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Lay Park


  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Adult / Senior programs
  3. Basketball court
  4. Children's programs
  5. Computer lab
  6. Fitness room
  7. Game room
  8. Gymnasium
  9. Holiday events
  10. Internet
  11. Kitchen
  12. Library
  13. Rental Opportunities
  14. Restrooms
  15. Summer camp
  16. Swimming pool
  17. Teen programs
  18. Tennis court
Park Amenities
Athens' only downtown park, the seven-acre Lay Park is equipped with a gymnasium, full-service kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, game room, fitness room, dance room, a library, arts and crafts room, picnic shelter, playground, and much more.

Temporary Closing for Maintenance:
Lay Park's community center will temporarily close for necessary repairs to the gymnasium floors.

The center  will be closed starting Saturday, November 21 and will re-open Monday, November 30 at 8 AM. The center will be closed to the public due to the dust and heavy chemical odors generated during the refinishing project.

Facility Closing:
Lay Park will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3 for the Downtown Parade of Lights and will re-open Friday, December 4 at 8:00 a.m.

Online Registration:
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department now has online registration for programs for adults and children. All programs are open to Athens-Clarke County residents and non county residents.  

Registration for youth and adult programs takes place online starting with the Winter 2015-16 program registration.  Review the selection of programs and create your free online account today!
For more information call 706-613-3596.

The facility underwent a SPLOST-funded renovation in 2001 and 2002.  

Lay Park is closed on Saturdays where there is a University of Georgia home football game.

Learn more about Lay Park:

  • Aquatics 
  • Basketball Courts 
  • Camps 
  • Family Programs 
  • Fitness and Wellness 
  • Game Rooms 
  • General Recreation 
  • Holiday Events 
  • Libraries/Resource Rooms 
  • Picnic Shelters 
  • Playground 
  • Rentals 
  • Senior/Active Adults 
  • Special Events 
  • Tennis Courts 
  • Volunteer