Park and Facility Closings

Keep up with all the latest news and information about current and upcoming closures of parks and facilities for the Leisure Services Department.  This page is updated as information becomes available, so check back often.
Holland Youth Sports Retaining Wall Failure at May's Field
Facility 172 | Updated: 6:00 PM, January 19, 2017 | Posted: 4:00 PM, April 11, 2016
Construction to replace the failed retaining wall between Field 3 and Field 7 (also known as May's Field) at Holland Youth Sports began November 1. Weather and environmental delays have slowed progress on this project which is now expected to be completed by mid-year. For your safety, we ask that all park patrons stay clear of the construction area.  For more information see the Holland Youth Sports Complex page.
Roadwork at Sandy Creek Park
Facility 095 | Posted: 9:30 AM, January 17, 2017
Contractors will be working Jan 17-19 to crack seal roadways at Sandy Creek Park in preparation for paving work scheduled this spring. This work should have minimal impact to park traffic. For more information see the Sandy Creek Park page.
Bridge Replacement on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park
Facility 436 | Posted: 12:15 PM, January 13, 2017
Work to replace Bridge 4 on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park will begin in early February.  This crossing is expected to be unavailable for approximately two months once work begins temporarily eliminating through-access on this popular trail. For full details see the Sandy Creek Park page.
Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo to Close Jan 9 for Replacement
Facility 475 | Posted: 11:30 AM, January 3, 2017
The Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo will close Monday, January 9 as crews begin demolition in order to replace the deck.  Weather permitting, the deck should reopen in late-February or earl March.  For full details see the Memorial Park page.
Boardwalk Closing on Cook's Trail -- Construction Underway
Facility 449 | Updated: 5:30 PM, January 4, 2017 | Posted: 7:30 AM, January 25, 2016
Construction is underway to repair a number of structural issues caused by age and environmental conditions which lead to the closure of one of the boardwalks on Cook's Trail in early 2016.  For more information see the Sandy Creek Park page.
Southeast Clarke Park Dog Park Area 3 Open/Area 1 Closed
Facility 465/467 | Updated: 8:30 AM, December 20, 2016 | Posted: 8:00 AM, March 4, 2016
On Tuesday, December 20, Area 1 at the Southeast Clarke Park Dog Park was closed for rehabilitation as Area 3 reopened. For more information see the Southeast Clarke Park page.
World of Wonder Replacement at Southeast Clarke Park OPEN
Facility 365 | Updated: 8:00 AM, October 13, 2016 | Posted: 7:00 PM, June 8, 2016
Construction on the 2+ acre replacement for the World of Wonder Playground at Southeast Clarke Park wrapped up with a grand opening and dedication  Friday, December 16 at 3:30 PM. Demolition of the old World of Wonder Playground will begin in late January.  For full details, see the Southeast Clarke Park page.
Winterization Scheduled to Begin Monday, November 21
System-Wide | Posted: 9:15 AM, November 10, 2016
Nighttime temperatures are beginning to fall into the 30's, and with more than 100 outdoor water fountains, showers, and spigots across the system, it's time to begin the long process of winterizing our parks to protect from freezing. Over the next few weeks, maintenance crews will shut off water and drain any and all outdoor plumbing that is not specifically designed to be freeze proof. While the parks will remain open, our outdoor plumbing fixtures will be out of service until early April after the last hard freeze. During the winter months we encourage visitors to our outdoor facilities to bring water with them in reusable containers.

For those of you looking for something a little warmer, we encourage you to drop in to any of our indoor facilities. Start a pickup game at East Athens Community Center, play pickleball at Lay Park Community Center, learn a little at Sandy Creek Nature Center, join a class at East Athens Educational Dance Center, see an exhibit at the Lyndon House Arts Center, or check out a show at the Morton Theatre! Check out all of the options in our programming guide.
Sandy Creek Park Stair Reconstruction between Yacht Club and Beach Complete
Facility 489 | Updated: 6:45 PM, November 11, 2016
Reconstruction of the outdoor stairs between the Yacht Club and Beach at Sandy Creek Park wrapped up Monday, November 7 with installation of the new metal grabrails.  Details on the project and a photo of the completed work can be seen on the Sandy Creek Park page.

Maintenance Closures Scheduled for Trail Creek Mountain Bike Trails Closed through April 2017
Facilities 402, 403, 404 | Updated: 3:00 PM, November 17, 2016 | Posted: 12:30 PM, October 19, 2016
Structural damage was discovered on the large trail bridge and it is being fully replaced by April 2017. The two smaller trail bridges on the mountain bike trails will be closed through early December for structural maintenance. For full details see the Trail Creek Park page.
Greenway Bridge to Nature Center Reopens
Maintenance Continues
Facility 219 | Updated: 6:00 PM, January 19, 2017 | Posted: 7:30 AM, October 13, 2016 
The Greenway Bridge crossing Sandy Creek near Sandy Creek Nature Center reopened October 28 following the completion of work to stabilize the west abutment.  While the bridge has reopened, additional minor maintenance work continues but should not pose any issue for users.  For full details, see the Sandy Creek Nature Center page.

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