Quality of Life
Quality of Life: Recreation
Recreational opportunities abound in Douglasville and the surrounding area. From the 2,000 acre Sweetwater Creek State Park in east Douglasville to Six Flags over Georgia just a few miles east of the City, there are many local recreational opportunities to satisfy both outdoor enthusiasts and those that like to have the action come to them.
The City of Douglasville has a comprehensive park system with seven parks that total over 300 acres. The City’s park system provides ball fields, a gymnasium, playgrounds, picnic shelters, swimming pools, a miniature train, fishing lake, walking track, fitness course, and many other recreational opportunities. In addition to the City, Douglas County has several outstanding parks and facilities including Deer Lick and Boundary Waters.
Sweetwater Creek State Park is the largest park in Douglasville and is a peaceful haven of wooded trails, rocky bluffs and wildlife. Following the free flowing stream that runs through the park leads to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill destroyed during the Civil War. The trail behind the mill takes visitors to a breathtaking view of the shoals below. The park is also home to the 215 acre George Sparks Reservoir which is popular with anglers and provides a beautifully serene setting for feeding ducks and canoeing.
Hunter Park, adjacent to Downtown Douglasville, is maintained by the City. Hunter Park features a swimming pool, playground, lake, tennis courts, miniature train and walking track. It also has a veteran’s memorial with a F105-D fighter jet. Many of Douglasville’s festivals, sports activities and recreational events take place at Hunter Park. Deer Lick Park, Boundary Waters Aquatic Center and Park, and Dog River Park are county managed facilities that offer swimming, tennis, disk golf, ball fields, hiking and trails.
Golfers will find themselves challenged by the courses in Douglasville. The City’s mild climate allows for golfing year round and the newly renovated West Pines Golf Course provides the ideal location for golfers to test their skills. While the course opened in 1965, it wasn’t until the City of Douglasville purchased it in 2004 that it became one of the best municipal courses in the Metro Atlanta. After a $4.9 million redesign and renovation by former PGA Tour Player Bill Bergin, the course reopened in 2005 to rave reviews. The course features rolling hills, creeks and wooded areas. Other courses in and near Douglasville include Chapel Hills Golf and Country Clue, Mirror Lake Golf and Country Club, and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Located off I-20, just a few miles east of Douglasville, Six Flags Over Georgia is the largest regional them park in the Southeast. Since 1967, the park has been the destination for affordable, family fun. With ten action packed roller coasters, two playfully themed children’s areas in Thomas Town and Bugs Bunny World and four interactive water rides, there’s no better spot for thrills and spills than Six Flags Over Georgia.
Six Flags Over Georgia is also the home of “40 Fun Things for Kids to Do”, the most comprehensive menu of kid-friendly, mom and dad approved items that can be found for fun activities while at the park. The park offers a number of thrill rides including the Goliath roller coaster with two 17 story drops, speeds approaching 70 miles per hour and 3.5 minute trek across 8 acres of the park.