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Download current programs & events - City of Johns Creek



2014 Programs

& Special Events

An agency member of:

City of Johns Creek Parks

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center (9770 Autrey Mill Road)

Forty-six acres of ravine forest, with 2-plus miles of walking trails winding past a scenic

creek with rocky shoals, picturesque cliffs, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants and

animal life.

Facilities include a Heritage Village with several historical buildings, replica Native American

dwellings, and a Visitor’s Center that houses live animal displays. Autrey Mill is a popular

location for scouting activities, such as Eagle Scout projects.

Newtown Park (3150 Old Alabama Road)

Three 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, community garden, 2 playgrounds and a small

lake. Park Place at Newtown School (the City’s premier

active adult center) and the Newtown Community

Clubhouse are located in the park.

Ocee Park (10900 Buice Road)

Eight lighted softball/baseball fields, 4 picnic pavilions,

2 playgrounds, 2 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts,

2 outdoor basketball courts and half-mile walking/jogging track.

Shakerag Park (10945 Rogers Circle)

Lake (3.8 acres), playground, 3 picnic shelters, quarter-mile jogging track, 3 large multi-purpose

athletic fields and 2 miles of nature trails.

Non-Profit Park Associations

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 and camps.



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden

Johns JC Creek Garden Association


Manages/operates G

the City’s Community Garden in Newtown Park.

Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden


Newtown JC

C Recreation

Provides G year-round youth sports programming, including soccer, baseball,

Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden

lacrosse, flag football, tennis and more.



C G Park Athletic Assocation

Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden

Provides spring and fall youth t-ball, baseball and softball programs.


Johns C G Creek Veterans Association

Johns Creek Garden Association

Monthly meetings, events and activities tailored to the interests of resident veterans of the

Newtown Park Community Garden

United States Armed Forces.



Johns Creek Garden Association

Newtown Park Community Garden

Mission Statement

The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and

sense of community by providing safe facilities and programs that promote health and well-being.

Park Facility Highlights

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 and operated by the

Johns Creek Garden Association (JCGA) and

was created in 2010 in part by members of

Leadership Johns Creek. For more information,


Newtown Dream Dog Park

The City’s original Newtown Dog Park received a

$500,000 facelift in June 2011, compliments of the

national Beneful® contest won by Johns Creek

resident, Pat McNeely. Now, Newtown Dream Dog

Park is a popular destination for dog lovers across

Metro Atlanta and considered one of the top dog parks

in the country.

Located on nearly 2 acres inside Newtown Park, it features

artificial turf, sprinklers for dogs to play in, obstacles to play

on, plus water fountains for people and pets. It offers separate

play areas for large and small dogs, along with

benches, shelters, and shade trees.

Dog waste bags are provided and all dog owners are

required to clean up after their dogs. To review dog park

rules, visit

Park Place at Newtown School

(Johns Creek’s Active Adult Center)

Park Place at Newtown School (3125 Old Alabama

Road), offers a variety of fun, helpful, and

interesting activities for Johns Creek residents,

ages 62+.

Free/low cost activities such as bridge,

movie matinees and bingo as well as more

active programs including yoga, Zumba,

potluck lunches, day trips to places such as

the Georgia Aquarium and North Georgia

wineries, computer classes and more are

offered at the center adjacent to Newtown


For hours of operation and to register

for classes, please call 678-512-3430,

email, or




Johns Creek State (GRPA) Swim Team

The City-sponsored Johns Creek Aquatic Team

(JCAT) is comprised of qualified swimmers

from local neighborhood/subdivision swim

teams who compete at the Georgia Recreation

& Parks Association (GRPA) State Swim Meet.

JCAT consistently wins medals and accolades

at the annual meet.

Qualifying: June 27, Atlanta Swim Association

(ASA) Championship Meet at Georgia Tech

GRPA State Meet: July 25 & 26,

Cumming Aquatic Center, Cumming, GA

Registration: Qualifiers are required to commit

and register for the JCAT on the day of the

qualifying meet (June 27).

Age: 7 years of age and older

Cost: $60 (resident), $90 (non-resident)

Lego Camp

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer designed

projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to

create your own unique design. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO®

building system with the guidance from Play-Well TEKnologies. This is an ideal way to

prepare young builders for the challenge of engineering ‘FUN’damentals.

Date: July 28 – Aug. 1

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Ages: 5-7)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Ages: 8-11)

Location: Newtown Community Clubhouse

Age: 5 – 11 years old

Min/Max: 11 minimum – 24 maximum

Cost: $150 (resident), $225 (non-resident)

Registration begins: Monday, June 30

Registration deadline: Friday, July 18

Adult Co-ed Softball

Adult participants of all skill levels competitively play slow pitch softball. All teams participate

in an end-of-season single-eliminiation tournament (weather permitting).

Season Dates: Aug. 26 – Oct. 21

Game Days: Tuesday night

(Some rained out games may be played

on weekends)

Game Times: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.

Location: Ocee Park, Field #4

Ages: Must be at least 18 years of age

Cost: $450 per team (Teams required to

provide their own numbered jerseys)

Non resident players: $15 extra per non-resident

Registration begins: June 30

Registration deadline: Aug. 1


For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division


Clubhouse Fitness Classes

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 and

class fees, please visit


Yoga can improve flexibility, muscle tone,

strength, and help in stress management.

Stretches, poses, and relaxation will be taught.


Pilates can help support correct posture; build

flexibility and muscle strength, along with improving

coordination and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi can help with strength, relaxation, and

mental alertness as well as helping to correct

body postures and possible relief of chronic pain.


This popular fitness program combines Latin

music with easy-to-follow dance moves for an

effective & exhilarating calorie-burning workout.

Johns Creek Veterans Association

The City of Johns Creek invites local U.S. military veterans to join the Johns Creek Veterans

Association at Park Place, the city’s active adult center.

The Association enriches the lives of Johns Creek’s veterans

through events, programs, and activities tailored

to the interests of resident veterans of the United States

Armed Forces. The Association is run and organized by

its members with the City providing logistical support and

meeting space.


• Constructing Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park

• Veteran’s Oral History project (videotaping of your military experiences

for history, children, grandchildren, etc.)

• Visits to local veteran hospitals

• Activities with returning warriors groups

• Care package outreach to local deployed units

• Volunteer for City programs and events

Veterans of any branch of the U.S. Military are welcome to join. For more information,

please call Robby Newton in the City’s Recreation & Parks Division at 678-512-3200 or


at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation Programs & Events

The Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division now 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 self-esteem, self-confidence and independence,

and promote community involvement.

Batter Up Tee Ball

Batter Up Tee Ball is a volunteer and parentled

program designed to teach boys and girls

within the autism spectrum the fundamentals

of tee ball in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Players will learn to catch, throw and hit during

the one-hour sessions.

Dates: Saturdays, March 15 – May 3

Location: Newtown Park

Time: TBD

Fee: FREE! (Players should provide their

own baseball glove)

Ages: 4–8 years old (age as of Sept. 1,


Registration & Info: 678-297-2662 or

Young Adult Tuesday Bocce Ball

Join the Recreation & Parks Division and

Community Partner AADD (All About Developmental

Disabilities) in a new Bocce

Ball program. If you or someone you

know has a developmental disability and

you’re between the ages of 18-40 and

looking to play bocce ball & socialize with

your peers, then this group is for you! This

group’s goal is to be an interactive peer

activity and we welcome all who would

like to participate. Parents are encouraged

to drop off young adults to enjoy

your free time.

Dates: April 1, 15 & 29, May 13 & 27,

June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, Aug. 5 & 19,

Sept. 2 & 16

Location: Newtown Park Bocce Ball

Courts next to Park Place

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fee: FREE!

Ages: 18 – 40 years-old

Registration & Info: 404-809-2922 or

Summer Kick-Off Picnic

Families who have an individual with a

disability are invited to join us for a Summer

Kick-Off Picnic that will include free food,

music, activities and fun.

Date: Saturday, May 10

Location: Newtown Park – Park Place

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ages: All are welcome

Fee: FREE! (You must pre-register in order

to participate)

Registration & Info: 678-512-3200 or

Saturday Family Bocce Ball

Families who have an individual with a

disability are encouraged to try the ancient

sport of Bocce Ball at the Newtown

Park Bocce Ball Courts at Park Place. A

blend of croquet and bowling, the game is

easy, fun and no experience is required.

Meet new friends and have fun “bowling”

balls to get your ball closest to the target


Dates: Summer and Fall with specific dates TBD

Location: Newtown Park Bocce Ball

Courts next to Park Place.

Time: TBD

Fee: FREE!

Ages: All are welcome (This is a family

participation program. “Drop offs” are not


Registration & Info: 678-512-3200 or


For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division

Special Events

Spring Easter Egg Hunt

Children hunt for thousands of filled eggs “hidden” on

Newtown Park’s athletic fields. Special prize eggs in

each age-group are part of the fun. “Pre-Hunt” activities

include face painting, moonwalk, children’s activities,

and photos with the Easter Bunny. Please bring your

own basket and camera for pictures.

Date: Saturday, April 12

Time: 10 a.m. “Pre-Hunt” activities;

11 a.m. Egg Hunt begins

Location: Newtown Park, main soccer field

Age: 1-10 years of age (areas separated by age)

Cost: Free

Pitch, Hit & Run

The Aquafina Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitch, Hit and

Run competition provides Johns Creek youngsters the

chance to compete to show off their baseball or softball skills

at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minn.

Boys and girls divide into age groups and compete in

pitching, hitting and running (compete on same day,

awarded separately). Highest scored champion in each

category and age group from local competition advance

to the Sectional Competition (date/location TBD).

Date: Saturday, April 26

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Ocee Park

Age: Boys and Girls ages 7-14

Cost: Free

Registration: Register onsite April 26. Please bring copy of participant’s birth certificate.

North Fulton Golden Games

The 20th annual North Fulton Golden Games, May 1-22, is a collaborative effort by North

Fulton cities and provides a month-long series of Olympic-style events and activities

(shot put, one-mile run, tennis, golf, and bowling) for North Fulton adults age 50 and

older. Participants compete in track and field events, tennis tournament, golf tournament,

Bocce ball competition, Wii bowling, swimming and more.

Opening Ceremonies

Date: Thursday, May 1

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Alpharetta Community Center, Alpharetta

Cost: $15 (includes t-shirt, lunch and entry into

several Golden Games competitions); additional

fees for golf and bowling tournaments.

Registration: Call Park Place at 678-512-3430 or


Closing Ceremonies

Date: May 22

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Helene Mills Senior Multipurpose

Complex, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE,

Atlanta, GA 30312

at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


Special Events

Farmers Market

Held at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings from

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., each market features more

than 20 local farmers and vendors with organic and/or

sustainable foods and produce.

For more information, or to sign up for the weekly

newsletter, visit

Date: May 31 – Sept. 6 (every Saturday)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Newtown Park

Note: Interested in being a vendor at the

Farmers Market? Contact Recreation &

Parks at 678-512-3200 or email Kirk.

National Park & Recreation Month

July is National Park & Recreation Month! This year’s

theme is “Out is In,” focusing on setting trends instead

of following them, making 2014 the year people go

outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their

community through parks and recreation.

Movies at Newtown Park

Series of three movies over the summer season offers

outdoor family fun, centered around a featured movie presented

on a huge outdoor screen.

Pre-show activities include inflatable moonwalk, giant

slide, face painting, children’s activities, give-a-ways,

entertainment, food and drinks.

Date: Saturday, June 14, July 12 & Aug. 9

Time: Movie starts at dusk. Pre-show activities start

two hours prior

Location: Newtown Park

Cost: Free

Movies: Movie titles announced one week

prior to each event.

Vendor Registration: Begins Monday, May 5

Note: Interested in sponsoring the popular

series, or having a vendor table at the events

in front of hundreds of residents and visitors?

Contact Recreation & Parks at 678-512-3200 or



For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division

Special Events

Public Works Day

The Recreation & Parks Division supports this annual

event, presented by the City’s Public Works Department.

Public Works Day provides an up-close view of bulldozers,

backhoes, public safety vehicles and other cool machines,

in conjunction with National Public Works Week.

The “touch-a-truck” event offers the opportunity to learn about

the equipment used for projects, such as road improvements

and traffic signal operations, from the professionals

who operate the equipment.

Games, children’s activities, prizes, music and food are

also featured, while Public Works staff answers questions

and demonstrates the department’s many services.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Newtown Park

Cost: Free admission and parking

Fall Family Festival

The 6th annual Johns Creek Fall Family Festival

features music, games, activities, art & crafts, moonwalks,

giant slides, obstacle course, Farmers Market

and more.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Newtown Park

Vendor registration: Begins Monday, Aug. 4.

Deadline is Friday, Aug. 29.

Note: Interested in sponsoring the festival, or having

a vendor table in front of thousands of residents

and visitors? Contact Recreation & Parks at 678-

512-3200 or visit


Bring out your furry friend to the second annual

Pup-a-Palooza for a tail-wagging good time. The

event features local vendors, food, live music,

activities, entertainment and more for the whole


Date: Saturday, Oct. 11

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Location: Newtown Park - Dream Dog Park

Cost: Free

Note: Interested in sponsoring this event, or having

a vendor table in front of hundreds of residents and

visitors? Contact Recreation & Parks at 678-512-

3200 or visit

at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


Special Events

8th Annual Founders Day Parade & Santa Jam

The Johns Creek Founders Day Parade is a celebration of the City’s incorporation.

Santa Jam, immediately following the parade, includes an up-close look at some of the

Parade’s highlights including a special photo op with Santa, parade musical groups,

parade vehicles plus other games, activities, food, moonwalks and entertainment.


Date: Saturday, Dec. 6

Time: Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Location: State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge & West

Morton roads.

Santa Jam

Date: Saturday, Dec. 6

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road

Breakfast with Santa

All Johns Creek boys and girls are invited

to have breakfast with Santa. Children

will also enjoy music, holiday crafts, letters

to Santa, and pictures with Santa.

(Parents please bring your camera.)

Date: Saturday, Dec. 13

Time: Two breakfast times: 9 a.m. and

10:30 a.m. (each breakfast is an hour


Location: Park Place at Newtown

School (3125 Old Alabama Road)

Cost: $20 (resident), $30 (non-resident).

No fees for adults but a limitation

of 2 adults per family.

Registration begins: Monday, Nov. 3.

Deadline is Friday, Dec. 5. Space limited,

maximum 20 children per breakfast.

Note: Each child must be pre-registered

and accompanied by an adult. Please

register early.

For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division


Online Program Registration


Program Registration & Facility Rentals available online in 2014

Later this year, Johns Creek residents will be able to register for programs and rent park

pavilions and other park facilities by visiting and clicking on

the “Register Online” button. Currently, residents can register by calling 678-512-3200 or

in-person at Johns Creek City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

The City of Johns Creek is concerned about the

safety and security of our customers. Accordingly,

we will have a number of technological protections

in place to ensure that our transaction process is

extremely safe and that our customers' information

is secure.

Registering for programs and reserving park facilities

will be easy. Please visit for

updates on when online registration become available.

Questions? Contact Kirk Franz or Sunnie McWalters at 678-512-3200.

Sirens at Johns Creek parks warn patrons of potential lightning strikes

Thanks to lightning prediction devices

and sirens at Ocee and Newtown parks,

Johns Creek park patrons have advanced

warning of possible lightning strikes.

The devices, made by Thor Guard,

monitor the atmosphere’s electrostatic

energy up to 15 miles away and

evaluate the potential for lightning

within a 2-mile radius. When conditions

seem favorable for lightning,

a siren sounds for 15 seconds and a

strobe flashes. The sirens may sound

periodically if conditions persist. When

conditions are no longer threatening,

the siren sounds three blasts of five seconds

each to signal all clear.

The Ocee Park Athletic Association

installed a lightning prediction device atop a storage unit between two ball fields before

the city was founded in 2006. Newtown Recreation installed a similar device on the

concession stand.

To learn what to do in a thunderstorm, visit

at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


Park / Facility Improvements

The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division is constantly improving its facilities to

provide a better recreation experience for its citizens.

Recently completed projects:

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

• The Summerour House received needed exterior work &

was repainted

• A new park entrance sign was constructed on Old Alabama Road

Newtown Park

• Both playgrounds were replaced and renovated with

state-of-the-art equipment

• Construction commenced on the Veterans Memorial Walk

• Shade structures were added over the playgrounds & stands

Ocee Park

• A new irrigation system was installed on the athletic fields

& for landscaping along Buice Road

• A new sidewalk was constructed to connect the new stairs

with the main cloverleaf area

• Shade structures were built over the playground

Shakerag Park

• Several pavilions were constructed

• New grandstand bleachers were installed with shade structures

• The field service road was paved

• Phase II of the Nature Trail System is under construction

Planned Park Improvements for 2014

• A new amphitheater at Newtown Park

• Additional construction of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park

• Renovation of the Community Clubhouse at Newtown Park

• Baseball field improvements at Shakerag Park in conjunction with Fulton County Schools

For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division


Recreation & Parks Policies

Refund Policy

• 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—either by check or by reversing credit card charges – may take up to 30 days for

processing. There are no cash refunds.

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 issues.

• A full refund will be given for canceled classes/programs.

Non-Resident Fee Policy

Non-residents will pay an increased fee of 50% for all 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. These fees are being collected to help with park maintenance

which is not being funded by non-residents who do not pay City of Johns Creek taxes.

Photograph/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


Special Event Cancellation

Special Event cancellations caused by inclement weather, etc. will be posted on the City

website at

Johns Creek Park Geocaches

The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division has hidden geocaches throughout our City recreation

areas to encourage people to explore our parks’ scenic trails and natural spaces. In a high-tech treasure

hunt, visitors armed with GPS units experience unique pathways, historic places, or beautiful views as

they try to locate geocaches, which could be in a tree, behind a rock, or under a log.

To start geocaching, participants should visit to create a profile and find coordinates

of geocaches at one of our parks. Coordinates need to be transferred into a portable GPS unit, which is

used to guide the geocache hunter to the precise hiding spot. Traditional caches come in a variety of forms,

including film canisters, ammo cans and other sealed containers. They may contain maps, key chains, fishing

tackle, stickers, rain ponchos, stickers and many other trinkets.

Once you find a geocache, the basic rules are to take something, leave something, and log your achievement

in a notebook and/or online. To learn more about geocache hunting, please visit

Parks and recreation is entirely about active lifestyles, which ultimately

create lively and fit communities. The Johns Creek Recreation & Parks

Division provides facilities and programs to encourage active recreation,

increasing physical activity, reducing the onset and severity of obesity-related

health conditions, and saving money through reduced health care costs.

Take a walk or enjoy other activities in your neighborhood park; save money and your health!

at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


For more information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Division


at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


Recreation & Parks Office

Johns Creek City Hall

12000 Findley Road, Suite 400

Johns Creek, GA 30097

Recreation & Parks Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 678-512-3200

Fax: 678-512-3270

Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Staff

Kirk Franz, Recreation Manager, CPRP

Robby Newton, Parks Manager, CPRP

Sunnie McWalters, Recreation Coordinator, CPRP

Marshelle Taylor, Facility Rental Coordinator

(CPRP: Certified Parks & Recereation Professional)

at 678-512-3200 or visit the City website at


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