ACC Leisure Services Department

A Century of Art

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Athens Arts Association, the Lyndon House Arts Center presents "A Century of Art: The Athens Art Association, 1919 – 2019," featuring works by members of the association from each decade, past to present.  An opening reception is planned for Thursday, June 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

The exhibition continues on view through August 15 during regular gallery hours of 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

Founded in 1919, by Laura Blackshear, the Athens Art Association continues to thrive. During monthly meetings, held on the first Thursday of each month at the Lyndon House Arts Center, members share ideas, materials, and concepts, and support each other with exhibition opportunities and more.

Organized and co-curated by Christine Langone, an Emerita Professor in Leadership Education at UGA, and the Lyndon House Arts Center’s preparator Celia Brooks, the exhibit features works by long-time members Lucy Stanton, Sallie Goodwyn, Millie Dearing, Rainey Gentry, Joan Hill, Connie Flynn, Nancy Roberson, Jean Gibson, Hildegarde Timberlake, and more.

The closing reception and program are scheduled for Thursday, August 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623 or visit

Grand Slam

Grand Slam Returns

The Leisure Services Department announces the return of the “Grand Slam” summer program.

“Grand Slam” is a special summertime program for individuals aged 11-14 who reside in Athens-Clarke County.  This program takes place Friday evenings in June and July from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Cedar Shoals High School. 

Evenings include games, giveaways, guest speakers, music, sports, and more.  A concession stand will be open for purchase, as well.

Transportation will be provided to and from Grand Slam at the East Athens Community Center at 400 McKinley Drive and Lay Park located at 297 Hoyt Street, and Rocksprings Park at 201 Henderson Extension.

The program is free of charge, however online registration is required.

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

Tell Us What You Think...

The Leisure Services Department is seeking input through a community needs assessment as part of the “ACC Leisure Services 2030” project, which is the ten year plan for the future of the department. The Leisure Services Department has partnered with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to implement the survey.  Community input and guidance is essential for the development of this important document, which will shape the future of Athens parks, programs, and facilities. 

The Community Needs Assessment is currently underway at  This survey is designed to identify high level needs and service gaps in the parks, programs, and facilities associated with Leisure Services.  Each household that completes the survey will receive two one-day passe to a Leisure Services Aquatics facility or two one-day passe to Sandy Creek Park.  The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The survey is available in English and Spanish, and is mobile responsive.  Residents who do not have access to a computer or a smart phone or invited to use the public computer labs at East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, and Rocksprings Park.

As part of community outreach efforts, staff will be on hand at a variety of events throughout the community.  For full calendar and more information about the project, please visit 

If interested in having staff visit your organization to share information about the 2030 plan, please email


Make It a Safe Summer!

The Leisure Services Department continues online registration for 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.  

The Department continues to offer its popular Swim School and Parent/Tot Swim School programs this summer for all other youth age groups at a cost of $33 for ACC residents and $50 for non-residents.  Swim School and Parent/Tot Swim School are scholarship eligible programs. 

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

Star Spangled Classic

Oh Say Can You See...

Calling all patriots to gather in downtown Athens for the Star Spangled Classic!  This family friendly Independence Day celebration will take place Saturday, June 29 in downtown Athens on Clayton Street, between College Avenue and Thomas Street.

Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and feature children’s activities led by Ladybug Events.  The Funk Brotherhood will be on stage at 6:00 p.m.  An assortment of dessert food trucks will be on site, as well. The highlight of the evening will be a fabulous fireworks display scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m.   Be sure to download the J&M Displays app (free on apple + android) to hear the playlist. The fireworks will be launched from the Classic Center parking deck. 

The community is invited to celebrate 243 years of American independence with this family friendly event in historic downtown.

This event is sponsored by The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke CountyAthens Downtown Development AuthorityBlasingame, Burch, Garrard, & Ashley, PC, Cox RadioFlagpole, and HealthMarkets Insurance.

For more information, call 706-613-3800 or visit 

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