Beginning today, May 18, Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services is re-opening several locations that had been closed due to the coronavirus public health emergency.
Today's re-openings include Ben Burton Park, Walker Park (formerly Trail Creek Park), and Memorial Park.
Sandy Creek Park is scheduled to be re-opened on Tuesday.
Dudley Park, the Firefly Trail, the North Oconee River Greenway, and Sandy Creek Nature Center trails will remain open, and all other county parks and facilities will 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. ACCGov employees receive free admission with their ACCGov employee ID. • Walker Park will permit access for smsall gatherings to open space, the picnic shelter, 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.