With more than 950 acres of parkland, Sandy Springs residents and visitors, of all ages, can enjoy the many activities found in any one of the city’s 16 parks. The City’s Recreation and Parks department in partnership with the National Park Service, maintain beautiful trails for hiking and exploring along the City’s 22 miles of the Chattahoochee River shoreline. All parks are open from sun-up to sundown, except for parks with athletic fields and programming. Click here to view a map of our parks, with information on the onsite amenities.
The City developed a Recreation and Parks Master Plan which assessed the current inventory and determined the potential to add more recreation and parks initiatives.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is seeking comments on a proposed trail that is being considered for the Holcomb Bridge Unit. The Holcomb Bridge Unit (unit) is located in the City of Sandy Springs along Crooked Creek.
More details are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/CHATCrookedCreek
Trail development is being considered because the unit currently provides no access to the public. The proposed trail would connect to Cooked Creek and would be a natural surface hiking trail (with a total mileage of approximately 2 miles), providing an out and back loop experience with nice views of the Chattahoochee River from a bluff. The deadline to submit comments is Aug 22, 2019.
Where is the main Recreation and Parks office located and what are the office hours?
The Recreation and Parks Department’s administrative offices are located at the Hammond Park Gymnastics Center, 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, and City Hall at 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Office hours are:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at City Hall
Monday - Friday: 4p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Hammond Park Gym
What hours are the City parks open?
All parks are open from sun-up to 11:00 p.m. except for Morgan Falls Overlook Park, River Park, the Dog Park, Heritage Park, and Ridgeview Park which are open from sun-up to sun-down. The Abernathy Greenway Park is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Do I need a permit to have a picnic in one of the parks?
Groups are invited to use pavilions, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you bring a picnic lunch to a park, for example, and a pavilion is not being used, you are welcome to use it. However, if a group has reserved a pavilion in advance for an event such as a family reunion, it may not be used during the reserved time by another individual or group. A permit is required for guaranteed use. At Overlook Pavilion Section C is always open to the public.
Are pets permitted in the parks?
As adopted in Ordinance No. 2006-02-11 Chapter 8 Article 2 Section 4 (i): Pets. All pets must be on a leash and the owner is responsible for disposal of pet waste. All pets are prohibited on athletic fields, unless written permission for such has been authorized by the City Manager or the Director of Recreation and Parks.
Is alcohol permitted in the parks?
No, it is not permitted. As adopted in Ordinance No. 2006-02-11 Chapter 8 Article 2 Section 4 (a): Alcoholic beverages. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess and/or consume any alcoholic beverage, or be under the influence of alcoholic, malt and/or vinous beverage, within in any public park and/or within any building or facility under the supervision of the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department unless such usage is expressly permitted by signage or published rules of the particular park or recreation building.
Can I play music at the parks?
Yes, with the exception of Overlook Park. Amplified sound and live music is prohibited at Overlook Park.