ACC Leisure Services Department
Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will present “Touch a Truck”Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at Southeast Clarke Park.

Families are invited for a morning of fun and a chance to explore vehicles of all types, including fire trucks, police cars, construction trucks, and more. Each vehicle will have trained staff present to answer questions.

This family program will take place on the Lexington Road side of Southeast Clarke Park.  This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 706-613-3589

Sasquatch Adventure

Sasquatch Adventure!

The Leisure Services Department will present a family program “Sasquatch Adventure” on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Willing to hike off trail in search of cryptids? Evaluate evidence with an open mind and a good sense of humor? Interested in exploring a large tract of land currently undeveloped and closed to the general public? Sign up for Sasquatch Adventure! Participants will meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center and ride a shuttle van to the Tallassee land tract on the Middle Oconee River. 

This group, led by highly trained government staff, will fearlessly search for animal signs, evaluate habitats, experiment with calls,  and use other techniques in search of Sasquatch. Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for hiking. Pack a water and a snack for this strenuous backwoods adventure.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Online registration is required  The fee is $4 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $7 for non-county residents.

For more information, please call 706-613-3615.

Get Ready for Summer!

The 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 3 -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.


Make a Splash!

The Leisure Services Department offers “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 program providing free swim lessons that has the potential to reach hundreds of children each year.

Sessions are available this summer at all five of the department’s pools, including Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Memorial 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 2019 aquatics season.  

Online registration for this program begins Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. for ACC residents.

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

Listening Sessions

Listening Sessions

The Leisure Services Department will to old “Listening Sessions” regarding the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek.

On November 7, 2017, Athens-Clarke County citizens approved the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) 2018 Program Referendum, which included the Firefly Trail Project (Project #06). This project includes a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Trail Creek, now referred to as the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek. 

The trail connection and creek crossing will be designed for an area within Dudley Park, where a remnant of an old wooden railroad trestle remains along the abandoned railroad corridor.  The structure is commonly referred to as the Trail Creek Trestle or the Murmur Trestle. 

The Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek project will include a structural evaluation of the railroad trestle to investigate its viability as part of the trail system. Based on the findings of the structural assessment, the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek design team will produce several alternative options for a future Firefly Trail connection and crossing of Trail Creek. These options will be developed within a community engagement process that will include listening sessions, public meetings, online surveys, and a public open house.

The first opportunity to provide input regarding the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek is to join the design team and share your thoughts at an upcoming listening session.  Three listening sessions will be held: 

• Tuesday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Lyndon House Arts Center
• Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the ACC Planning Department
• Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the ACC Planning Department 

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

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