Park and Facility Closings

Keep up with all the latest news and information about current and upcoming closures and maintenance for Leisure Services. Parks with current notices are listed in the menu at left. This page is updated as information becomes available, so check back often.

Bear Hollow Zoo - Completed ahead of schedule - April 4, 2018 
Location 02 | Posted: 8:00 AM, March 16, 2018 

NOTE: The project at Bear Hollow Zoo finished ahead of schedule and the zoo is back open as of 9 AM, Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.

Work to improve water availability throughout the zoo will begin on April 2nd and is expected to take no more than 5 days to complete. These repairs will necessitate the use of heavy equipment throughout the zoo. This temporary closure will affect the entire zoo area. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we anticipate that Bear Hollow will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, April 7 2018. This update to the facility will replace the existing network of fresh water plumbing and spigots to allow for easier access to water for the animal enclosures and facilities within the zoo. The remainder of Memorial Park will remain open through the week so feel free to come feed the ducks, have a picnic, or bring your pet to the dog park!

Winterization Notice  
System-Wide | Posted: 4:30 PM, November 8, 2017 
Forecasts are predicting lows in the 30's on the horizon 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 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.

Southeast Clarke Park Dog Park Area 3 Open/Area 1 Closed 
Facility 465/467 | Posted: 9:00 AM September 25, 2017
On Monday, September 25, 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.

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