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June-July 2017 • Augusta Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department • Community Newsletter

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Summer Splash Party and Dive In Movie - July 1stth – 4pm – Fleming Pool Independence Day Celebration – July 4th Downtown Augusta – Augusta Common 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fireworks starts at 9:30pm First Friday Concert – July 7st – Augusta Common – 6:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. Candlelight Jazz – Sunday evenings in July at Augusta Common. 7:30 p.m. Summer Concert Series – July 7th – 8th Street River Stage – 7:00 p.m. Movies on the Common – July 28th – Augusta Common – 7:30 p.m. – Pre- Movie Activities; Movie start at Dusk featuring Moana. GRPA Junior Boys State Baseball—July 11th – 15th – Diamond Lakes Regional Park GRPA Midget Girls Fast-Pitch Softball State— July 11th – 15th– Diamond Lakes Regional Park

Get ready to get your play on this July with the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and

recreation, such as the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country. This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground, your Augusta parks and recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability. NRPA and the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves. The Augusta Recreation and Parks Department is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services. Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJulyAUGUSTA. For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit

Day Camp The summer months can be pretty long if your child has nothing to do while waiting for school to begin again in the fall. Day camp can fill the gap - by helping your child learn a new skill, make friends, exercise, or have an adventure. But day camps aren't just about preventing summer boredom, they can also help working parents who still need child care for their children. Summer Day Camp is a playful atmosphere where kids will make friends, build social skills, and engage in lots of fun activities including: games, sports, arts & crafts, field trips, swimming and more! Dates:

Ages: Locations: Blythe Rec. Center Bernie Ward CC Diamond Lakes CC Garrett Gym McBean CC Warren Road CC

May 30, 2017 - July 28, 2017 No Camp July 3 - July 7 4-12 3129 Hwy 88 1941 Lumpkin Rd. 103 Diamond Lakes Way 1100 Eisenhower Dr. 1155 Heph-McBean Rd. 300 Warren Rd.

Early Risers If you have to leave for work earlier than the time day camp begins, Early Risers is the program for your camper! Times: 7:00 am - 9:00 am Ages: 4 -12 Fees: $7.00/week Day Camps Games, sports, arts and crafts field trips, swimming at the Department's swimming pools and much more!! Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Ages: 4 - 12 Fees: $50.00/week Afternoon Adventures Afternoon Adventures provides activities for the day campers until parents can come to pick them up. Times: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ages: 4-12 Fees: $10.50/week

Summer Pools The Augusta Recreation & Parks Department operates several outdoor pools open to the public during the summer months (May 30 - July 31, 2017).

Locations DYESS POOL: 902 James Brown Blvd. Open: Tuesday - Sunday Times: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm FLEMING POOL: 1941 Lumpkin Rd. Open: Monday - Saturday Times: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm JONES POOL: 1400 Woodson Ln. Open: Mondays—Fridays Times: 1:00 PM—5:00 PM Admission Children: $1.00 Adults: $2.00 Senior Adults: $1.50

Splash Fountain at the Riverwalk Bring the kids to play in the fountain at the 8th Street entrance of the Augusta Riverwalk during the warm months. Location: 8th Street Plaza Open: During the summer months, if weather permits. Fees: Free of charge

Splash Fountain at Brookfield Park What better way to cool down on a hot day than some refreshing water fun. Your kids will love our fountain at Brookfield Park. Location: 2740 Mayo Road, Augusta, GA Open: During the summer months, if weather permits. Fees: Free of charge

The Splash Pad Location: 1866 Highland Ave, Augusta, GA Open: Monday -Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Admission: $2.00 per person

When Rae’s Creek began to back up and Augusta’s lake began to grow, this part of town became the place to go. As early as 1873, boat races were popular weekend events Reprinted with permission: By at the lake. There were also two islands in the middle of Bill Kirby, Staff Writer Augusta the lake that are gone today. Chronical Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 Things began to build up around the water with what was called Lake View Park, near what is now Lake Olmstead’s If you took a trip to Lake Julian Smith Casino. The Casino, predecessor of today’s Olmstead in the early 1900s, this is what you would see. Julian Smith version, offered stage shows, public band concerts, dances and picnics. A casino – by the way – is an Augusta's Lake Olmstead is seen sometime in the early Italian word that means a place to meet and socialize – 1900s. The lake came out of an 1870 project to enlarge not a gambling den. the Augusta Canal.

The Way We Were: Lake Olmstead

Augustans loved their boats. They came to the lake by trolley. They came by buggy. They came by bicycle. And they found recreation. The lake is actually the legacy of an 1870 project to enlarge the Augusta Canal. The $371,000 expansion – costly for its day – was funded by voter referendum and included a dam across Rae’s Creek to help enlarge the canal, built in 1845. Initially, the canal was routed over Rae’s Creek via an ornate aqueduct.

The park was packed, according to Chronicle archives, with a zoo with monkeys, birds, alligators, squirrels and other animals. By all accounts the park would often be filled on Sundays, and for good reason. Boat houses rimmed the south and east sides of Lake Olmstead, and many a young couple enjoyed the romance of rowing a boat around the lake. In its heyday, Lakeview Park included a private club on the water’s edge. Many prominent Augusta families kept boathouses at the lake. But things changed and Lake View Park’s popularity faded by the 1920s.

The primary engineer hired to expand the waterway, however, had other ideas, one of which ultimately led to the lake that bears his name. Charles Olmstead, who worked on the 350-mile Erie Canal linking Buffalo, N.Y., Its boat houses were removed and a newer casino named and Lake Erie with the Hudson River, was hired by Augusta for Augusta Mayor Julian Smith took its place. Mayor Charles Estes. The city of Augusta bought the property for $9,150. Fifteen more acres were added in 1924. Olmstead plugged up the old aqueduct, where the canal once went over Rae’s Creek. The canal bank then became Today, Augustans still come out to enjoy the park and a dam, and the dam formed the lake we call Olmstead. maybe paddle around the lake. Times and recreation have changed over the years, but one thing in Augusta really Italian masons, recruited to block off the old aqueduct, hasn’t. If you want to spend some time just getting away were among more than 400 workers who bustled along and sitting by the water, Lake Olmstead is still here. If you the canal during the expansion. The dam was completed have any stories to share about the lake, please e-mail me in 1872, backing 113 acres of water into a wooded basin. at

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Explore our parks, take pictures and get a chance to win a great prize! To celebrate Parks & Recreation month, the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department will hold its first photo scavenger hunt in July. The contest rules are simple and fun. Go visit our parks, find something worth of taking a picture and send us your amazing results. Send us your five favorite pictures of fun things to do and/ or amazing things to explore from different Augusta Parks and join our competition!

Contest Rules Eligibility The #playAUGUSTA Photo Hunt (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen years old. Officials, employees, interns or partners of Augusta, GA, as well as their immediate family and household embers, are not eligible to enter. Entry period The photo contest begins at 8:30am EST on July 3rd, 2017 and ends at 5:30pm EST on July 21, 2017. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the contest. How to enter All submission for the contest should be made by email to recreation.contests

eyes. For our contest, we would like to know: “What Augusta Park do you love most?” What is your favorite playground activity? What do you do on your favorite trail? What is Augusta’s best spot to relax? Send us five (5) pictures of different parks across Augusta, showcasing what you like to do or see. To ensure eligibility, all photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been altered beyond standard optimization (reasonable adjustments to color, contrast and exposure, cropping, etc.) will be disqualified. Each photo file should not be more than 20MB at the time of entry. Should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention, higher resolution files of at least 300 dpi/ ppi will be requested. The following submissions are ineligible:

· Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including What to enter but not limited to copyright. Augusta Recreation and Parks is · Images that involve the willful committed to Health and Wellness harassment of wildlife, or damage and we want to see our parks and the environment. recreational activities through your · Images that involve putting any

individual or animal in danger. · Photos depicting anything that would or could be considered inappropriate for any or all audiences, included but not limited to violent, objectionable or other inappropriate content.

Prizes* * All prizes will be delivered as a play pass (non-monetary, nontransferable and non-refundable statement credit). Play passes cannot be used for deposit payments. One (1) grand prize winner will receive a $200.00 Gold Play Pass* to use with any Recreation & Parks Programs and/or facilities. One (1) runner-up winner will receive a $100.00 Silver Play Pass* to use with any Recreation & Parks Programs and/or facilities. Ten (10) honorable mention winner will receive a $10.00 Play Pass* to use with any Recreation & Parks Programs and/or facilities. Share your pictures on Facebook Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook! Use our hashtag so that we can find them.

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2 First Friday – Beach Ball with Jax Jones, Max, AJR, DJ Moses and local artists; 7pm – 11 pm 3 Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew; 3pm – 9pm; Admission $10.00 4 Candlelight Jazz Series - Garden City Jazz; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 11 Candlelight Jazz Series - Sounds of 824; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 17 Summer Concert Series*; 7pm – 10 pm 18 Candlelight Jazz Series - John Hobbs; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 23 Beats on Broad; 6pm; Admission $10.00 24 Augusta Pride Parade and Festival; 10:30 am Parade; 11 am – 5 pm Festival 25 Candlelight Jazz Series - Sequence 8; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 30 Movie Series at the Common – Sing; 7:30 pm

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2 Candlelight Jazz Series - Matthew Davis Band**;7:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Admission $8.00 4 Independence Day Celebration; 4 pm – 10 pm – Fireworks at 9:30 pm 7 First Friday – “Celebrate America”; 7pm – 11 pm 8 Summer Concert Series*; 7pm – 10 pm 9 Candlelight Jazz Series - A Step Up; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 16 National Ice Cream Day; 2 pm – 4 pm

16 Candlelight Jazz Series - Bethany & Southside Boys; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 20 Senior’s Night Out; 7 pm – 10 pm 21 Night of Fire; 7 pm – 10 pm 23 Candlelight Jazz Series - American Jazz Combo; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 28 Movie Series at the Common - Moana; 7:30 pm 30 Candlelight Jazz Series - Preston & Weston**;7:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Admission $8.00

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4 First Friday Concert; 7pm – 11 pm 6 Candlelight Jazz Series - Mike Frost Band; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 12 Summer Concert Series*; 7pm – 10 pm 13 Candlelight Jazz Series - Trey Sounds; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 18 Movie Series at the Common; Beauty and the Beast, 7:30 pm 20 Candlelight Jazz Series - Augusta Big Band Aggregate; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Admission $8.00 26 Walk for Jesus; 8am-Noon 27 Candlelight Jazz Series - quietStorm**;7:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Admission $8.00

*8th Street Stage ** Concert will end at 10:30pm, regular concerts end at 9:30pm

Newman Tennis Center Pickleball Slam will be July 15-16. All play is doubles, ladies, men’s and mixed. There will be three levels of play Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner. The ladies doubles will be played Saturday morning(9:00am), men’s doubles will be played Saturday afternoon(1:00pm) with the mixed doubles played Sunday morning(9:00am). There will be a cookout for lunch Saturday. If you lose in the first round of play you will move to the consolation bracket giving each team at least two matches. Entry fee is $20 for one event with an additional $5.00 for two events. Lunch is included in the entry fee. If you need a partner we will try to help find one for you. Applications for entry are available at Newman Tennis Center, Diamond Lakes and Warren Road. For more information or for an entry to be sent via email you can email Margaret Faughnan at

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