Programs & Events Guide RECREATION AND PARKS DIVISION
City of Johns Creek
10700 Abbotts Bridge Road
RECREATION FOR ALL Johns Creek Recreation and Parks enriches the quality of life for the Johns Creek community by providing recreational, educational and wellness programs within facilities, parks, and natural open spaces. Johns Creek is committed to enhancing the well being of its residents and visitors through comprehensive recreation and park programs, facilities, and services. The Recreation & Parks Division maintains over 400 acres of parkland and nature preserves. In addition to the cityâ€™s four main parks, the city now has two new pocket parks, one new neighborhood park, and two new large parks. Programming within the parks includes activities and sports for youth and people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
We encourage you to take a stroll, join a class, catch an outdoor concert, learn a little more about the history of our area, and just take some time to enjoy one of our most important assets, our parks.
CONTENTS Registration & Policies
Programs & Special Events
Park Place Senior Center
Adaptive Recreation 18 Partner Associations 20
Parks & Facilities 22
Kirk Franz, Recreation Manager, CPRP Kirk.Franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov Robby Newton, Parks Manager, CPRP Robby.Newton@JohnsCreekGA.gov Sunnie McWalters, Recreation Coordinator, CPRP Sunnie.McWalters@JohnsCreekGA.gov Maggie Barker, Park Place Program Coordinator Maggie.Barker@JohnsCreekGA.gov Tracy Stephens, Parks Superintendent Tracy.Stephens@JohnsCreekGA.gov
Johns Creek City Hall 10700 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Suite 190 Johns Creek, GA 30097 11360 Lakefield Drive Johns Creek, GA 30097 (Opens Spring 2019) 678-512-3200 JohnsCreekGA.gov Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
REGISTRATION: REC1 ONLINE
Residents and non-residents are able to register for programs, rent park facilities, and take virtual tours of the parks by visiting www.JohnsCreekGA.gov.
NON-RESIDENT FEE POLICY Non-residents will pay an increased fee of 50% for most City of Johns Creek programs and facility rentals. Non-resident fees are collected from participants that participate in Johns Creek programs that do not live within the City limits. The City’s “Parks without Borders” partnership with the City of Alpharetta waives non-resident fees in youth softball, youth baseball, and youth lacrosse.
REGISTRATION - REFUND POLICY • • • • • • •
Registration can be completed online (for most programs) or in-person at Park Place (senior center) located inside Newtown Park. Return checks are subject to a $35 fee. Refund requests must be in writing and are subject to approval by Recreation & Parks staff. A $20 processing fee will apply to most refunds. When applicable, no refunds for programs will be issued after the first class. Refunds are issued either by check or by reversing credit card charges (but may take up to 30 days for processing). There are no cash refunds.
FACILITY RENTALS Interested in renting a park facility? The City offers pavilions, tennis courts, amphitheater, and the Newtown Park Community Clubhouse for rental use. For more info, visit the Rec1 page on the City website, www.johnscreekga.gov
COMMERCIAL USE POLICY Johns Creek City Code does not allow solicitation or commercial activity in our City park facilities without a permit. Coaching, teaching, working with individuals (children, teens, adults) for pay is considered commercial activity. To obtain a permit, please contact Kirk Franz, Recreation Manager at 678-512-3200.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO POLICY Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division may photograph or videotape registrants, participants, and spectators in our programs, special events, or facilities. Such photographs are for City use only and may be used in publications, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, websites, or video productions.
SPECIAL EVENT CANCELLATION
CANCELLATION POLICY • • •
Any classes/programs not meeting minimum enrollment requirements may be postponed or cancelled. If your class/program is cancelled, you will be notified. Classes also may be cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor scheduling conflicts. A full refund will be given for cancelled classes/programs.
Special Event cancellations caused by inclement weather, etc. will be posted on the City website at www.JohnsCreekGA. gov and on social media (Facebook and Twitter).
PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
LEGO WORKSHOP LEGO Workshop Ages: 6 - 11 yrs Firehouse #62 Community Room Date: Monday, March 11 Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost $30 resident / $45 non-resident Info: Registration begins Feb. 1 and ends March 1.. Register online at JohnsCreekGA.gov or by contacting Recreation and Parks at 678-512-3200.
LEGO SPRING BREAK CAMP Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building systems with guidance from Play-Well Teknologies. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of engineering ‘FUN’damentals. Camps are open to children ages 5-12. Date: Cost:
April 1 - April 5 $150 Residents; $225 Nonresidents
Ages: : 5 - 7 yrs (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.); 7 - 12 yrs (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Info: Registration begins March 1 and ends March 22. Register online at JohnsCreekGA.gov or by contacting Recreation and Parks at 678-512-3200.
EASTER EGG DASH Spring is in the air and the City of Johns Creek is eggcited to host the Easter Egg Dash for children ages 10 and younger. Enjoy games, activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Please bring a basket to collect eggs and a camera for photos. Date: Time: Dash Times: Cost:
Saturday, April 13 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Shakerag Park 11:30 a.m. - Ages 0-2 and 3-4 12:30 p.m. - Ages 5-7 & 8-10 FREE
FREE OUTDOOR FITNESS If you are looking to try something new or just enjoy working out in a fun outdoor atmosphere, the Outdoor Fitness classes are a great workout. Join us for Yoga, Zumba, and more! Certified instructors teach these popular classes and all fitness levels are welcome. No registration required. Visit JohnsCreekGA.gov for exact dates and classes. Dates: Time:
Sundays, April - October 10 a.m. Newtown Park - Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater FREE Must be 16+ or accompanied by an adult.
PITCH-HIT-RUN Young baseball enthusiasts can test their skills at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition. Open to ages 7 - 14. Those that compete have the opportunity to advance to the finals and compete at the National All-Star Game. Date: Time:
Saturday, April 27 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ocee Park Field #3 FREE
JOHNS CREEK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL The Johns Creek International Festival is a celebration of the best traditional food, music, and art from our own backyard. We invite everyone to come dance, eat, drink, and play on April 27, 2019 at Heisman Field, located across from the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Dr. Date: Time:
Saturday, April 27 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Atlanta Athletic Club - Heisman Field 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek FREE www.JCInternationalFest.com
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Enjoy live music at the Johns Creek Summer Concert Series! This free family friendly concert series is held at Newtown Park at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Reserved table seating is also available for each concert. Visit JohnsCreekGA.gov for reservations.
May 3 Chicago Rewired (Chicago Tribute Band)
*Attendees cannot bring their own alcohol into the amphitheater. No pets or tents allowed. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, blankets, and lawn chairs.
August 3 Edwin McCain
6 p.m. Gates Open 7 p.m. Concert Newtown Park - Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater FREE
May 31 Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Tribute Band)
September 7 TRIBUTE (Allman Brothers Tribute Band) ThE Core Tribute (Eric Clapton Tribute) October 5 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
TOUCH-A-TRUCK The Johns Creek Public Works Department presents the annual Touch-A-Truck event! All future engineers and big equipment enthusiasts welcome. Come out for a chance to check out the Cityâ€™s construction equipment and participate in fun games and demonstrations. Date: Time: Cost:
Saturday, May 18 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Newtown Park FREE
MOVIES AT NEWTOWN PARK Join friends and family at Newtown Park over the summer season for some outdoor family fun. Gather ‘round a huge outdoor movie screen for a drive-in style movie experience. All movies are rated G to PG. Food is available for purchase through food trucks. The Movies at Newtown series is sponsored by Northside Hospital. Titles are announced one week prior to event.
Celebrate our country’s independence at Newtown Park with live music by Crystal Clear Band (Dance Party Band), activities, food, and an exceptional fireworks display! Be sure to show your patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue.
*No pets or tents allowed. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, blankets, and lawn chairs.
Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Reserved table seating is also available. Visit JohnsCreekGA.gov for reservations.
June 8 July 13 August 10 7 p.m. Newtown Park FREE
LEGO SUMMER CAMP Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building systems with guidance from PlayWell Teknologies. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of engineering ‘FUN’damentals. Camps are open to children ages 5-12. Dates: June 24 - 28 Newtown Community Clubhouse July 15 - 19 Fire Station #62 Community Room Camp Cost: $150 Residents; $225 Non-residents Ages: 5 - 7 yrs (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 7 - 12 yrs (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Info: Registration begins May 1 and ends one week prior to camp date. Register online at JohnsCreekGA. gov or by contacting Recreation and Parks at 678-512-3200.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
*Attendees can not bring their own alcohol into the amphitheater. No pets or tents allowed. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, blankets, and lawn chairs. Date: Wednesday, July 3 Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Newtown Park - Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater Cost: FREE
JOHNS CREEK AQUATIC TEAM (JCAT) The City sponsored Johns Creek Aquatic Team is comprised of qualified swimmers from local neighborhood/ subdivision swim teams. JCAT competes at the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association (GRPA) state swim meet. For more information please visit the City website at JohnsCreekGA.gov. Event:
JCAT Qualifier Meet/ ASA Fulton County Swim Meet
Location: GA Tech Aquatic Center Event
GRPA State Swim Meet
July 19 - 20
PUP-A-PALOOZA Bring your dogs and family to Johns Creek’s “Pup-APalooza.” This fun event features live music, caricature sketches of people with their furry BFFs, and more. There are contests for Best Dressed Dog and Best Dog Trick. Contest participants can register at the event. Date: Time:
Saturday, September 21 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Newtown Park Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater FREE Vendor Registration: Aug 1 - Sept 13 JohnsCreekGA.gov 678-512-3200 *pet-related vendors only
Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center
ADULT SOFTBALL Adult participants of all skill levels competitively play slow pitch softball. All teams participate in an end-of-season single-elimination tournament. Season Dates: Game Days: Game Times: Location: Ages: Cost:
August 20 - October 15 Tuesday nights 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. Ocee Park, Field #4 Must be at least 18 years of age $450 per team (Teams required to provide their own numbered jerseys) Non resident players: $15 extra per non-resident Registration begins: July 1 Registration deadline: July 26
MLB PLAY BALL Mayor Mike Bodker will host Johns Creek youth as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) support of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative. “Play Ball” focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages participation in related activities. Attendees will participate in a variety of baseball fundamental activities. Date: Saturday, August 24 Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ocee Park Cost: FREE
JOHNS CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL The annual Johns Creek Arts Festival features local artists and entertainment, as well as children’s activities and food. Date: Saturday, October 19; Sunday, October 20 Time:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sunday Atlanta Athletic Club - Heisman Field 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek FREE www.JohnsCreekArtsFestival.com
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL & COMMUNITY SAFETY DAY
The annual Johns Creek Fall Family Festival features music, games, activities, arts & crafts, moonwalk, giant slide, obstacle course, and more. Community Safety Day features the Johns Creek Fire and Police Departments, who perform a variety of safety demonstrations. Presentations include S.W.A.T. demonstrations by the North Metro S.W.A.T. team, car-seat safety checks, K-9 demonstrations, fire extinguisher demonstrations, safety presentations and more. Date: Saturday, October 26 Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Newtown Park Cost: FREE Info: Vendor Registration: Sept 1 - Oct 11 JohnsCreekGA.gov 678-512-3200
HONORING OUR VETERANS Join us as we celebrate, honor, and thank those who have served in our nation’s military services. Date: Saturday, November 16 Time: 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Newtown Park - Veterans’ Memorial Walk Cost: FREE
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE & DREIDEL LIGHTING Join us to kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree and dreidel lighting! Enjoy holiday songs, cozy up to a fire and roast some marshmallows, and visit with live reindeer. And, don’t forget pictures with Santa! Date: Time: Cost:
Thursday, December 5 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Newtown Park FREE
FOUNDERS DAY PARADE The Johns Creek Founders Day Parade is a kick-off to the North Fulton holiday season. Some of the parade highlights include musical groups, local neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, civic clubs, and businesses. Date: Saturday, December 7 Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge and West Cost: FREE Info: Groups interested in participating should contact Karen Negri at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA “Breakfast with Santa” gives our special guests time with the Big Elf himself, lots of delectable goodies, music and holiday activities. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera. Dates: Saturday, December 14
9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Newtown Park - Park Place $20 per resident child, $30 per non-resident child Registration is required and space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult (limit of two adults per family). Registration begins November 1 and ends November 29.
NON-STOP FUN AND FITNESS
YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS CLUBHOUSE FITNESS The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division offers adult fitness classes to help you get in shape, stay energized, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. All classes are held at the Newtown Community Clubhouse located at Newtown Park and are taught by certified instructors. All fitness levels are welcome. Space is limited; please register early. (Must be age 16 or older at the time of the class). For a detailed schedule, class fees, and to register, please visit JohnsCreekGA.gov.
PICKLEBALL Come check out one of the fastest growing sports in the nationâ€Ś.Pickleball! Pickleball is played on a small court and a is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. New Pickleball Courts coming to Newtown Tennis Center #4. Temporary Pickleball nets, paddles and balls are set up under the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater for open play on a first come-first served basis. Dates: Mondays & Fridays year round Time: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Newtown Park - Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater Cost: FREE
WALK WITH A DOC Walk with a Doc (WWAD), a health program that brings doctors and patients together. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Newtown Park, at the Veterans Memorial Walk. The walks take place on the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR ACTIVE SENIORS
Park Place at Newtown School offers a variety of fun, interesting, and educational activities for Johns Creek residents, ages 62+. Free/low cost activities such as bocce, movie matinĂŠes, book club, bridge, and canasta, as well as social clubs, day trips, lunch & learns, and more are offered at the center. Programming also includes exercise classes like yoga, Zumba, and Silver Sneakers / FLEX program, which is funded by insurance companies and works with adult activity centers like Park Place to provide certified instructors who offer free or reduced cost fitness classes and programs.
General Information: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - Noon. First & Third Thursday of the month, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Second & Fourth Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon Closed Sunday & City holidays 3125 Old Alabama Road (located inside Newtown Park)
Contact: Maggie Barker, Park Place Program Coordinator Maggie.Barker@JohnsCreekGA.gov Marilyn Bergdoll, Recreation Leader II Marilyn.Bergdoll@JohnsCreekGA.gov
Amy Hall, Recreation Leader II Amy.Hall@JohnsCreekGA.gov 678-512-3430 ParkPlace@JohnsCreekGA.gov www.JohnsCreekGA.gov/ParkPlace
INCLUSIVE FUN FOR EVERYONE
ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROGRAMS & EVENTS The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division offers programs and events to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Our Adaptive Recreation Programs & Events are designed to expose participants to new experiences; enhance selfesteem, self-confidence, and independence; and promote community involvement. Families who have an individual with a disability are welcome to join us at these events!
EASTER EGG DASH Enjoy a fun morning of games and the Easter Bunny! Donâ€™t forget to bring your basket and camera. No registration required. Date: Saturday, April 13 Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Newtown Park - Park Place Cost: FREE Ages: All ages welcome
YOUNG ADULT BOCCE BALL & GAME NIGHT The Recreation and Parks Division and our partner Michael Stinson, CPT, invite members of the community (18 years and older) with special needs to play Bocce Ball. Date: Time: Cost: Ages: Info:
Every other Tuesday, January - December 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Newtown Park - Park Place FREE 18+ yrs Register or receive more information by contacting Michael Stinson at 716-818-3475 or email@example.com.
YOUNG ADULT BINGO NIGHT Join us for Bingo Night, presented in partnership with Great Prospects. Parents are encouraged to drop off young adults to enjoy an evening of bingo, pizza, drinks, prizes, and fun! Dates: Time: Cost: Ages: Info:
Friday, July 26; Friday, November 15 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Newtown Park - Park Place $12 All ages welcome RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-314-4243.
SUMMER KICK-OFF PICNIC Join us for the Summer Kick-Off Picnic, put on in partnership with Great Prospects and Johns Creek Civitans. The event includes free food, a petting zoo, music, activities, and fun! Registration for this event is required through Rec1. Register online or by contacting the Recreation and Parks Division. Date: Time: Cost: Ages: Info:
Saturday, May 11 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Newtown Park - Park Place FREE All ages welcome For more information contact Kirk Franz at 678-512-3200 or email Kirk.Franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov
YOUNG ADULT DANCE NIGHT Join us for an evening of dancing, pizza, drinks, DJ Sammy and lots of fun! Parents are encouraged to drop off young adults, ages 15 years and older, to enjoy the dance. Date: Friday, September 6 Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Newtown Park - Burkhalter Amphitheater Cost: $12 Ages: 15+ Info: RSVP to info@greatprospectsinc. org or call 770-314-4243.
LUNCH WITH SANTA “Lunch with Santa” gives our special guests time with the Big Elf himself, lots of delectable goodies, music and holiday activities. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera. Dates:
Saturday, December 14 12 p.m. Newtown Park - Park Place FREE Registration is required and space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult (limit of two adults per family). Registration begins November 1 and ends November 29.
FUN PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO
PARKS AND FACILITIES Autrey Mill Nature Preserve 9770 Autrey Mill Rd
Ocee Park 10900 Buice Road
Bell-Boles Park* 10575 Bell Road
Shakerag Park 10945 Rogers Road
Cauley Creek Park* 7255 Bell Road
State Bridge Park* 10610 State Bridge Road
Morton Road Park* 4860 Morton Road
Linear Park* Medlock Bridge Road, near Johns Creek Parkway
Newtown Park 3150 Old Alabama Road
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve 9770 Autrey Mill Road Forty-six forested acres, with over 2 miles of walking trails winding past a scenic creek. Facilities include several historical buildings, replica Native American dwellings, and live animal displays. It’s a popular location for scouting activities.
Newtown Park 3150 Old Alabama Road Fifty-two acre park with 3 softball / baseball fields, 3 multi-purpose athletic fields, 6 tennis courts, 2 outdoor basketball courts, a 2-mile multi-use path, 13 picnic pavilions, Dream Dog Park, Newtown Park Amphitheater, Veterans Memorial Walk, community garden, 2 playgrounds and a small lake. Park Place at Newtown School and the Newtown Community Clubhouse are located in the park. MARK BURKHALTER AMPHITHEATER The Mark Burkhaltter Amphitheater provides a delightful venue for special events and summer concerts. The 10,600 square-foot open-air amphitheater offers up to 400 seats under cover, and another 1,000 seats on its terraced grass surroundings. NEWTOWN PARK COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE The Newtown Park Community Clubhouse can be rented to host meetings and small social gatherings. It’s equipped with one ADA restroom, a small kitchen, a meeting room that is approximately 28ftX28ft, and five 6-foot tables and fifty chairs. Max occupancy is 75. A minimum of two hours is required for event rental. JOHNS CREEK VETERANS MEMORIAL WALK The Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, inside Newtown Park, serves as a place for visitors to reflect on the sacrifice of those who served in the military and as a location for patriotic events in Johns Creek. NEWTOWN DREAM DOG PARK The Newtown Dream Dog Park has 2-acres of artificial turf, sprinklers for dogs to play in, obstacles to play on, plus water fountains for pets. It’s a popular destination for dog lovers across Metro Atlanta and was ranked one of the best in the country by USA Today. NEWTOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN The 41-plot Community Garden is located inside Newtown Park and contains 35, 4’x8’ raised beds, 4 tall planting tables and 2 beds that are handicap accessible. The garden is managed by the Johns Creek Garden Association.
Ocee Park 10900 Buice Road Thirty-seven acre park with 8 lighted softball/baseball fields, 4 picnic pavilions, 2 playgrounds, 2 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 2 outdoor basketball courts and a 1/2 mile walking/jogging track.
Shakerag Park 10945 Rogers Circle Sixty-six acre park with a lake (3.8 acres), playground, 3 picnic shelters, quarter-mile jogging track, 3 large multipurpose athletic fields and 2 miles of nature trails.
FRIENDS MAKE EVERYTHING MORE FUN
The City’s Recreation & Parks Division partners with several non-profit park associations that provide a variety of recreational programs and park improvements:
AUTREY MILL NATURE PRESERVE ASSOCIATION Provides year-round nature, historic, and scout badge programs, camps, and concerts. AutreyMill.org
Provides year-round youth sports programming, including soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, flag football, tennis and more. NewtownRec.com
JOHNS CREEK GARDEN ASSOCIATION
OCEE PARK ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Manages/operates the City’s Community Garden in Newtown Park. JohnsCreekGardenA@gmail.com
Provides spring and fall youth t-ball and baseball programs. OceePark.com
JOHNS CREEK VETERANS ASSOCIATION Monthly meetings, events, and activities for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. JCvets.org
Programs & Events Guide RECREATION AND PARKS DIVISION
City of Johns Creek
10700 Abbotts Bridge Road
Guide to the City of Johns Creek 2019 Recreation and Parks programs.