Your Parks and Recreation Bulletin
August Edition
READY! SET! GO! Is a bulletin designed to inform residents of the City of South Fulton about programs and activities happening in the City of South Fulton's Parks and Recreation Department. Whether you are looking for sporting activities for your children, programs to improve your own health or searching for activities for Seniors, the City's Parks and Recreation Department is Where you want to be!
August is National Back To School Month!
August is National Back To School Month! Students in the City of South Fulton started their first day of school on Monday, August 12, 2019.

The beginning of a new school year is busy for parents, educators, and children as everyone prepares to return to the classroom. The City of South Fulton made the transition easier for parents and children with a series of back to school celebrations located in various South Fulton districts.

Read on to see how The Atlanta Hawks celebrated the back to school season at Welcome All Park on the first day of the month. Over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away to school children.

Don't forget to sign up below for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of the fun, exciting and fulfilling programs offered to you at our parks and recreation facilities.

A few activities coming up include:

  • Marquis Grissom Baseball Association Fall Baseball League
  • COSF Adult Basketball League

You can also click here to register for COSF Parks and Recreation programming:
or access the department's website by visiting

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The Atlanta Hawks and District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis Hosted A Back to School Celebration at
Welcome All Park
In the July edition of The Ready! Set! Go! Parks and Recreation Newsletter , we told you that The Atlanta Hawks would host a Back to School Celebration at Welcome All Park to help summer campers and area children get excited about the new school year!

On Thursday, August 1st, The Atlanta Hawks Community Outreach Team along with The Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders and their mascot, Harry The Hawk, surprised area kids and summer campers with the chance to score an Atlanta Hawks backpack filled with school supplies.

Mayor William "Bill" Edwards, District 3 Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis hyped up the crowd of students, summer camp coaches, and parents with a motivating speech on the importance of doing well in school.

Our own COSF Parks and Recreation Director Tony Phillips and other children got a chance to take a picture with The Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders. Director Phillips' longstanding partnership with The Atlanta Hawks allowed for this awesome event to happen. Thanks, Director Phillips!

The Atlanta Hawks Foundation provided activities for area kids and gave away kid-sized Atlanta Hawks basketball jerseys, basketballs, and other wristbands. Kids were also given free vision screenings and more than 25 youth received glasses to help them see better in the classroom this year.

  #PRESSPLAY to see the video below of Harry The Hawk interacting with kids.
COSF's Department of Parks & Recreation
After School Program
We are three days into the new school year and registration is still open for the City of South Fulton's Department of Parks and Recreation After School Program at the following city parks: Burdett, Cliftondale, Sandtown and Welcome All.

The weekly program free per child is $40. Parents are required to pay a one-time $15 registration fee. The After School Program includes: homework assistance, recreational and academic enrichment activities.

For more information, contact the COSF Parks & Recreation Department at (470)-809-PARK (7275) or visit the City's website at
Tennis Icon Venus Williams Visits The South Fulton Tennis Center
Kids at the South Fulton Tennis Center were beaming with excitement after meeting tennis icon Venus Williams in July. Williams surprised nearly 100 young tennis players following her visit to Atlanta to compete in the BB&T Atlanta Open.

City of South Fulton leaders welcomed Williams to the tennis center located in District 3 of the City and issued a proclamation to Williams to mark the special occasion. District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis explained, “I hope Williams’ visit will shed light on the South Fulton Tennis Center’s need for additional funding to restore at least 24 tennis courts and to help support and develop the next generation of tennis greats.”

During William’s visit she played a few rounds of tennis with each age group at the center’s tennis courts and she instructed the young tennis hopefuls on how to improve their game. The United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Net Generation campaign sponsored Williams’ visit to the tennis center.

Click Here   to view stunning photos of the Venus Williams' legendary visit to the South Fulton Tennis Center. 
South Fulton Tennis Center Summer Campers Attend
 BB&T Atlanta Open
Just a few days after meeting Tennis icon Venus Williams, summer campers from The South Fulton Tennis Center went to Atlantic Station to see the BB&T Atlanta Open, a major tournament that many tennis fans from all over the world travel to see.

On Friday, July 26, 2019, South Fulton Tennis Center Director Sam Kennedy escorted more than a dozen young tennis players to Atlantic Station to participate in the Atlanta Open's
pre-game festivities during a match between Australian tennis players Bernard Tomic and Alex de Minaur.

"It was an excellent opportunity to give these kids access to the BB&T Atlanta Open," said Kennedy. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"

Campers Courtney Ross participated in the coin toss, while Maasia Sales walked out onto the court with professional tennis player Bernard Tomic and Isaiah Allen walked onto the court with fellow Australian professional tennis player, Alex De Minaur.

Thank the USTA Georgia and the NET Generation campaign for giving City of South Fulton kids this opportunity!
Maasia Sales and Tennis player Bernard Tomic
Courtney Ross performs
coin toss
Isaiah Allen and Tennis player
Alex de Minaur
Swordfish Champion Skyelar Richards Takes Home Silver Medal at State Games of America
Swordfish Champion Skyelar Richards is starting her school year off as a silver medalist. Richards competed in the 2019 State of America Games in Lynchburg,Virginia. The four-day event, July 31 - August 4, 2019, took place at Liberty University Natatorium Aquatic Center.

Richards represented the State of Georgia, The City of South Fulton, the Swordfish Swim Team at the Olympic-style event; which is held biennially, every two years on the odd year.
The next State Games of America will take place in 2021.

Congratulations Skyelar on bringing home the silver medal and for winning several other top eight finishes and ribbons at the games!
Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes Inspires The Swordfish Swim Team
The Swordfish Swim Team received a nice surprise in July when WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News Reporter Tyisha Fernandes stopped by the Welcome All Park Natotorium.
Fernandes practiced with the winning swim team and shared her stories of competitive swimming during her teenage years.
Fernandes also shared her struggles of growing up and competing as the only African-American swimmer on her team. After the talk, Fernandes demonstrated that she still can swim the butterfly stroke!
Marquis Grissom Fall Baseball League at Welcome All Park
Batter Up! The Marquis Grissom Baseball Association Fall Baseball League at Welcome All Park is in full swing!

The MGBA Fall Baseball League started on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and will run until Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Click register now to enroll your child into this awesome program.

The Marquis Grissom Baseball Association (MGBA) Baseball Program at Welcome All Park is a partnership between the City of South Fulton and its Parks and Recreation Department.

MGBA provides an opportunity for youth ages 7-13 to learn the game of baseball.

In May of 2019, Mayor William "Bill" Edwards, District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis, and Parks and Recreation Director Tony Phillips announced the partnership and welcomed MGBA to Welcome All Park for its first Spring season.

Marquis Grissom is a native of the City of South Fulton area. He has achieved the highest level of baseball by playing in the Major League for the Atlanta Braves.

Grissom caught the last out in the 1995 World Series game leading to the Atlanta Braves only World Series Championship win.

Marquis Grissom's wife, Sharon Grissom, helps her husband with the day-to-day operations of the baseball program.

"We focus not only on baseball, but also education" said Mrs. Grissom. "We just want to lift these kids up and give them a great start in life."
The Marquis Grissom Baseball Association
NEW: Sign-up for the COSF's Parks and Recreation
Adult Basketball League
Get ready for some free throws and fast breaks this Fall! The City of South Fulton's Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce its NEW Adult Basketball League . Registration is open now until Thursday, September 5, 2019.

The registration cost is $400 per team , with a maximum of 10 players per team. The Fall season will include seven regular season games and a playoffs game. Team players will hit the paint at Burdett Gym, Sandtown Park and Welcome All Park.

"We are truly excited to see the start of our new Adult Basketball League," said COSF Parks and Recreation Director Tony Phillips. "Whether you grew up playing the game or are looking for a good way to stay in shape or just like to have a good time in engaging in a healthy activity this league is for you. "

The first game is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (470)-809-PARK (7275) or call Parks and Recreation Program Manager Lakita Ford at (470)-809-7162 for more information on how to register a team.
City of South Fulton Park Activities
There are activities for everyone at the City of South Fulton's Parks and Recreation facilities. Our Parks and Recreation Department is "Where You Want to Be!"
Burdett Recreation Center

-Dance Classes

-Zumba Classes

-Art Program

-Senior Line Dance: Mondays
10:00AM -11:30AM

For more information about activities at Burdett Recreation Center, call 470-809-7184.
Cliftondale Recreation Center

-Seniors Game Day: Thursdays

-Seniors Exercise Classes: Mon., Tue., Thur.


For more information about activities at Cliftondale Recreation Center,
call 470-809-7184.
Sandtown Recreation Center

-Diamond Divas at Sandtown Park
Mon. & Wed., 6:00PM - 8:00PM, $25 registration fee, Ages 5 -18

-Youth Karate: Tue. & Thur., 6:00PM - 8:00PM, $45/per month, Ages 5 - Adults

-Open Gym: Mon.-Fri., 10:00AM - 2:30PM, and Mon.-Thur., 4:30PM- 6:00PM

-Youth Track & Field: Mon., Tue., & Thur.,6:30PM - 7:45PM, Ages 7-14 Boys & Girls, $40/per child

-Home Owners Association Meetings:
Days & Times Vary

-Youth Girls Step Team: Girls ages 6 - 13

-Youth Girls Softball: Girls, Ages 5 -10

For more information about activities at Sandtown Recreation Center, call 470-809-7194.
Welcome All Park Multipurpose Center



-Swordfish Swim Team 

-Miracle League Baseball: Special Needs Community

For more information about activities at Welcome All Park Multipurpose Center, call 470-809-7170.
Click the links below to learn more about the activities offered.
Youth Ages 5 - 14

  • Exercise
  • Club 55
  • Homemaker's Club
  • Line Dancing
  • Zumba
  • Total Body Fitness
  • Line Dancing
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Bid Whist
  • Tennis

Click the image below to sign up for these activities via CivicRec:
Burdett Park
2945 Burdett Road
City of South Fulton
GA 30349
(470) 809-7184

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday
10:00 am - 7:45 pm

Saturday & Sunday
Cliftondale Park
4645 Butner Road
City of South Fulton
GA 30349
(470) 809-7184

Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday
10:00 am - 5:45 pm

Saturday & Sunday
Sandtown Park
5320 Campbellton Road
City of South Fulton
GA 30331
(470) 809-7194

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday
10:00 am - 7:45 pm
10:00 am - 5:45 pm

Saturday & Sunday
Welcome All Park
4255 Will Lee Road
City of South Fulton
GA 30349
(470) 809-7170

Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday
7:00 am - 7:45 pm
7:00 am - 5:45 pm

9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Welcome All Natatorium
4255 Will Lee Road
College Park
GA 30349
(470) 809-71704

Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday
8:30 am - 9:45 am
11:30 am - 4:45 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 am - 4:45 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
South Fulton Tennis Center
5645 Mason Road
College Park
GA 30349
(470) 809-7197

Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday
9:00 am -9:00 pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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