ACC Leisure Services Department

Summer Camp 2019

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces its slate of summer camp programs for 2019. 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 4-16.
Online registration will take place at  Online registration begins Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. for Athens-Clarke County residents.  Non-residents may register beginning Monday, March 25 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.



The Leisure Services Department will host the opening of the 44th Juried Exhibition on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a reception at Lyndon House Arts Center.

This year’s show was selected by guest juror Ms. Lauren Haynes, the Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Ms. Haynes visited Athens and the Lyndon House for two days in January to review Athens area artist submissions.  In those two days, 309 artists entered 767 works of art.  Ms. Haynes quelled through the multitude of works with great sensitivity and scrutiny, always remarking with great admiration, on the outstanding quality of the work whether from experienced professionals or those just starting to experiment with the visual arts.  She has selected a concise group show of 160 works representing 130 local artists.  

During the month of April, please join us on each Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. as a select group of artists will be providing gallery talks to speak about their work included in the show and to share their experience, ideas, and practice. 

The exhibition continues through May 3.  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. to 5:00 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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The Leisure Services Department staff continues to accept comments on plans for the extension of the Firefly Trail from the end of the existing Firefly Trail at Old Winterville Road to Hancock Road for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor between Old Winterville Road and Hancock Road. This connection travels under Loop 10 and along Winterville Road and Spring Valley Road.

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.

The trail will allow for pedestrians and bicyclists alike to safely participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity. This project includes design, engineering, and right of way acquisition in preparation for immediate trail construction.

Please take a moment and review the plans and complete a comment card by March 1 at midnight.

For the latest information regarding this project, please call 706-613-3801.

Spring Break

Spring Break Plans?

Camp isn't just for summer!   Make sure that you have your spring break activities lined up early.  

The Leisure Services Department will host a selection of spring break programs in March.  Space is limited.
The selection includes activities across the department featuring art, nature, and sports.
The selection includes:
Online registration is required and underway.

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

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The next big thing at Sandy Creek Nature Center is a major addition that will provide children an outdoor natural area for play and environmental discovery. With features such as trails, boulders, special plantings, a small pond and natural boundaries, the area will allow children to engage in creative play, inventing their own games, developing physical strength and learning to interact with other youngsters.

The new area will replace a small garden behind the nature center’s main Education & Visitor Center.  Work is expected to begin later this year.  The project is expected to cost about $176,000 and the nature center’s non-profit support group, Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., has begun a fund-raising campaign.

Named the Nature PlayScape, the play area will honor 11 local citizens who created the nature center in 1973.  The fund-raising drive was launched with a $50,000 donation from the Owen Nelson Saveland Trust, which was established by one of the founders, the late Robert N. Saveland. A retired professor in the University of Georgia College of Education, Saveland was an ardent sailor, geographer, and naturalist.  He died in 2017 at the age of 96.
The Nature Playscape will adhere to modern principles of children’s outdoor recreation that emphasize creative play designed to develop balance, coordination, and cooperative problem-solving skills, Smith said.  The space will include art and music connections and a seating area for adults including shaded spots for strollers. Enclosed by natural boundaries, the area will be accessible to nearby restrooms and water fountains and the adjacent ADA boardwalk for mobility-impaired visitors. Plans for the space were developed by Koons Environmental Design, Inc., a local firm noted for environmental planning.
For more information, please call 706-613-3615.

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