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General Information Our Mission

Dawson County Parks & Recreation’s primary mission is to create a fun, safe, and nurturing environment for which people of all ages can grow, benefit, and enjoy the quality of life through diverse recreational and leisure opportunities.

Directory..............................................................4 Parks and Facilities........................................ 5-11 Athletic Programs........................................ 12-18 Stay In Touch.....................................................19 Camps and Clinics....................................... 20-21 Classes and Instructional Activities...................22

Fitness and Wellness................................... 24-26 Special Events...................................................27 Dawson County Senior Center............................28 Dawson Transit..................................................29 Looking Ahead...................................................31

Parks & Recreation Hours of Operation Veterans Memorial Park

Park Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00AM-10:00PM Lloyd Crane Center Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00AM-9:00PM / CLOSED Sunday

Rock Creek Park Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00AM-10:00PM Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM Recreation Center Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00AM-9:00PM / Sunday 1:00-9:00PM “Open Gym” Hours: Sunday 1:00-9:00PM

War Hill Park Park Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00AM-10:00PM Campsites open April 1 thru October 31

River Park Park Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00AM-10:00PM

ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS GUIDE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Visit www.dawsoncounty.org/ departments/recreation for updated information.

Holiday closings are available at www.dawsoncounty.org/departments/recreation

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Directory DAWSON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION Mailing Address: P.O. Box 808 Dawsonville, GA 30534 Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org Website: www.dawsoncounty.org | Phone: (706) 344-3646 or (706) 344-3648 | Fax: (706) 344-3647 INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION 706-344-3646/3648 EXT. 500 The inclement weather line is activated at the close of business hours on days of inclement weather. Dawson County Parks & Recreation uses RainedOut to inform you about cancelled events, changed plans, new directions, and more. RainedOut delivers our urgent alerts to you as a text message or email. Check out the RainedOut ad on Page 17 of this publication for instructions on how to subscribe. Rock Creek Sports Complex 445 Martin Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 | Phone: (706) 344-3646 or (706) 344-3648 | Fax: (706) 344-3647 Veterans Memorial Park 186 Recreation Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 | Phone: (706) 344-3600 or (706) 344-3601 | Fax: (706) 344-3610 Pool (at Veterans) 32 Recreation Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 | Phone: (706) 344-3602 (Seasonal) War Hill Park 4081 War Hill Park Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 River Park Hwy 9 South Dawsonville, GA 30534

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STAFF DIRECTORIES: PARKS & RECREATION STAFF 706-344-3646 Director: Lisa Henson Ext. 222 | lhenson@dawsoncounty.org Athletics: Joey Carder/Athletic Director Ext. 230 | jcarder@dawsoncounty.org Greg Lawrence/Athletic Assistant Ext. 300 | glawrence@dawsoncounty.org Meghan Purvis/Athletic Assistant mpurvis@dawsoncounty.org Tom Whalen/Athletic Assistant twhalen@dawsoncounty.org Programs & Activities: Buffie Hamil/ Programs & Facilities Coordinator Ext. 224 | bhamil@dawsoncounty.org Facility Rentals & Customer Service: Kris Rowan/Customer Relations Specialist Ext. 221 | krowan@dawsoncounty.org Business Relations: Ronda Watson/Business Relations Specialist Ext. 225 | rwatson@dawsoncounty.org Maintenance: Ronnie Cronan/Maintenance Staff Billy Mahaffey/Maintenance Staff Daniel Flake/Maintenance Staff Andrew Lovingood/Maintenance Staff Parks & Recreation Board Chad Cofield Tony Kellar Warren King Heather Tierney Spencer Wright Board meets the 2nd Monday of odd numbered months 5:30PM at Rock Creek Dawson County Manager Randall Dowling 25 Justice Way | Suite 2236 | Dawsonville, GA 30534 706) 344-3501 Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman: Mike Berg District 1: Sharon Fausett District 2: James Swafford District 3: Jimmy Hamby District 4: Julie Hughes-Nix

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Parks & Facilities River Park

Open year-round | 7 days a week 7:00AM-10:00PM • Light on-site • Canoe launch • Covered pavilion (no fee for public use) • Portable restroom on-site • No fee for put-in ($3 fee applies to take-out at Kelly Bridge) The Etowah River passes gently through the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area with only a couple of easy Class I-II rapids. This 9.5 mile “run” has a low “degree of difficulty”, which allows you ample time to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the river.This river float is an easy float; however, there are a few fast-water areas that do require care in maneuvering around the eddies. Real-time water levels can be obtained from http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02389150. From River Park Canoe Launch to Kelly Bridge Road take-out, travel is approximately 9.5 miles. Travel time will vary 3-5 hours, depending on water level.

Let’s Go Canoeing!!! Scenic Canoe, Kayak, & Tubing Trips Great for the entire family!

Chestatee and Etowah Rivers near Dahlonega Including Dawson Forest!

Appalachian Outfitters 800-426-7117 • 706-864-7117 www.canoegeorgia.com

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Parks & Facilities Rock Creek Sports Complex

Small Pavilion • Outdoor open, covered pavilion • Picnic tables and seating for approx. 25 people • $35 residents / $55 non-residents Large Pavilion • Outdoor open, covered pavilion • Picnic tables and seating for approx. 60 • $65 residents / $85 non-residents TV Room • Inside Recreation Center • Tables and chairs for approx. 20 people • $25 residents / $45 non-residents for 5-hour rental ($15 per each additional hour) Class/Meeting Room • Inside Recreation Center • Tables and chairs for approx. 40 people available • $50 residents / $70 non-residents for 5-hour rental ($15 per each additional hour) Community Room • Inside Recreation Center • Tables and chairs for approx. 100 people available • $100 residents / $120 non-residents for 5-hour rental ($15 per each additional hour) Gymnasiums • $75 residents / $95 non-residents for 4-hour rental ($20 per each additional hour) per gym • “Open Gym”: Sundays 1:00-9:00PM Weight Room • Up to 5 members of the same household per membership • Open Monday through Saturday 8:00AM-9:00PM • Under 16 years of old must be accompanied by parent/guardian • 9 pieces of equipment: 3 treadmills | 1 elliptical 1 recumbent bike | 1 lat/pull down | 1 bench press 1 leg curl | 1 ab/back machine • $25 residents / $45 non-residents for 3-month membership Baseball | Softball Fields 4 T-Ball Fields (125 ft) | 4 Baseball/Softball Fields (220 ft) 2 Baseball/Softball Fields (300 ft) • $100 residents / $120 non-residents per day per field (no lights) • $175 residents / $195 non-residents per day with lights. Soccer Fields 3 regulation-size fields • Currently not available for rental purposes Outdoor Basketball Courts • $65 residents / $85 non-residents per court per day for event use • No fee for public use Tennis Courts • $65 residents / $85 non-residents per court per day for event use • No fee for public use Walking Trail • 1.1 mile • 6 ft. wide asphalt • Lights on timer • $65 per day for event use • No fee for public use Rotary Island Splash Pad • Open May-September, Monday-Sunday, 10:00am-8:00pm • No fee for public use • Not available for rental purposes • Located beside Small Pavilion • Restrooms nearby 6

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www.dahlonegagymnastics.com Life Needs Confidence. Gymnastics is in our nature. Dahlonega Gymnastics provides a safe, fun, and supportive environment where kids of all ages can develop the skills they need to achieve their potential. Want to help your child get the hang of a healthy, happy, life? Join Dahlonega Gymnastics today!

Conveniently located off GA 400 ten

minutes north of the North Georgia Premium Outlets!

10,000 sqft. Professional designed facility with foam pits and trampolines!

Programs for boys and girls ages 18 months to adult.

Birthday Parties! Entire gym is reserved for you and friends.

Preschool Fun Friday!

Online registration at

www.dahlonegymnastics.com

190 Chestatee Industrial Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533 Tel: 706-864-8516

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Parks & Facilities Veterans Memorial Park Small Pavilion | 1 available • Outdoor open, covered pavilion • Picnic tables and seating for approx. 25 people • $35 residents / $55 non-residents for all day rental Large Pavilion | 1 available • Outdoor open, covered pavilion • Picnic tables and seating for approx. 60 • $65 residents / $85 non-residents for all day rental Gymnasium | 1 available • Located inside Lloyd Crane Center • $75 residents / $95 non-residents for 4-hour rental ($20 per each additional hour) Baseball | Softball Fields 1 Baseball/Softball Field (200 ft) | 1 Baseball/Softball Field (185 ft) | 2 Baseball/Softball Fields (220 ft.) 1 Baseball/Softball Field (340 ft) • $100 residents / $120 non-residents per day per field (no lights) • $175 residents / $195 non-resident per day with lights Football Field • Currently not available for rental purposes Outdoor Basketball Court • Half-court only • No fee for public use

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Parks & Facilities

Veterans Memorial Park (continued) Tennis Courts | 2 available • $65 residents / $85 non-residents per court per day for event use • No fee for public use (upon availability) Pool • Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day • Outdoor pool • Wade pool available • Diving board available (large pool only) • 3 lifeguards on duty at all times during public access hours • 10-minute chemical check every hour • Sand volleyball court adjacent to pool • Restrooms/showers on-site Public Swim Hours: 12:00-5:00PM • 7 days a week (Memorial Day weekend through first weekend in August) • Weekends/holidays only after first weekend in August through Labor Day • $3 daily admission per person • Season passes available (see information below) Pool Parties: 6:30-8:30PM • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays • $30 residents / $50 non-residents party rental per day • $45 per lifeguard (1 lifeguard per 40 people); includes 30-minute set up (6:00-6:30pm) and 30-minute cleanup (8:30-9:00pm). Swimming is prohibited during the set-up and clean-up times. • Pool party rentals begin booking at 8:00AM on the first weekday in May Summer Pool Passes Pool passes are available for purchase beginning on the first weekday in May. All pool passes must be purchased at Rock Creek Sports Complex during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) or online at www.dawsoncounty.org 24 hours/day. • Individual Season Pass: $30 resident / $50 non-resident • Family Season Pass: $100 resident / $120 non-resident (up to 5 members of the same household) 10

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Parks & Facilities Veterans Memorial Park (continued) Track • 1 lap= ¼ mile • Minimal light • No fee for public use • $65 resident / $85 non-resident (per day) Multi-use Trail • 1 lap= 8/10 mile • 5 LifeTrail® exercise stations included • Includes bicycle lane • Lights on timer • $65 resident / $85 non-resident (per day) • No fee for public use • Annual Pass: $30 resident / $50 non-resident Passes available for purchase at Rock Creek during regular business hours.

War Hill Park

Open year-round | 7 days a week 7:00AM-10:00PM Campsites Open April 1- October 31 • 14 available (primitive) • $16 per campsite per day • Restrooms/showers nearby • Host on-site • Pier on-site • Beach/volleyball on-site • No call ahead reservations (rented on a first-come, first-serve basis only) Boat Ramps • Four on-site (Availability based on lake water levels) • $3 per day • Annual Pass: $30 resident / $50 non-resident Day Use Area • Picnic areas lake-side • $3 per day

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Athletic Programs BASEBALL (FALL)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org Website: www.dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Walk-in: Weekday pm 8am-5

(Final day

open until

8pm)

Walk-in: Saturday 2pm -1 m 9a nday in on No Walk-

Su

Online: April 4-August 8, 2016 Walk-in: August 1-8, 2016

• Ages 7-14 • Fee: $60 resident/$80 non-resident • Fee includes jersey, hat/visor, belt, and socks (fee does not include pants) • Practices begin late-August • Games begin mid-September The age control date for this activity is April 30th of the same year of play. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. A player may move up one age group but may never play down an age group. Some travelling may be necessary for the leagues that result in 3 or less teams. Admission fees may be charged at some events associated with this activity.

CHEERLEADING (FALL)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org Website: www.dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Walk-in ONLY: May 2-9, 2016 (NO ONLINE REGISTRATION)

Walk-in: Weekday m p -5 m a 8 m)

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open until

8p

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pm ay in on Sund

No Walk-

• Uniform Measurement Day (for those needing a new uniform): May 9th 3:00-7:00pm at Rock Creek • Ages 5-12 • Fee: $50 Fee does not include any uniform items (participant will provide uniform from 2015) $125 Fee includes shell, skirt, briefs, and poms • Practices begin late-July/early-August • Games begin late-August The age control date for this activity is July 31st of the same year of play. The age of the participant as of this date determines eligibility of participation. Some travelling will be necessary for the game season. Admission fees will be charged at some events associated with this activity. **NGYFA rules mandate that all Dawson County cheer participants provide all of the following items in order to be eligible to participate in the Dawson County league: birth certificate, proof of current publc school registration in Dawson County OR proof of residency in Dawson County, and a photo ID of the participant. Acceptable proofs of residency are the following: power/water bill, voter registration card, phone/cable/internet service provider bill, and property tax bill. These documents must show the name and physical address of the custodial parent/guardian. These requirements must be met in order for the child to participate in this activity. 12

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Athletic Programs FOOTBALL (FALL)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org Website: www.dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Online: April 4-May 9, 2016 Walk-in: May 2-9, 2016

• Ages 5-13* • Fee: $160 Fee includes game jersey, game pants, helmet, full pads, practice pants Fee does not include required sports physical. Fees do not apply to the 7th Grade league, which is operated through the school system *13 year olds must be rising 7th graders or below. **NGYFA rules mandate that all Dawson County football participants provide all of the following items in order to be eligible to participate in the Dawson County league: sports physical, birth certificate, proof of current publc school registration in Dawson County OR proof of residency in Dawson County, and a photo ID of the participant. Acceptable proofs of residency are the following: power/water bill, voter registration card, phone/cable/internet service provider bill, and property tax bill. These documents must show the name and physical address of the custodial parent/guardian. These requirements must be met in order for the child to participate in this activity. • Practices begin late-July/early-August • Games begin late-August

Walk-in: Weekday m p -5 m a 8 m)

(Final day

open until

8p

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pm ay in on Sund

No Walk-

The age control date for this activity is July 31st of the same year of play. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. Participant must play in the age group determined by the age control date and may never play up or down an age group. Some travelling will be necessary for the game season. Admission fees will be charged at some events associated with this activity.

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Athletic Programs SOCCER (FALL)

Contact: United Futbol Academy | Phone: 678-212-5494 / 706-429-4446 Email: Dawson@UnitedFA.Org | Website: www.UnitedFA.Org (click Dawson) The Dawson County Parks & Recreation Department and United Futbol Academy (UFA) partner to provide Dawson County Residents with a quality soccer program for beginners through advanced players based out of Rock Creek Sport Complex in Dawsonville. UFA is a 501©3 non-profit organization focusing on “Skills for Soccer, Skills for Life.

Registration Dates:

ONLINE only at www.UnitedFA.Org (click Dawson) May 1-July 20

Available Programs: • U04 Mini League – 6 sessions, includes T-shirt and Mini-League Ball • U06 to U14 Recreation – two 1 hour practices a week and 8 games minimum • U08/U09 Pre Academy – two 1½ hour practices a week and weekend games • U10 to U12 Academy – two 1½ hour practices a week and weekend games • U13 to U19 Select – two 1½ hour practices a week and weekend games • Adult – weekend games played out of Polo Fields, Cumming • Skills Camps – Winter, Summer, School Preparation. See website for more information Recreation & Mini League: Spring (Register November 1-January 20) Tryouts: Academy (May 31-June 2); Select (June 7-9) Summer Camp: June 13-17 (Register thru June 12) Winter Camp: Nov 1 – Dec 1 *Late Fees apply after scheduled dates

SOFTBALL (FALL ADULT SOFTBALL) Team Registration

June 1-30, 2016 (online through midnight on June 30th and Walk-in M-F 8am-5pm)

• Ages 16+ • Fee: : $475 per team Additional $50 Late Fee applied to all team registrations accepted after the designated registration deadline. • Open Men’s League: Mondays* • Church Co-ed League: Tuesdays* • Open Women’s League: Wednesdays* • Open Co-ed League: Thursdays* *Days of the week that each league will play are tentative and subject to change depending on field availability and number of teams per league • Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 10 scheduled games per season • Each team will receive 1 dozen game balls • A minimum of 4 teams per league is required. Leagues not reaching this minimum will be refunded in full or given the option to be added into another similar league. Open Co-ed and Church Co-ed leagues will be separate if minimum of 4 teams per league is met; if minimum is not met, leagues may be combined for teams wishing to do so; all other teams will be given a full refund.

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Athletic Programs SOFTBALL (FALL YOUTH SOFTBALL) Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org Website: www.dawsoncounty.org Registration

Walk-in: Weekday m 8am-5p (Final day

open until

8pm)

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pmnday in on Su

No Walk-

Online: April 4-August 8, 2016 Walk-in: August 1-8, 2016

• Ages 7-14 • Fee: $60 resident/$80 non-resident • Fee includes jersey, visor, belt, and socks (fee does not include pants) • Practices begin late-August • Games begin mid-September The age control date for this activity is January 1st of the same year of play. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which she is eligible to play. A player may move up one age group but may never play down an age group. Some travelling may be necessary for the leagues that result in 3 or less teams. Admission fees may be charged at some events associated with this activity.

SWIM TEAM (SUMMER)

Information: Dawsonville Racers Swim Team Stephanie Morgan, Coach: (770) 654-6793 Email: tstmorgan@gmail.com

Registration:

Saturday, May 7, 2016 (walk-in 10am-2pm at Rock Creek)

The Parks & Recreation youth swim team in Dawson County is an outsourced program, coordinated and operated by Dawsonville Racers Swim Team. The Dawsonville Racers purpose is to provide a structured summer athletic activity for the children of our community. The Racers provide opportunities for each participant to develop a positive self image. Opportunities are provided to participate in competitive swimming through venues of Dual meets, North Georgia Swim League (NGSL) meets and Divisional/State Meets. • Ages 5-18 • At Veterans Memorial Park • Season begins May 23, 2016 Information contained in this guide is subject to change | (706) 344-3646 | www.dawsoncounty.org

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Athletic Programs T-BALL (FALL)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org | Website: www.dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Online: April 4-August 8, 2016 Walk-in: August 1-8, 2016

• Ages 5-6 • Fee: $60 resident/$80 non-resident Fee includes jersey, hat/visor, belt, and socks (fee does not include pants) • Practices begin late-August • Games begin mid-September The age control date for this activity is April 30th of the same year of play. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. A player may move up one age group but may never play down an age group.

Walk-in: Weekday m p -5 m a 8 m)

(Final day

open until

8p

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pm ay in on Sund

No Walk-

WRESTLING (WINTER)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Online: September 12-October 3, 2016 (online through midnight on October 3rd) Walk-in: September 26-October 3, 2016

Walk-in: Weekday m 8am-5p (Final day

open until

8pm)

Walk-in: Saturday -1 9am 2pmnday in on Su

No Walk-

• Ages 5-14 • Fee: $50 resident / $70 non-resident Fee includes singlet. Fee does not include: - Required USA Wrestling membership - Required wrestling shoes & headgear - Admission and/or entry fees for tournaments/competitions Acquiring this membership for the child athlete will be the responsibility of the customer. • Practices begin: mid- to late-October • Games begin: early-December Age control date: January 1, 2017. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. Some travelling will be necessary for this activity. Admission fees may be charged at some events associated with this activity.

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Wednesdays in June & July*: 6:30-8:30pm *No party on July 27

For general info, pre- registration & rain-out updates, go to: Brought you by:

To love God

and others

* While supplies, space & food last. First come first served. ** Due to the family focus of this event, please exercise modesty in dress and behavior.

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Athletic Programs BASKETBALL(WINTER)

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org

Registration:

Online: September 12-October 3, 2016 (online through midnight on October 3rd) Walk-in: September 26-October 3, 2016

• Ages: 7-14 • Fee: $50 resident/$70 non-resident Fee includes jersey and shorts. • Practices begin mid- to late-October • Games begin late-November/early-December

Walk-in: Weekday m p -5 m a 8 m)

(Final day

open until

8p

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pm ay in on Sund

No Walk-

Age control date: January 1, 2017. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. A participant may play up one age but may never play down an age group. Some travelling will be necessary for some age groups in this activity. Admission fees may be charged at some events associated with this activity.

Registration:

Online: September 12-October 3, 2016 (online through midnight on October 3rd) Walk-in: September 26-October 3, 2016

INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE BASKETBALL (WINTER) • Ages 5-6 • Fee: $10 resident/$30 non-resident Fee includes t-shirt. • Session Dates: Tentatively scheduled for Saturdays, beginning late-October

Age control date: January 1, 2017. The age of the participant as of this date determines the age group in which he/she is eligible to play. A participant may play up one age but may never play down an age group.

Walk-in: Weekday m 8am-5p (Final day

open until

8pm)

Walk-in: Saturday 9am-12pmnday in on Su

No Walk-

TRAVEL TEAMS

Coordinator: Dawson County Parks & Recreation Phone: (706) 344-3646 | Email: bhamil@dawsoncounty.org | Website: www.dawsoncounty.org Dawson County Parks & Recreation accepts registration for travel teams to utilize facilities at Veterans Memorial Park and Rock Creek Sports Complex. Parks & Recreation accepts team registrations only. The actual formation of teams is to be organized, implemented, and monitored by team representative/coach. Practices and games will be scheduled around regular Parks & Recreation-hosted activities and events. Contact Buffie Hamil at (706) 344-3646 Ext. 224 for more information on travel team registration.

Track & Field information will be included in the 2017 Winter/Spring activity guide, which will be available in January 2017. 18

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Stay in Touch

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Camps & Clinics LADY TIGERS FUN-DAMENTAL BASKETBALL CAMP (GIRLS) Contact: Tina Brown | Phone: (706) 216-5801 Ext. 1899 | Email: tbrown@dawson.k12.ga.us June 6-10, 2016 • 9:00AM-12:00PM • at Rock Creek • Ages 7-14 • Fee: $85 • Register thru the first day of camp

SANDY’S SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS • 9:00AM-3:00PM • @ Veterans Memorial Park

• 2nd-5th grade: June 13-17 & July 18-22 ($100 per camp) • 6th-8th Graders: June 6-10 & July 25-29 ($100 per camp) • 7th-12th Graders: July 11-15 ($125) Contact: Jonathan Sanderson (aka “Sandy”) Phone: (662) 321-0469 Email: graydonjs22@gmail.com Web: www.sandysbasketball.net

ALL SPORTS DAY CAMPS I & II

Contact: Ty Carnes | Phone: (404) 226-7225 | Email: tcarnes@forsyth.k12.ga.us Camp I: June 13-17, 2016 Camp II: June 27-July 1, 2016 • 9:00AM-3:00PM • Early arrival at 8:00AM and Late pick-up at 4:00PM available (additional $25) • at Rock Creek • Ages 5-12 • Fee: $110 per camp • All campers need to bring a snack, sack lunch, and water bottle each day Camp requires a minimum of 8 campers. Please pre-register by contacting Ty Carnes.

UNITED FUTBOL ACADEMY CAMPS

Contact: United Futbol Academy Phone: 678-212-5494 / 706-429-4446 Email: Dawson@UnitedFA.org Website: www.UnitedFA.org • Summer Camps & Clinics - registration opens May 1 • Winter Camps & Clinics - registration opens Nov 1 • Individual Training available upon request Please visit www.UnitedFA.org for more information.

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Camps & Clinics TIGERS FUN-DAMENTAL BASKETBALL CAMP (BOYS)

Contact: Jonathan Tinsley | Phone: (706) 216-5801 Ext. 1899 | Email: bdtinsley@dawson.k12.ga.us June 20-24, 2016 • 9:00AM-12:00PM • Ages 7-14 • at Rock Creek • Fee: $85 • Register thru the first day of camp

HIGHER GROUND DANCE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS

Contact: Ms. Kimberly Ragghianti | Phone: 678-451-2024 Email: HigherGroundDanceAcademy@gmail.com | Website: www.highergrounddanceacademy.com June 6-9, 2016 • at Rock Creek For more information, please visit www.highergrounddanceacademy.com.

CHEERLEADING CAMP Contact: Brooke Sanders Email: bsanders@dawson.k12.ga.us July 18-20, 2016 • 9:00-11:30am • at Rock Creek • Ages: 5-12 (girls & boys) • Fee: $60 Fee includes t-shirt and snack (PRE-REGISTER by June 20th to guarantee t-shirt).

TENNIS CLINICS at Rock Creek

The Northeast Georgia Tennis Association is a USTA community tennis association offering activities in all seasons. NEGTA is a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote, grow, and support the sport of tennis through clinics and league play. Saturday Clinics • at Rock Creek • 9:30-11:00AM (Ages 7-18) • 11:00AM-12:30PM (Adults ages 19+) • $10 per session For additional information and registration, please contact: Marie Bartlett at roymariebartlett@bellsouth.net Sharon Ross at rosssharond@gmail.com or 706-499-7310

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Classes & Instructional Activities BASKETBALL LESSONS

Lindsey Castleberry | Phone: (706) 482-8514 | Email: lindsey.castleberry@yahoo.com at Rock Creek • 1-hour lessons • Individual & Group instruction

SWIM LESSONS

Contact: Rodney & Heather Moore, Instructors | Phone: 706-344-9330 Lessons are for beginners to advanced swimmers. Participants are tested on the first day of class to determine class placement. The swim instructor will work oneon-one with each individual child. Instructors will work on breathing, floating, and safety on the first day. After a day of assessment, the participant will be placed in the appropriate class level. The goal is to make sure each participant is safe and comfortable in the water. Please note: Parents do not need to get into the water. • at Veterans Memorial Park • 1-week sessions: June 6-10 | June 13-17 | June 20-24 | June 27-July 1 • $75 per 1-week session • Evening Lessons available: 5:15-6:15pm Minimum participation of 12 pre-registered participants per group/week is required. If minimum is not met, program is subject to cancellation and deposit will be refunded. Pre-registration is required for this activity.

DANCE

Information: Higher Ground Dance Academy Contact: Ms. Kimberly Ragghianti, Instructor Phone: (678) 451-2024 Email: HigherGroundDanceAcademy@gmail.com Website: www.highergrounddanceacademy.com Higher Ground Dance Academy is excited to bring high quality and affordable dance classes to Dawsonville. Register now for the season. Dance classes start in September and finish in May with a dance recital. Students that take dance classes develop self-confidence, positive self-esteem, artistic abilities, grace, musicality, and are keeping physical fit! Classes have a friendly atmosphere encouraging fun and self-improvement. We look forward to seeing everyone in dance class. No prior experience necessary. All are welcome! • Dance Season: September through May (will continue to accept students if room in class) • Classes Offered: Twinkle Twos, Creative Movement, Kinder-Combo, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Special Needs Dance • Ages 2 through Teen • Fees: $45 per month • Multi-Class and Sibling discounts available • Additional costume/recital fee

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Fitness & wellness BOOT CAMP

“Where the faithful become fit & the fit remain faithful.” Information: Faithfully Fit Contact: Tiffany Bryson, Instructor | Phone: (678) 283-8878 | Email: faithfullyfitpt@msn.com Enjoy the great outdoors while increasing your cardiovascular system and sculpting lean muscle. We use the natural environment to shape up! This class requires you to bring a set of hand weights, a mat or beach towel, and water.

Classes offered year-round

Tuesdays & Thursdays

@ Rock Creek

4 Class Options (class times are subject to change seasonally): - 7:00-8:00AM - 4:45-5:35PM - 5:45-6:45PM - 7:00-8:00PM • $60/full session • $10/drop-in • Cash and check accepted ALL participants MUST complete a medical history form prior to participating. Forms are available on location at first day of class, at Rock Creek main office, and online. Please pre-register through Faithfully Fit via phone or email prior to attending class. Sessions not reaching the minimum of 8 participants by the designated registration deadline are subject to cancellation.

KANGOO POWER Contact: Sandra Bassett Phone: 954-655-5127 Email: sandra.bassett8@gmail.com Kangoo Power is an explosive, highly motivating program specifically designed to challenge the whole body by building muscular strength and cardio-respiratory endurance simultaneously. Each movement is designed to focus on core stability, ensuring a balanced workout that will challenge even the fittest. Basic moves are easy to follow and can be performed with growing complexity and intensity as you progress. This program suits a broad range of class attendees regardless of fitness level. It is also great for athletes due to its use of plyometric explosive techniques, using Kangoo Jumps rebound shoes to maximize effort while preventing damaging impact to the joints.

Classes offered year-round • Reduces impact on joints by up to 80% • Burns 25% more calories • Engages core muscles • Works the entire body • Makes exercising FUN!

at Rock Creek

Saturdays 10:00-11:00am

• 4-week sessions (8 class dates), beginning February 1st • $75 per session (includes use of boots)* • $10 drop-in rate (includes use of boots)* *Reduced rate available for those who will be providing their own boots.

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Fitness & wellness TAI CHI Instructor: Sifu Kenneth Jones, 3rd Black Sash Phone: 706-429-8087 Email: sifukenneth@taichiofnorthgeorgia.com Website: www.taichiofnorthgeorgia.com You will learn the individual movements of Tai Chi Chuan and learn to flow each posture into the next without pause; ensuring that your body is in constant motion. You will get the health benefits from learning proper body structure and movement. You will also be shown the martial aspects of the movements so that they may contain more meaning in your personal practice.

Classes offered year-round

at Rock Creek

Mondays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00PM

• Ages 18+ • Fee: $50 per month (family discounts available) Cash and check accepted Monthly fee includes all Monday & Thursday classes for the month. Completed registration forms and first payment due at beginning of first class each month. Participants should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, bring a bottle of drinking water, and a towel. Contact Sifu Kenneth Jones for pricing details, copies of the above forms, or additional information.

WEIGHT ROOM

Information: Dawson County Parks & Recreation | Phone: (706) 344-3646 Email: recreation@dawsoncounty.org | Website www.dawsoncounty.org • Up to 5 members per membership (must reside in the same household • $25 resident / $45 non-resident for 3-month membership • Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00AM-9:00PM Under 16 years of old must be accompanied by parent/guardian • 9 pieces of equipment: Weight Room memberships may be purchased year-round at the main office at Rock Creek. Memberships may be purchased Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM. Purchases require on-site registration so that member may receive the required membership card(s) upon completion of registration. Online registration is not available for this registration.

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Fitness & wellness YOGA

Information: Tonya Buell Brooks Phone: 706-344-9587 Email: tbuell30@yahoo.com

ALL participants MUST complete a medical history form prior to participating. Forms are available on location at first day of class, at Rock Creek main office, and online. Minimum: 3 participants / Maximum: 25 participants. If the minimum requirement is not met, class is subject to cancellation. Full refunds will be issued for cancelled sessions.

Classes offered year-round The Blend

A great mix of Cardio, Hand Weights and Relaxation! The Blend is a whole body workout on the lighter side. From pushups to low lunges with weights, crunches to squats and a lot in between. Attendees start with pushups on their knees to full plank pushups in a very short time. • Tuesdays • 7:00-8:10pm • $6 per class

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Tuesdays & Thursdays Yoga Stretch, Build, Relax

Every class starts with relaxing, breathing and slow warming moves and eases into Sun Salutations. Gradually increasing movement, we begin to lengthen and build each muscle group, using just our body weight and our breath. Coming back down to restore the body to lengthen, stretch and balance. Finally refocusing our minds and bringing us back to center, we end in Final Relaxation with soothing, calming music as the instructor leads you peacefully into relaxing the mind and body. • Thursdays • 7:00-8:10pm • $6 per class

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Special Events GEORGIA MOVIES IN THE PARK Movie 1: June 3, 2016 at War Hill Park Movie 2: TBD Please visit www.dawsoncounty.org/departments/recreation for updates. • All ages welcome • Movie begins at dusk • FREE Admission Sorry, no pets (service animals only, please).

TRUNK OR TREAT

• October 31, 2016 • 4:00-7:00pm • All ages welcome • Activities/Candy/Concessions • FREE Admission Please visit www.dawsoncounty.org/departments/ recreation for updates. Sorry, no pets (service animals only, please).

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA featuring the Dawson County Senior Services Christmas Bazaar

• December 3, 2016 • 8:00-11:00am (Christmas Bazaar will stay open until 2:00pm) • at Rock Creek • FREE Activities for the kids | Photos with Santa | Breakfast | Live Christmas trees | Local Vendors | Crafts | and MORE! Breakfast + Photo Packages starting at just $5 Additional photo packages will be available for purchase, to be shipped directly to you within 10 days • Cash only, please! Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa benefit KARE for Kids. Proceeds from Christmas Bazaar benefit Dawson County Senior Services Department. Sorry, no pets (service animals only, please).

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Dawson County Senior Services General Information

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:30PM Office/Center closings are available at www.dawsoncounty.org. Directory 201 Recreation Road | Dawsonville, GA 30534 (located inside Veterans Memorial Park) Phone: (706) 344-3700 | Fax: (706) 344-3702 Email: dpruett@dawsoncounty.org | Website: www.dawsoncounty.org Staff Directory Dawn Pruett, Director Michelle Crane, Food Service Coordinator Krista West-Bearden, Seniors Advocate Tammy Loggins, Finance Liaison Dedri Bruce, Nurse Meals on Wheels Drivers:

dpruett@dawsoncounty.org mcrane@dawsoncounty.org kwest-bearden@dawsoncounty.org tloggins@dawsoncounty.org dbruce@dawsoncounty.org Tom Farrell, Tom Quintrell, Eddie Lynn

PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, & SERVICES Available for Dawson County Residents Age 55+

LIFETRAIL®

• Located at the Large Pavilion at VMP beside the Senior Center • LifeTrail is specifically designed to provide older adults with the opportunity to walk outdoors, and to stretch and strengthen their body • Five LifeTrail wellness stations provide a variety of exercise options prior to, during or after a normal walking routine • The stations are part of the multi-purpose trail at VMP ®

• SilverSneakers® Classic • SilverSneakers® Cardio Circuit • SilverSplash®: Begins in June - Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 10:15-11:15 am at Veterans Memorial Park pool (Call 706-344-3700 for dates and additional information) Visit our website or contact the Senior Center for our monthly calendar and additional information.

WE WELCOME AND APPRECIATE OUR VOLUNTEERS! DO YOU HAVE A TALENT OR SKILL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

Volunteers are needed for all areas: Sewing | Decorating | Reading | Exercise | Crafts | Delivery for Meals on Wheels for the homebound Planning or Coordinating Special Events | Working at the Reception or Welcome Desk Office Work (typing, filing, answering phones) | Setting up/cleaning for classes and events Teaching Classes | Packing Home Delivered Meals | Friendly Visiting | Program Fundraising

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Dawson Transit GENERAL INFORMATION

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM Holiday closings are available at www.dawsoncounty.org. Directory (located inside Veterans Memorial Park) 201 Recreation Road / P.O. Box 598 | Dawsonville, GA 30534 Phone: (706) 344-3603 | Fax: (706) 344-3703 Email: dawsontransit@dawsoncounty.org | Website: www.dawsoncounty.org Staff Directory Dawn Pruett, Transit Director | Keith Stratton, Transit Coordinator Drivers: Paul Moran, Leslie Stanton, Eddie Lynn, Rebecca White, Tom Farrell

INFORMATION & SERVICES

Welcome aboard! Dawson Transit is the public transportation service in Dawson County. This service is available to all residents of Dawson County. Where We Can Take You Dawson Transit provides transportation to doctor’s offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, parks and places all throughout Dawson County! Transportation service is also available for medical appointments outside of the county. When We Operate The hours of service are Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM. How to Schedule a Ride Dawson Transit operates on an advanced reservation basis. To schedule a trip, call 706 344-3603 MondayFriday 8:00AM-4:00PM. Please call at least 24 hours prior to your requested trip. Requests for service made the same day will be taken if possible.

ACCESSIBLE SERVICE

Wheelchair-accessible service is available. When you call to schedule your trip, please let us know of any assistance you may need in boarding or disembarking from the vehicle. For the safety of all passengers, our policy requires that wheelchairs be secured to the vehicle. Persons using respirators or portable oxygen are permitted on vehicles. Service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities are permitted.

FARES

The fare for service depends on the distance of your trip. The charge for each one-way trip is: $2.00 ……within Dawson County $4.00 ……Cumming & Dahlonega $6.00 ……Gainesville

Days of service Dawson County Dahlonega Cumming Gainesville

Monday-Friday Monday-Friday Tuesday & Thursday Tuesday & Thursday

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KEEPING DAWSON

ACTIVE, HEALTHY AND IN THE GAME AT

EVERY AGE 30

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

108 Prominence Ct. Suite 200 Dawsonville, GA 30534

770-848-6190 ngpg.org/ortho-sports

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Looking Ahead LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017

Details for activities listed below will be included in the 2017 Winter/Spring Activity Guide, which will be available in January 2017. Information is intended to be used as a reference guide and is subject to change. Updated information for these activities is available online at www.dawsoncounty.org/departments/recreation year-round.

REGISTRATION PERIODS

Spring Sports Online Registration (Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, Track & Field) January 2-February 6 Spring Sports Walk-in Registration (Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, Track & Field) January 30-February 6 Spring Adult Softball Registration March 1-31

OTHER ACTIVITIES

War Hill Park Campsites OPEN April 1

SPECIAL EVENTS

Spring Sports Opening Day March 18 Community Egg Hunt April 15

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