residents and $50 for non-residents.  Swim School is a scholarship eligible program.

For more information, please call 706-613-3589, ext. 222.
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