By Naimah Shaw
When the sun is shining and the kids are getting stir-crazy, head to one of the many local parks and playgrounds throughout the CSRA. We’ve included information on the amenities each park has to offer—and the great news for your family budget is that most are free!
501 Front Street in Hammonds Ferry, North Augusta.
Located on the Savannah River and a stretch of the North Augusta Greenway, the park boasts a large grass area, pavilion and dock.
Brick Pond Park
Located below the North Augusta Municipal Center on Center Street.
Trails, pavilion and a chance to see aquatic life and birds.
2026 Bunting Drive, North Augusta.
Park includes a childrens’ play area and picnic area.
Carolina Bay Nature Preserve
Walk trails, watch wildlife or just enjoy the pleasure of the woods and water that are only a few yards from Whiskey Road. This is a city facility with a difference: a natural wetland with minimal improvements and maximum tranquility.
Charleston Street Playground
292 Charleston Street SE.
Park amenities include outdoor play system for ages 2 to 12, one and one-half basketball courts (no lights), sand box, swing set all with mulch as a fall safe zone.
651 Old Airport Road.
Playground, walking paths, baseball/softball fields and soccer, covered eating areas and ore. Pets are welcome.
City of Aiken—Sprayground
& Track Rentals
945 Barry Johnson Blvd., Citizens Park.
If you are looking to host a birthday party, gathering or special event, consider a rental of the citizens park fields, sprayground, or track! Call for details and information about our rental availability and pricing.
Col. Leroy Hammod Park
Corner of Knobcone Avenue and Curtis Avenue, North Augusta.This quiet neighborhood park is a block from North Augusta High School. Features a winding stream through the middle of the park along with a large playground for the kids.
600 Lake Ave., North Augusta,
Features a large playground area and picnic shelter.
Crosland Park Playground
1676 Aldrich Street NE, Aiken.
This fenced-in park includes a play system for ages 2-12, picnic shelter with five picnic tables, basketball court, walking track and numerous benches.
Curtis Drive Park
1812 Curtis Drive, North Augusta.
Tot lot and picnic area.
Corner of Georgia Avenue and Summer Hill Drive, North Augusta.
Includes picnic tables and a large green space to relax and enjoy.
Eustis Park Playground
1001 Edgefield Ave., Aiken.
Includes a play system for ages 2-12, tot swings, picnic shelters and tables, grills, tennis and basketball courts, walking track and more.
101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta.
The North Augusta Greeneway follows an abandoned right-of-way of the former Central of Georgia Railway (later the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia). The trail meanders 5.5 miles through the riverfront community of North Augusta. It climbs only 200 feet or so over its course from the River Golf Club on the Savannah River through residential neighborhoods and wooded alcoves to its new northern terminus at Bergen Road, just north of I-20. Despite the dense suburban setting, a careful trail design engenders a surprisingly natural environment.
412 Park Ave. SE, Aiken.
Park has two swing sets and three picnic tables.
634 Orangeburg Street NE, Aiken.
Includes a play system for ages 2-12, two board tic-tac-toe games, a swing set and benches.
135 Dupree Place, Aiken.
Wrapped behind a serpentine brick wall and under a canopy of ancient oaks, deodar cedars and magnolias, is Hopelands Gardens. The lazy curves of the paths and garden borders lead visitors throughout a wonderful variety of experiences sure to please visitors of all ages. Wetlands, The Doll House (the former playhouse and schoolhouse from the 1900s), fountains, historic gardens and more. Special events throughout the year.
John C. Calhoun Park
100 West Forest Ave., North Augusta.
(Between Georgia and Carolina Avenues.)
This beautiful park is the setting for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and Carols in the Park.
Kalmia Hill Park
3311 Summit Drive, Aiken.
Play system for ages 2-12, tennis and basketball courts, swing set and walking trail.
Kennedy Colony Playground
1402 Redd Street SE, Aiken.
Play system for ages 2-12, bike rack, benches, one and one-half basketball courts.
355 York Street SE, Aiken.
Handicap accessible play system for ages 2-12, a gazebo, picnic table, benches, grill.
Living History Park
299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta.
A beautiful, natural setting which serves as a frequent community gathering spot for events such as Colonial Days in the Park.
Maude Edgefield Park
400 E. Buena Vista Ave., Aiken.
Tot lot, lighted tennis courts, picnic area and community center. Frequently hosts outdoor summer concerts.
346 Columbia Ave., Aiken.
Picnic shelter and tables, benches, walking track and water fountain.
Perry Memorial Park
720 Abbeville Ave. NE, Aiken.
Picnic shelter, sand walking track, pond, nine holes of disc golf on 24 acres.
100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta.
The Riverview Park Activities Center is the hub of North Augusta’s parks and recreation facilities. Built in 1994, the 94,000 square foot center anchors the city’s 149-acre Riverview Park. Park includes access to the Greenway, walking/jogging track, baseball, softball and tennis, two playgrounds, picnic pavilion and disc golf course.
400 Kershaw Street NE, Aiken
Basketball court, tennis courts, picnic tables, shelter with two grills, walking track and play system for ages 2-12.
738 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta.
Spray Ground, basketball courts, shelter and picnic tables, multi-purpose playing fields, drinking fountains and a walking/jogging track.
Virginia Acres Park
1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken.
Picnic shelter with picnic tables, walking track, play system for ages 2-12, soccer field, tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, 18 holes of disc golf and more.
Wade Hampton Park
300 Georgia Ave., North Augusta
Veterans park dedicated to the veterans of every war since the American Revolution.
Walnut Lane Neighborhood Park
Located in the Walnut Grove subdivision on St. Julian, North Augusta.
Features a playground, a picnic area and a unique boardwalk trail.
Augusta Aquatic Center
3157 Damascus Road.
The Augusta Aquatics Center is the premier aquatic facility in the CSRA. You can swim laps, practice rolling over in a kayak, join an adult or Senior Aqua Fitness program, compete on a swimming or diving team. You can also take a lifeguard training course, practice your flips and spins in the diving area, don a scuba tank and explore underwater life, or even celebrate your birthday with a splash with all of your friends and family.
Augusta Canal and the Augusta Canal
1450 Greene Street.
706-823-0440, ext. 7.
Explore the Augusta Canal. Whether you hike, bike, paddle or just float through Augusta Canal’s history on a guided boat tour, explore the recreation and outdoor experiences along miles of towpath, trail and canal waters. Explore the nation’s only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose. Visit the Augusta Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill to hear the stories of the people who built the canal in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River,and learn about the progress, problems and promise of its 170-year history.
The Augusta Riverwalk spans between 6th and 10th Streets in Downtown Augusta along the Savannah River. The Riverwalk consists of two bricked levels and the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre. The 9th Street and 10th Street Plazas host the two largest water features in downtown
Bernie Ward Community Center
1941 Lumpkin Road.
Includes a gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, picnic area, playground and more.
2740 Mayo Road.
Please call Warren Road Community Center at (706) 860-2833 for availability and booking.
Amenities include a comfort station, two picnic areas, two shelters (electricity not included), water feature, walking track and two playgrounds.
Carrie J. Mays Family Life Center
1014 Eleventh Ave.
Offers a gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor shelter, playground and picnic area.
Charles H. Evans Center & Wood Park
1866 Highland Avenue.
706-733-9210 or 706-261-0424 (Augusta Aquatic Center—for Splash Pad information).
Splash Pad hours:
Monday-Friday, May 23-August 7: 2016, 10 a.m.-5p.m.
Weekends, May 7-May 22, 2016
August 13-September 18, 2016: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Includes a community building and rental facility, commercial kitchen, basketball courts, playground, open space and picnic areas, walking track and water play feature.
Diamond Lakes Regional Park
4335 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah.
Community Center: 706-826-1370.
Adult Athletics: 706-771-2980.
Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.-dusk.
A 286-acre park with two walking tracks, three wooded picnic areas with tables and grills, two playgrounds, four fully stocked fishing ponds, sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, a youth baseball/softball and adult complex, covered pavilion with 10 picnic tables and two grills.
1200 Nellieville Road.
Includes a community center, playground, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts.
902 James Brown Blvd.
www.augustaga.gov/1492/Dyess-Park Community building, picnic area, walking track, comfort station, basketball courts, swimming pool and more.
Eastview Community Center and Park
644 Aiken Street.
Amenities include an athletic ball field, comfort station, community building, outdoor shelter, outdoor walking track, picnic area and playground.
Eisenhower Athletic Complex and Park
1488 Eisenhower Drive.
Athletic fields, district athletic office, open space, outdoor walking track and rental facility.
Flemming Athletic Complex & Office
1915 Daniel Ave.
Athletic fields, basketball courts, district athletic office, playground and rental facility.
Flemming Tennis Center
www.machacademy.com or call (706) 796-5046.
Programs and services provided include: Tutoring/Academic Support, Science, MACH Academy, Inc., established in April of 1992, is a non- profit 501(c) 3 community organization that provides year round classes and camps at the Fleming Tennis Center in Augusta, Georgia and satellite locations throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Programs include technology, engineering and math (STEM) sessions, mentoring, social skills development, tennis/fitness instruction and more.
Henry H. Brigham Community Center, Park & Swim Center
2463 A Golden Camp Road.
Community Center and rental facility, tennis courts, walking track, comfort station, gymnasium, picnic area and playground. The Swim Center houses an indoor heated six-lane pool with handicap ramp.
Jamestown Community Center and Park
3647 Karleen Road, Hephzibah.
Includes outdoor basketball courts, athletic fields, community building, open space, rental facility, playground, picnic area, outdoor walking track and outdoor shelter.
Lake Olmstead Park
2309 Tobacco Road.
This lake/waterfront park includes an athletic field, comfort station, disc golf course, gazebo, outdoor walking track, picnic area, boat ramp and rental facilities.
May Park Community Center
622 4th Street.
Location includes a gymnasium, picnic area, playground, comfort station, rental facility, outdoor walking track, outdoor shelter and fitness room. Offers youth athletics, adult fitness programs and more.
McBean Community Center
1155 Hephzibah-McBean Road, Hephzibah.
Facilities include a community building, playground, comfort station, open space, rental facility, outdoor shelter, picnic area, outdoor walking track and senior services center. Activities include after-school and parent’s night out programs and summer camps.
McDuffie Woods Community Center
3431 Old McDuffie Road.
Amenities include a community center and rental facility, gymnasium, picnic area, tennis courts, comfort station, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor shelter and computer lab. Activities include youth basketball and fitness, dance and karate classes.
1850 Kissingbower Road.
Indoor facility includes a kitchen with tables and chairs for inside use only. Outdoors you’ll enjoy a playground, outdoor shelters and comfort station.
Newman Tennis Center
3103 Wrightsboro Road.
Newman Tennis Center is a municipal tennis facility with 18 hard courts (14 lighted). Offers beginner tennis lessons for adults and children.
Pendleton King Park
1600 Troupe Street.
Park Rentals – 706 796-5025.
Park Caretaker – 706 564-7462.
Summer Hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday 6 p.m.)
Winter Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pendleton King Park is a 64-acre bird sanctuary of great topographic diversity with pine forests, sand ridges and marshes. Includes an arboretum, the Bark Park, a children’s sculpture garden, disc golf course, two playgrounds, trails and wetlands.
Phinizy Swamp & Nature Park
1858 Lock and Dam Road.
phinizycenter.org/park-rentals/ (click on Kid’s Birthday Parties tab)
Located on 1100 acres with 14 miles of biking and hiking trails, and just minutes from downtown Augusta, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park offers visitors the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as Blue Heron, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Otter, Alligator and the elusive Bobcat in their natural setting. Phinizy Swamp Nature park is free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn until dusk. Special programs for all ages, such as guided hikes and bike rides, are scheduled throughout the year.
Sand Hills Community Center & Park
2540 Wheeler Road.
Facilities available include a community building, comfort station, picnic area, playground, rental facility and outdoor walking track. Activities include group exercise classes, arts & crafts classes and more.
Warren Road Community Center
300 Warren Road.
Amenities include a community building and rental facility, gymnasium, playground, covered picnic areas, comfort station, outdoor shelter, outdoor walking track, tennis courts (lights on Monday-Thursday) and outdoor basketball courts (lights on Monday-Thursday). Activities include after-school programs, aerobics, dance, open basketball and more.
WT Johnson Community Center
1610 Hunter Street.
Includes athletic fields, picnic area, playground, basketball court, rental facility, community building and gymnasium.
Blanchard Woods Park
Blanchard Woods Road, Evans.
Four regulation soccer fields, an additional stadium soccer field and a certified cross country course for high school and college competition. The facility has been designed to host state, regional and national competitions.
Euchee Creek Trails
Harlem-Grovetown Road, Grovetown.
Parking, restrooms and walking trails with scenic views. It is one of a series of greenways that will eventually link up and form one long trail that will go from Grovetown to Patriots Park. Another greenway, Grovetown Trails at Euchee Creek, already exists and will be linked up with Euchee Creek Greenway in the future.
Evans Towne Center Park
7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans.
Playground, splash pad, dog park, pavilions and walking track. B-cycle is a bike sharing system located in Evans Towne Center Park that allows patrons to rent bikes for recreational use around Evans. The park is home to the Lady Antebellum Amphitheatre, which regularly is host to family events and concert.
5200 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown.
Two ball fields, basketball court charcoal grills, parking, playground, picnic area, walking trail and tennis courts.
385 Church Street, Harlem.
Amenities include a T-Ball field, youth baseball fields, a batting cage, tennis court, basketball courts, two playgrounds with picnic areas and a covered picnic pavilion.
International Disc Golf Center
International Disc Golf Association
Wildwood Park, Appling.
www.pdga.com or www.pdgatour.com
The International Disc Golf Center opened at Wildwood Park on April 20, 2007. This 2,700 square facility is equipped with a full service pro shop, snack vending area, commons area, meeting rooms, and handicap accessible restrooms. Also located at the center is the “Steady” Ed Headrick Museum that showcases historical items from the early days of the sport.
105 Whiskey Road, Grovetown.
Benches, parking, picnic areas, slides and toys.
1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown.
All fields, community center, concession stand, multi-purpose fields and more. Community Center includes a basketball court, fitness center, gym, kitchen, meeting rooms and more.
100 W. Robinson Ave., Grovetown.
Benches, gazebo, memorial wall, military cannon, parking and swings.
Mistletoe State Park
3725 Mistletoe Rd., Appling.
Located on 71,100-acre Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, this park is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation. Ninety-two campsites, picnic areas, group shelters, special family events throughout the year, canoe outings and more.
5445 Columbia Rd, Grovetown,
Two playground areas, a walking track, 18-hole disc golf course, soccer fields, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, batting cages, and a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts. A variety of facilities are available to rent from a multi-purpose room to gyms and pavilions.
Reed Creek Park and Wetland Interpretive Center
3820 Park Lane, Martinez.
Trails are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. A map is posted on the front door of the education building. Special children’s programs are regularly scheduled and family movie nights and other fun family events are scheduled throughout the year.
Savannah Rapids Park
3300 Evans to Locks Road
Augusta, GA 30907
This 33 acre park is home to the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and the Historic Augusta Canal Headgates. This newly developed area overlooks the picturesque Reed Creek Falls as it flows into the Historic Augusta Canal. Walkers and joggers love the pedestrian bridge that begins the 7.5 mile trail that takes you all the way to Augusta. Or you may simply chose to sit along the banks of Reed Creek and listen to the water rushing past. Picnic pavilions offer shade and a covered area to stop and rest or eat lunch.
4431 Hardy McManus Road, Evans.
Park includes youth baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, two playgrounds, a boat ramp and fishing dock/pier, batting cages and two shelters. The Riverside Dog Park is located behind Riverside Park.
3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling.
Wildwood Park is located on Thurmond Lake (also known as Clarks Hill Lake). This 975 acre park offers access to the 72,000-acre lake which is excellent for fishing and boating activities. Park includes 61 campsites, six lane-mega boat ramps, large parking lot with 231 spaces, home of the International Disc Golf Center & Hall of Fame and three championship disc golf courses, beach area, picnic area, seven covered pavilions and clean restroom and shower facilities in each camping area.