ACC Leisure Services Department
Independence Day

Happy Birthday!

The Leisure Services Department will observe the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4.  Parks will operate under regular hours of operation, facilities will be closed. 

Bishop Park, Lay Park, and Memorial Park pools and the Rocksprings Park pool and Splash Pad will be open 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. The Trail Creek Park Splash Pad will be open 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Admission is $1 per person.  

All facilities and parks will re-open Friday, July 5 under regular hours of operation. 

For more information, please call 706-613-3625.

Babies and Beasties

Into Nature...

The Leisure Services Department will host “Babies and Beasties” this summer at Sandy Creek Nature Center. 

Toddlers and their parents are invited to discover nature through this special Nature Center activity including crafts, hands-on activities, hikes, and outdoor adventures.

"Babies and Beasties" takes place Saturdays, July 6-27 from 10-10:45 a.m 

This program is for ages 18 months to 2 years with an adult.  The fee is $12 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $18 for Non-Athens-Clarke County for the four-session program.  Online registration is underway.

For more information about this program, please call 706-613-3615.
Take a Hike

Take a Hike!

Join Trails and Open Spaces staff for a guided hike on Cook’s Trail on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.

Participants will meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center and ride a shuttle van to the trail head in Sandy Creek Park. This easy four-mile hike follows Sandy Creek through a flood plain forest rich in wildlife. Participants will enjoy views of beaver ponds and Oxbow Lake.

Please no pets on this hike. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. We will finish this hike at the nature center.

Online registration is underway. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, please call 706-613-3620.

Art Exhibit

Meanwhile at the Lyndon House Arts Center...

The state of Georgia has long been known for its five P’s in agriculture — poultry, peaches, peanuts, pecans and paper — but only one of these has attracted a wide array of Georgia artists. Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia and Lyndon House Arts Center, the exhibition “Cut and Paste: Works of Paper” will travel the state of Georgia this summer, featuring 11 Georgia artists, each of whom works in paper. 

“Cut and Paste” is part of “Highlighting Contemporary Art in Georgia,” a triennial series of traveling exhibitions that began with “Pushing the Press: Printmaking in the South” in 2016. Each exhibition is organized by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lyndon House and are made available at minimal cost to interested venues in metropolitan areas big and small across the state, in keeping with the University of Georgia’s statewide public outreach mission. Curator Didi Dunphy, who is the program supervisor at the Lyndon House, assembled both exhibitions, with assistance from museum staff.

The exhibition continues through July 27 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.

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


Time's Running Out...

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 passes to a Leisure Services Aquatics facility or two one-day passes 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 are 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

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