Adult Sports

  • Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services has several opportunities to get fit and stay active.  No matter your sport, your skill, or your interest level, there is a way to help you get and stay healthy! 
  • Please browse the tabs below for more information about adult fitness opportunities.  
  • Feel free to visit other Athens-Clarke County Parks and Facilities for biking, hiking, running, and "on your own" activities.

Adult Pickup Basketball / Open Gym

Stay in shape and sharpen your skills in supervised pick-up basketball games. Registration is not required for this activity. 

Please note:  Summer camp and other programming affects gym use.  Please check at the front desk for the most current information.

Indoor Basketball Gyms:

Outdoor Basketball Courts:

Disc Golf

Fit and Strong!

Fit & Strong! combines flexibility, strength training, and aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis. Classes will take place twice a week for 8 weeks at Lay Park Community Center.

Register for Fit and Strong!


Indoor Fitness Rooms

Fitness rooms are available free of charge and include a multi-station gym, elliptical cross trainer, treadmills, recumbent bikes, and weights.  Please call for hours.

Outdoor Fitness Zone

Want to work out - outside? Then try the Outdoor Fitness Zone at Virginia Walker Park! The Outdoor Fitness Zone is free of charge and is located near the splash pad and covered picnic shelter.

Open during park hours, the Outdoor Fitness Zone includes equipment one would typically find in a gym including:

  • Two person chest press
  • Two person lat pull down
  • Single rowing machine
  • Seated leg extension
  • Upright bike
  • Single elliptical
  • Three person static combo


Are you interested in learning, working hard and have a desire to improve yourself physically, emotionally and mentally?

Come to East Athens Community Center and learn the world renowned hard style Yoshukai Karate developed by martial arts legend Soke Yamamoto. Training is done in traditional kata, point sparring, semi knockdown fighting, self defense and kobudo (weapons). Sensei Sherrie Hines leads our dojo at East Athens on Monday & Thursday evenings 7:00pm-8:30pm. Materials fees may apply.

Register for Karate.


Pétanque (pay-tonk) is an international French sport (related to Italian Bocce Ball) for teams of 2 or 3, played by rolling or throwing metal balls at a smaller wooden target ball. 

Pétanque is an enjoyable, competitive game of concentration, strategy, mindful focus, and body-mind coordination; with health benefits that include stress relief, improved flexibility, light cardio, and the positive mental and physical impacts of this social, outdoor activity. It is a learn as you play activity, so lessons, previous playing experience, and equipment are not required to join in the fun. 

Courts available at Lay Park.  Call 706-613-3596 with questions.

Connect with other players!

*Please note these are affiliate organizations. Affiliate organizations have been approved to hold organized leagues at Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services parks. Independent teams and leagues not associated with an approved organization will not permitted.


This exciting game is a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton and can be played with two or four players. It is played on a badminton-sized court, using a wooden or composite racquet/paddle and a pickleball, which is similar to a wiffle ball. This is a learn as you play league, so lessons or previous playing experience are not required to join in the fun.

Outdoor Locations:

Indoor Locations:

  • Heard Park: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • Lay Park: Mondays - Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Athens Area Pickleball Association

Learn about tournaments and connect with others players at Athens Area Pickleball Association.*


Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services offers a 7v7 adult co-ed soccer league. Season includes 8 matches at Walker Park. Top four teams in each league will progress to a single elimination tournament with additional matches. 

No team? No problem! "Free Agent" options available.

Contact Bryce Borden at or call 706-613-3589 with questions.

Register for Soccer.


Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services offers softball leagues for adults. Season includes 8 games at Bishop Park and Southeast Clarke Park. Teams who make the playoffs require an additional fee.

FALL 2022:

Age: 18 and older 
Registration date (click here to register) : July 5th - August 3rd, 2022 
Start Date: Week of August 15th, 2022
Fee: $400 (8 games) $50 additional if make playoffs


Adult Softball League Paperwork Material

Softball Resources

Contact Bryce Borden at with questions.

Swim and Aquatics

Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services has 5 pools and 2 splash pads, located throughout the community.

For a complete list of Swim Lessons and Program Opportunities, please visit our Aquatics page.

Adult Lap Swim

Stay active in the water with a dedicated adult lap swim time. Certified lifeguard will be on duty. 

Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics is a low impact exercise that includes a variety of stretching, limbering, and weight routines set to music.

Register for Swim Activities

Tai Chi

Improve your flexibility, increase stamina; balance and coordination by joining our Tai Chi Thursdays. Please call for registration, you may begin this class at any time.

Register for Tai Chi


A variety of adult tennis programs are available at Bishop Park and the ACC Tennis Center.  Take a moment and review the opportunities:

Adult Tennis Programs

  • Adult Tennis 101 - A beginning tennis class.  Students will learn fundamentals of tennis, including forehand, backhand, serve and volley.  This class may be repeated until instructor feels participant is ready for Tennis 201.  Bring water!  This program is offered at the ACC Tennis Center and Bishop Park.
  • Adult Tennis 201 - This program is designed to further improve stroke techniques. Consistency, strategy, and movement on court will be covered. Bring water!  Tennis 101 or equivalent of a USTA 3.0 low/3.5 high level player.
Register for Tennis Classes


We offer several clinics throughout the year to improve skills and connect players.
Ideal for beginner through experienced intermediate players (ideal for 2.5 to 4.0).  Review fundamentals, match situational drills, hit LOTS of balls and get a good workout.  Prior online registration is preferred.  

Private Lessons

Interested in small group or individual lessons?  Call the Athens Tennis Center at 706.613.3991 or email

Register for Tennis Private Lessons

Join a League

Take it to the next level and connect with other players!  We are glad to partner with the Clarke Oconee Tennis Association (COTA)* for league play.  

*Please note this is an affiliate organization. Affiliate organizations have been approved to hold organized leagues at Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services parks. Independent teams and leagues not associated with an approved organization will not permitted.