Southeast Clarke Park Closings and Maintenance Notices

There are currently three notices and one closure for this location.
Field status and closing information can be found on the Field Status page.
New Pickleball Courts Open at Southeast Clarke Park 
Facility 324 | Updated: 4:30 PM, May 11, 2017 | Posted: 7:30 AM, April 4, 2017
Only finishing touches including windscreens and some minor amenity improvements remain in the work to convert the two tennis courts in the heart of Southeast Clarke Park into six pickleball courts to support this rapidly growing sport.

With the opening of the Tennis Center at Southeast Clarke Park the two original courts in the heart of the park were only rarely in use. The conversion not only provides the county's first dedicated pickleball facility, but also breathes new life into this fifteen year old facility.  Opening of the pickleball courts is expected to bring more than one hundred new patrons to Southeast Clarke Park each week

Windscreens and other finishing touches are expected to be completed by mid-Summer..

Photo of the newly opened pickleball courts at Southeast Clarke Park (Courts 13-18).
Construction at World of Wonder
Facility 365 | Updated: 4:30 PM, May 11, 2017 | Posted: 2:00 PM, May 9, 2017
Funded by the 2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, the construction of the World of Wonder included a small allocation for the inclusion of art which was augmented by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission.  A nationwide call for proposals led to a wide array of proposed projects including the Gyroscope House which was approved by the Mayor and Commission.

The Gyroscope House includes benches, a map of ACC etched into the concrete, painted works, a two level vertical windmill, and prisms which will play with sunlight!
A concept sketch for the World of Wonder Gyroscope House.
Planning for the Gyroscope House has been underway for several weeks and construction began today with a small area of the World of Wonder's main lawn being fenced off.  The artist and contractors are currently planning to complete installation by mid-summer.
Demolition Underway for Old World of Wonder Playground
Facility 318 | Updated: 7:20 AM, February 21, 2017 | Posted: 9:20 AM, February 9, 2017
With the new World of Wonder Park fully online, park maintenance crews have closed the old World of Wonder Playground for demolition.

Originally constructed in 2004, the original World of Wonder Playground has provided thousands of children endless hours of adventure.  Rapid deterioration of the original playground, however, led Athens-Clarke County to begin a replacement project in 2015.  This SPLOST-funded replacement project culminated in the opening of the new World of Wonder Park at Southeast Clarke Park this past December.

With the new play area open, the original World of Wonder Playground is scheduled to close the week of February 13 as crews fence off the area in preparation to remove the old structure.  Current plans call for the handprint wall, brick plaza, time capsule, and dedication monument for the original playground to remain in place as a reminder of the amazing community effort--both financially and in terms of volunteer labor--that created the original World of Wonder.
As part of the fundraising efforts for the former WOW Playground, between 2002 and 2004, individuals could purchase pickets for the fence that surrounded the play area.  Approximately 100 pickets have been saved from the demolition of the old playground.  These pickets, with donor names on them, are now at the ACC Tennis Center, located at 4460 Lexington Road.  They may be picked daily from May 1 - May 15, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

After May 15, the pickets will be stored at the Department’s Park Services Division office at 315 Pound Street until December 31, 2017.  Anyone who wishes to claim his/her picket after May 15, will need to contact Keith Kirkland at or call 706-613-3801, ext. 25.  After December 31, 2017, staff will be dispose of all remaining pickets.

The demolition project and associated restoration of the area is expected to take several months to complete.  As always we ask that all patrons use caution when near any construction area and follow all posted signage, fencing, and barricades throughout our parks.

Dog Park Area 1 to Open/Area 3 to Temporarily Close for Rehabilitation

Facility 465/467 | Posted: Noon, April 27, 2017

Heavy use of the new dog parks at Southeast Clarke Park compacts the soils at the entries and takes a heavy toll on grass and other natural ground cover.  To address this issue, the dog park was designed with 3 areas which are rotated periodically allowing crews to conduct remediation and giving the natural environment time to recover.

Crews will reopen Area 1 and close Area 3 of the Dog Park as we continue this regular rotation to preserve and maintain this highly popular facility. Once new grass has fully established, crews will once again rotate area closings.  Area closings will continue to rotate periodically to allow ongoing maintenance of all three Dog Park areas.

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