Acworth Parks and Recreation

4361 Cherokee Street | Acworth, GA 30101 | Office: 770-917-1234 | Fax: 470-648-0599
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


After careful thought and consideration, below you will find the most recent information regarding our calculated steps towards gradually increasing access to city parks and activities. The city continues to develop strategies and best practices to modify activities in response to COVID-19 and general park operations in the best interest of our participants, visitors, and employees.


BEACHES AND BOAT RAMPS
Cauble Park, Dallas Landing Park, Proctor Landing Park, and South Shore Park are now open with limited capacity. There is a $10 non-resident parking fee at Cauble Park and South Shore Park during the weekends. There is a non-resident parking fee of $10 at Dallas Landing Park and Proctor Landing Park, seven days a week. The city will only be accepting credit/debit card payments, no cash. All major credit/debit cards are accepted. City of Acworth residents will not be charged a parking fee with the appropriate resident pass.

All visitors shall comply with social distancing restrictions in accordance with Governor Kemp’s most recent executive order. Groups shall be less than 50 and shall be in an area no closer than 6 feet from others in accordance with his order. Crowd size in the parks will be monitored and the parks/beaches may be temporarily closed if social distancing becomes difficult or is grossly ignored. Playgrounds are now open. Pavilions at Dallas Landing and Logan Farm Park are available for rentals for groups 50 or less. The pavilions at Cauble Park and Proctor Landing Park remain closed. Please remember outside personal grills are not allowed in our parks.

Hours of Operation:
Dallas Landing                                   8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Proctor Landing                                  8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
South Shore                                       8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Acworth Beach at Cauble Park          Park: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m./ Beach: Sun Up to Sun Down 

The parking fee applies to Cauble Park and South Shore on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is no parking fee for Cauble Park and South Shore Park Monday-Friday. 

ACWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER
The Acworth Community Center is now open for restricted activities. Pickleball, small group basketball, and walking track are now offered in scheduled times during operation hours. To reserve a time period, please call Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources at 770-917-1234.  

Some exercise classes have resumed.  Contact the Customer Experience team at 770-917-1234 for reservations or click here for a full list of programming options. 

DEPOT HISTORY CENTER
The facility is now open to the public. The facility will be open during its regular operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission to the facility is free.

PLAYGROUNDS
Our playgrounds are now open. We ask that you please review the signage posted at the entrances of our playgrounds and maintain social distancing and personal sanitation practices while at play. 

INDOOR RENTAL FACILITIES
The Acworth Rosenwald School, Roberts School, and Education Center, Logan Farm House, and Tanyard Creek Overlook are now available for rentals for groups of 50 people or less. The Beach House remains closed. 

ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET
The Downtown Acworth Farmers Market will run every Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon through October 30. The market takes place at Logan Farm Park (4405 Cherokee Street). The market will offer a wide variety of Georgia grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh baked goods, honey, and jams each week.

The market will operate under additional safety guidelines to make your experience is enjoyable. There may be times where the number of patrons allowed in the market is restricted to allow for social distancing, please be patient. Our vendors are required to wear masks and there will be a buffer set up at each booth to help mitigate close personal contact. We would ask that you help us by maintaining social distancing protocols when you are shopping as well as consider wearing a mask and leaving pets at home.
 
The Downtown Acworth Farmers Market is proudly sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. If you are interested in more information on being a vendor or just have questions about the market, please call the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Office at 770-917-1234.

SENIOR CITIZEN AND SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMMING
The Recreation Department is offering a variety of virtual programs for our Senior Citizens and our Special Needs Population, click here for registration information. In person programs for these populations continue to be suspended through August 31.  For a full list of current offerings, please click here

GENERAL PROGRAMMING
The city team is working hard to introduce modified programming activities that fall within the local, state, and federal guidelines. Modified programs include three-point competitions, small group sports camps, adult combines, and outdoor classes. For a full list of current offerings, click here.      

We would like to extend our gratitude to our amazing participants, citizens, and visitors who have been patient through this process and who have helped our city staff by honoring our phased opening guidelines. Without these efforts, we would not feel comfortable moving forward in this process.  

The city will continue to evaluate the potential next steps and communicate as we continue to monitor the Georgia Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control recommended guidelines.  For a complete list of modifications to Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Services, click here


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ACWORTHY HAPPENINGS


HILL PARK FUNDRAISER

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The new Doyal Hill Park will begin construction later this summer! Located adjacent to the Rosenwald School and Acworth Community Center, this park will serve as an outdoor interpretive history area featuring public art honoring Acworth's rich African American History. To help raise funds for this public art installation, prints by artist Ron Huffman are now available for presale. Only 100 editions of this print will be produced. Prints will be 11" x 14" (16" x 20" matted). Each print will come matted white with a black interior with a backing board. These numbered pieces will be hand signed by the artist. Frame not included. Prints are priced at $100. To preorder this beautiful artwork and help support public art in our community, please click here


ACWORTH MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY VIDEO



The City of Acworth is honored to recognize those who have given their lives in service to our country. These great men and women sacrificed everything for our nation. Join us in remembrance and celebration of their bravery.

We would like to thank Ashleigh Henderson for her beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Chuck Polk for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, State Representative and U.S. Army Captian Ed Setzler for leading us in prayer, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Doug McKittrick for being our featured speaker.
This video would not have been possible without the team at NorthStar Church. Thank you for allowing us to share this important ceremony during these challenging times.


 

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ACWORTH CELEBRATES 32ND YEAR OF TREE CITY DESIGNATION


IMG_1679On March 5, Mayor Tommy Allegood and Alderman Butch Price presented a proclamation to Sylvia Flanagan of the Acworth Tree Commission in recognition of Acworth's 32nd year of being a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program recognizes cities for their excellence in urban forestry management, and Acworth is one of more than 3,000 Tree City USA's. The City of Acworth had its annual Arbor Day Celebration where citizens gathered at a council meeting to recognize the City's efforts to bring awareness of what trees do for the community. Every year, the Acworth Tree Commission sponsors a poster contest for local schools to get involved in the Arbor Day Celebration. This year's poster theme was "What Song Does Your Tree Sing?" Winners from Acworth Intermediate School, Brookwood Christian School, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Frey Elementary School, and McCall Primary were recognized for their poster designs.
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ACWORTH JOINS GEORGIA EXCEPTIONAL MAIN STREET COMMUNITY

1 GEMSOn December 5, 2019, at the Mayor and Council Meeting, the Georgia Main Street program recognized the City of Acworth as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street community. Georgia's Exceptional Main Street communities, also known as GEMS, represent some of the best Main Street Programs that the state has to offer. These Main Streets have gone above and beyond expectations by making a strong and positive impact in their communities. Acworth is now one of eighteen Georgia cities recognized with the GEMS distinction.  

The Director of the Office of Downtown Development with Georgia Department of Community Affairs Jessica Reynolds addressed Mayor and Council at the December meeting to relay the mission of the Georgia Main Street program and the significance of Acworth’s GEMS recognition. Ms. Reynolds congratulated Acworth on the “commitment to excellence and stable leadership” that led to this designation. Over the past three years, Downtown Acworth has seen $21 million in private and public investment, with 13 new business openings with 43 new jobs created, and Main Street events have attracted over 140,000 visitors to Downtown Acworth. Ms. Reynolds presented the city with a gateway sign to recognize the GEMS designation. The sign reads, “Welcome to Downtown Acworth, a Georgia Exceptional Main Street City!” These signs will be displayed throughout Historic Downtown and the Parkside Redevelopment.

Acworth’s GEMS designation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Assistant Director of Operations and DDA Director Jeff Chase, and all of the other boards and commissions that contribute their time and energy to the city.


ACWORTH PARKS, RECREATION, AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE DEPARTMENT WINS GRPA AGENCY OF THE YEAR

parksstaffOn Wednesday, November 6, the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department received the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Agency of the Year Award in the 20,001-50,000 population category. The award was presented to Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Director James Albright and his team at the GRPA Award Banquet in Dalton, Georgia. The purpose of this award is to recognize exemplary agencies who deliver recreation, park, or leisure related services to their community. Eligible agencies must deliver services that make a significant contribution on a local, state, or regional basis.

The 2019 year has been monumental for the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department. The Acworth Community Center opened its doors on April 25, 2019. This 44,000 square foot facility is home to two-full sized basketball courts, an indoor walking track, an exercise room, and multi-purpose classroom. In addition to these amenities, the center also houses Tanyard Creek Overlook, an elegant banquet space that seats up to 350 for weddings and other events. Since the community center’s grand opening, this facility has seen over 50,000 visitors. The Acworth Community Center has enabled the department to offer additional programs, events, and camps to the city.

Acworth also opened a new historical facility in the Historic Downtown District. Depot Park serves as a historical resource to the community and features electronic displays delivering professionally produced videos to educate the public on Acworth’s rich history. This valuable content of images and oral histories was produced in partnership with the Save Acworth History Foundation. This center is free to the public and maintained by the department’s team.

In addition to these new facilities, the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department maintains 10 additional indoor facilities, 800 acres of greenspace, 10 baseball fields, 2 football fields, an indoor batting facility, 4 beaches on 2 lakes, 2 trail networks, and a rubberized surface baseball field for the Horizon League, an athletic program for children and adults with disabilities. The department's Operations Division also provides landscaping and maintenance of the Historic Downtown area and all parking lots located within the district. The department partners with other local organizations, such as the Tourism Board, Downtown Development Authority, and Acworth Business Association, to host special events throughout the year including Taste of Acworth, the Acworth Arts Festival, and the first annual Pizza, Pints, and Pigskins.

“We have worked extremely hard over the last twenty years to recruit, retain, and develop our talent,” said department Director James Albright, “We have an extremely gifted and talented team that are creating extraordinary experiences in everything they do!”

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit Institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia. It is the only state organization that serves as an advocate for quality recreation and park areas, facilities, programs and services at the local level.


 ACWORTH COACH HONORED DURING WORLD SERIES

The Horizon League’s own Coach Casey Weatherford won tickets to Game 2 of the World Series from Day’s Chevrolet for his service to this program which provides children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events. The coach was touched and surprised by this honor, but the surprises kept coming at the game where he was award Chevrolet’s Youth Coach of the Year.  At the game in Houston, Chevy broadcasted a video featuring Casey’s story of love and dedication to the players in the Horizon League and then gave him the keys to a brand new truck! Casey was honored by the recognition, but was more appreciative of the opportunity to spread awareness of the Horizon League.