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.
Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo Reopened
Facility 475 | Updated: 6:00 PM, February 23, 2017 | Posted: 11:30 AM, January 3, 2017
The Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo reopened today.  Good weather allowed Park Services crews to complete this major project more than two full weeks ahead of schedule.  For full details see the Memorial Park page.
Demolition Underway for Old World of Wonder Playground
Facility 318 | Updated: 7:20 AM, February 21, 2017 | Posted: 9:20 AM, February 9, 2017
Demolition of the old World of Wonder Playground is underway.  For full details, see the Southeast Clarke Park page.
Bridge Replacement on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park
Lakeside Trail Closed to Through Traffic--Out and Back Use ONLY
Facility 436 | Updated: 7:45 AM, February 21, 2017 | Posted: 12:15 PM, January 13, 2017
Work to replace Bridge 4 on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park has begun closing off through-access on Lakeside Trail for approximately 2 months.  For full details see the Sandy Creek Park page.
Trail Closures at Sandy Creek Nature Center -- Extended through February 24
Multiple Facilities | Updated: 5:00 PM, February 17, 2017 | Posted: 07:30 AM, February 13, 2017
All trails North of Sandy Creek Nature Center--including the portion of Cook's Trail on the Nature Center property--are closed to facilitate timber harvesting being conducted as part of the Managed Forest Project.  The originally scheduled closure February 13-17 has been extended through February 24 as harvest activities are continuing.  Patrons should stay clear due to the dangers posed by heavy equipment and falling trees. For a full listing of train closings see the Trail Status page.
Firefly Expansion - Ongoing through December 2017
Facility 517 | Updated: 2:30 PM, February 13, 2017 | Posted: 2:30 PM, February 13, 2017
The first mile of multi-use paved path of the Firefly Trail is currently being constructed. Construction is staging in Dudley Park and causing some maintenance closures in the park. See the Oconee Rivers Greenway page for more information.
North Oconee River Greenway Expansion - Ongoing through December 2017
Facility 483 | Updated: 12:00 PM, February 6, 2017 | Posted: 12:00 PM, February 6, 2017
Construction has begun on an additional 1.28 miles of paved, multi-use path of the North Oconee River Greenway. Construction is staging in the Easley Mill parking lot. See the Oconee Rivers Greenway page for more information.
Easley Mill Parking Lot Closure - Beginning February 20, 2017
Facility 483 | Updated: 12:00 PM, February 6, 2017 | Posted: 12:00 PM, February 6, 2017
The Easley Mill Parking Lot will be closed to accommodate staging of construction equipment related to the North Oconee River Greenway expansion. The lot is expected to reopen in January 2018. Patrons can use the parking lot at Oconee and Poplar Street to access the Greenway and Dudley Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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