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Parks & Recreation

Address: 99 Lake Dow Road, McDonough, GA 30252
Tel: (770) 288-7300 / Fax: (770) 288-7288
Director: Tim Coley
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We at Henry County Parks & Recreation are very excited to be able to offer such a wide variety of programming, family-friendly events, and athletics. Thanks to the support of the Henry County Board of Commissioners and citizens like yourself, we have been able to construct top-notch facilities and offer fun and challenging programs and activities for people of all ages, ranging from the arts and dancing to music, exercise, and organized sports. It has been proven that having a hobby, socializing with friends, and getting regular exercise can greatly improve one's quality of life. Parks & Recreation can help with all of that.

Background Checks

Henry County Parks & Recreation has chosen SportsPilot for its online volunteer management solutions. Anyone requiring a background check to participate in Parks and Recreation programs now can complete an application online for a $6.00 fee. Once you have received an approved email, you will then visit any Recreation Center to receive your coach’s badge for $5.00 during the following hours: Heritage Park is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm; Fairview Recreation, Locust Grove Recreation and J. P. Moseley Recreation Centers are open Monday – Thursday 8am – 8pm and Friday 8am – 4pm. Please note that if you are a returning coach please use your current login information. If you are a new coach, please use New User.

Healthy Guide

Download this guide to healthy eating for kids and teens playing sports.

What's Happening Now

Henry County Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs, activities, athletic activities, and special events. See what is happening now!

HCPRD on occasion, may photograph or videotape registrants, participants and spectators in HCPRD programs, special events or facilities. Such photographs and video are for HCPRD use only and may be used in publications, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, websites, or video productions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Parks & Recreation department is:

  1. To develop and maintain park facilities and grounds while providing year-round activities, programs, and special events for leisure and wellness pursuits of Henry County residents.
  2. To assist in acquiring property for the continued development of the park program. The Therapeutic Recreation Division will provide Henry County residents who have mental, physical, economic and behavioral challenges the opportunity to participate in competitive sporting events as well as organized outing, socials and creative activities.

The Henry County Recreation Department (HCRD) is funded through the Henry County Board of Commissioners, user fees, participant fees, grants, and donations. Henry County Recreation Board members are appointed by each Commissioner to represent theirDistrict for Parks and Recreation.

The Henry County Recreation Department is affiliated with the United States Tennis Association, Amateur Softball Association, Henry County Officials Association, United States Slow-Pitch Association,Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, National Certification of Therapeutic Specialists, National Youth Sports Coaches Association and (7) Community Youth Associations.

All athletics, programs and special events are provided for local citizens and depend on public interest for their success. A minimum, as well as a maximum, number of participants has been established for each activity. Without sufficient registration, the activities will be canceled and any fee paid will be refunded.

When a team or player fee is involved, the fee must be turned in to the main office on or before the established deadline.

Prices are subject to change without notice. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the HCRD may result in no refund.

All participants must be covered by medical/health insurance: a recreation policy is available for a small fee. All persons are invited to participate in all programs and use all facilities of the HCRD; regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

For more information on programs sponsored by the HCRD, please contact us. If we are not sponsoring an activity or sport that interest you, perhaps we can implement one or refer you to other sponsors near your community.

Pickleball offered through Henry County Parks and Rec

Fall Youth Football

McDonough - Tackle
Online Reg.:  Now - July 1; www.gaelitesports.org
Ages:  5 - 12 Location: 
Avalon Park Fee:  $225 per child
McDonough - Coed Flag
Online Reg.:  Now - Sept. 2; www.gaelitesports.org
Ages:  4 - 15 Location:
Avalon Park Fee:  $120 per child
North Henry
Online Reg.:  Now - July 14;  www.nhtigers.com
Ages:  4 - 12 Location:  J.P. Moseley Park
Fee:  $175 per child providing own equipment; $260.00 per child for new equipment; $150.00 for 4yr. Instructional League

Fall Youth Cheerleading

Online Reg.:  Now - July 15; www.gaelitesports.org
Ages:  4 - 14
Location:  Avalon Park
Fee:  $225 per child

North Henry
Online Reg.:  Now - July 14; www.nhtigers.com
Ages:  4 - 12
Location:  J.P. Moseley Park
Fee:  $225.00 per child

Fall Soccer Registration

Online Reg.:  June 1 - July 31 www.hcsa.org
Dates:  July 22, 25, 27 & 29
Time:  6 - 8pm (Tues & Thurs)10am - 3pm (Sat)
Ages:  2 - 65
Location:  N. Mt. Carmel Park
Fee:  $85.00 (Parents & Tots); $170.00 (U-4 & U-5); $190.00 (U-6 - U-18); $140.00 (Adults)
Uniforms included in fee.

Fall Tennis Registration
Session I:  Aug. 21 - Oct. 4  Session II:  Oct. 9 - Nov. 15
Days:  Mondays & Wednesdays
Fee:  $150.00 per child per session 
Ages & Times:  6 - 10; 5pm - 6pm & 11 - 17; 6pm - 7pm
Class Location:  Richard Craig Park
Registration Dates:  Session I July 31 - Aug. 18;  Session II Sept. 18 - Oct. 6
Registration Times:  Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm
Registration Locations:  Fairview Rec. Center, Heritage Park, J.P. Moseley Rec. Center,  Locust Grove Rec. Center & online at www.hcprd.org

Fall Baseball Registration

Online Reg.:  July 1 - Aug. 4  www.olabaseball.com
Dates:  July 29 & Aug. 5
Time:  10am - 2pm
Ages:  3 - 14
Location:  N. Ola Park
Fee:  $75.00 per child (4U - 5U); $150.00 per child (6U - 14U)

Fall Softball Registration

Dates:  Aug. 5 & 12
Time:  10am - 1pm Ages:  3 - 14
Location:  Alexander Park
Fee:  $120.00 per child


Advisory Board

Notice of Public Meetings: The Henry County Recreation Board will have a meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m., in the Heritage Park Office Building located at 99 Lake Dow Road McDonough, GA 30252. The public is invited to attend. Recreation Board By-Laws can be downloaded here.

Board Members
John Dewberry, Jr. | E-Mail
Wayne Swanson | E-Mail
David Wilkerson, Vice-Chairman| E-Mail
Terry Sanders, Chairman| E-Mail
Eugene Edwards | E-Mail

Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Henry County Parks & Recreation Department offers advisory board meeting agendas and minutes for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. To download, click on a link below.

Archived agendas and minutes can be found here.


Month Agenda & Minutes
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June Agenda | Called Meeting 6/29/16 Agenda | Minutes
July AgendaCalled Meeting Minutes 6/29/16 | Minutes
August Agenda | Minutes
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October Agenda | Minutes
November Agenda | Minutes
December Agenda | Minutes

Annual Report

Henry County Parks & Recreation offers their annual reports for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. To download a report, click on the year below:

For annual reports prior to 2003, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at (770) 288-7300.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a program?
Most of the programs that HCPRD offer are available for online registration. You will need to go to the online registration page and follow the steps to set up an account and then register for the program. If you want to register for youth baseball, softball, cheerleading, football, inline hockey or BMX then you will need to register at the park for which association you are wanting to play for at the specific dates and times. All other programs that are not listed above you will need to show up on the first day of the month for that program and register with the instructor. For further instructions on how to register, please view this flyer.

How do I reserve a pavilion?
All pavilion rentals are handled at the Recreation Office located at Heritage Park. Reservations are done on a first come first serve basis. You may download the reservation form and complete it and bring it to the office with payment to reserve the pavilion.

Are animals allowed in the park?
Yes but they are to be on a 6ft leash or longer and the owner needs to clean up after the animal. Animals are NOT allowed in the park 30 minutes before, after or during a scheduled event. See County Code Section 3-13-1-5 for details. No domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat or other domesticated pet, to enter Village Park at North Henry located at 750 Fairview Road in Ellenwood, Georgia, without express written permission of the county.

Can I smoke in the parks?
No, Henry County Board of Commissioners passed a policy that there is to be no smoking in any Henry County Park. See County Code Section 3-13-4 for details.

Can I operate a raffle in a Henry County Park?
You must submit an application for a license to conduct a raffle through the Henry County Sheriff’s Office located at 120 Henry Parkway.

Documents, Schedules, and Forms

Henry County Parks & Recreation events, classes, and activities can require specific documents and applications. To download those, please click below:

Youth Forms

Manuals & Policies

Misc. Documents & Forms

For documents, forms, or policies not listed above, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at (770) 288-7300.

2018 Photo Contest

As you and your family enjoy Henry County Parks for your leisure activities, bring along your camera and take pictures. Then submit your best recreation photos to win some fantastic prizes!; We are looking for photos that capture your enjoyment of Henry County Parks. The pictures can capture youth at play, sports and action, nature and wildlife, or just a picnic under a shade tree. Go ahead and take your best shot!


  • Sports & Action
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • People, Pets, and Parks


  1. All photos must be taken at a Henry County Parks and Recreation (HCPRD) park, facility, activity or event. Please note that this excludes Panola State Park in Henry County. Pictures taken during programs and events sponsored by HCPRD but occur off park property are eligible for entry.
  2. Acceptable entries may include color, black & white, film, and digital. Digitally altered photography is accepted but anything beyond the typical digital darkroom work is not.
  3. Commercial & client work is ineligible.
  4. Photographers must be at least 18 years or older in order to participate in the contest.
  5. Limit 2 entries per person per category. Categories include: Sports & Action, Nature & Wildlife, and People, Pets, and Parks.
  6. Color prints must be no smaller than 5”x7” and no larger than 11”x14”.  The entry form must be attached to each print entry.
  7. Digital photos may be submitted by email or copied to a CD clearly marked with entrant’s name and number of photos. Photos should be in jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 1024x768 or 2000 pixels on the long side of the photo. Name the files with your name, category and photo # (example: John Doe_NW_01). This would represent your file as John Doe>Nature and Wildlife>photo #1. Digital photos must be accompanied by a print out of the images (may be on one sheet of paper) with entry form attached. Entries that are submitted by email must attach an entry form along with the entries.
  8. County employees and contractors are ineligible for the photo contest.
  9. All entries must be received by October 6, 2017.
  10. Photographers agree by entering contest to give permission to HCPRD to use their images in brochures, any Henry County facility and on HCPRD’s website to promote programs in Henry County. Pictures may be displayed in exhibits, exhibited online and in department brochures and/or calendars. Photos will not be returned.
  11. Photographers retain all copyright and ownership of their original work.
  12. By entering the contest the participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Henry County Board of Commissioners, its affiliates, employees, and officers from any issues, losses, or actions emanating from or in relation to the photo contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third party claims of copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.
  13. Each participant in the photo contest is responsible for ensuring that they possess the full rights to the photos that they are submitting. Each participant is responsible for accurately titling and describing their photos.
  14. HCPRD reserves the right to reject any entry that does not comply with the above stated guidelines. HCPRD at its sole discretion reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or modify the photo contest.


Printed entries may be mailed or dropped off at one of the following location:

Henry County Parks and Recreation
ATTN: Kathy Hunt
99 Lake Dow Road
McDonough, GA 30252

Digital entries may be emailed to photocontest@co.henry.ga.us Please ensure that all entries include the application. Download the rules and application here.


There will be prizes and awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall and 3 Honorable Mentions for each category. Winners will be notified by email (or mail).


Henry County Parks & Recreation wants to say thank you to our valued sponsors. We could not do it without you! Become a sponsor!

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Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Staff is available to speak to schools, clubs or civic organizations to share information about Henry County Parks & Recreation's programs & services.

Scheduled tours of parks are available at the Veterans Wall of Honor, Historical Military Museum, Heritage Village and Nash Farm Park.

For more information, please call (770) 288-7300.

Tim Coley
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7280

Kenny R. Morris
Assistant Park Director
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7275

Donna Holder
Executive Assistant II
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7276

Michelle Dunn
Accounts Administrator
Jason T. Harper Event Center
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7310

James Martin
Fairview Recreation Center Facility Coordinator
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7285

Terry Nash, C.T.R.S.
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
Locust Grove Recreation Center Facility Coordinator
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7290

Kathy Hunt, C.P.R.P.
Program Coordinator
Locust Grove Conference Center
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7312

Peggy Hesselbach
Recreation Specialist Athletics
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7294

Brandi Dailey
Youth Athletic Coordinator
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7281

Jim Joyce
Recreation Facility Coordinator
Wall of Honor and Military Museum
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7316

Jerry Belcastro
J.P. Moseley Recreation Center Facility Coordinator
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-7273

John Hallman
Bear Creek Recreation Center Facility Coordinator
E-Mail| Phone: (770) 288-7289

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