The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces the reopening of select locations including Ben Burton, Memorial, and Walker Parks (formerly Trail Creek Park) on Monday, May 18. Sandy Creek Park will open Tuesday, May 19. Dudley Park, the Firefly, Greenway, and Sandy Creek Nature Center trails will remain open. All other parks and facilities remain closed at this time.
Ben Burton Park will open to permit access to fishing, open space, boat launch, and trails for public use. There is no restroom access.
Memorial Park will permit access to fishing, open space, picnic shelters (small gatherings only), and trails for public use. The playground, basketball court, dog park, and Bear Hollow Zoo will remain closed. Restroom access will be limited.
Sandy Creek Park will permit access to disc golf, fishing, open space, private dog parks (by reservation), picnic areas (small gatherings only), and trails for public use. The beach, large pavilions, playgrounds, basketball & volleyball courts, and public dog park will remain closed. Restroom access will be limited. Park entrance is $2 per person for ages 4-64, all others are admitted free of charge. Payment options include annual passes, punch cards, and credit/debit cards. Cash will not be accepted.
Walker Park, formerly Trail Creek Park, will permit access to open space, picnic shelter (small gatherings only), bike trails, and walking paths. Athletic fields are available for self-directed play, but closed for competitive and team use. The outdoor fitness zone, playground, and splash pad remain closed. Restroom access will be limited.
The public is reminded to continue to practice social distancing and gatherings must be limited to 10 people or fewer. Masks are recommended.
For more information, visit www.accgov.com/leisure or call 706-613-3800.
Written and Distributed by:
Cathy Padgett, ACCGov Leisure Services