Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

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Harrison-Caver Park
07/11/2020

Harrison-Caver Park

Our first annual Home Run Derby is in the books! Congrats to our winners in the 11-12 year old group. 1st place was Dawson Campbell with 4 dingers. Runner up was Nathaniel Reese and 3rd place was Luke Reese. Thank you all for participating. We also want to thank our prize sponsors Blue Top Restaurant & Midway Grill. Special thanks to Mason Gibbs, Will Gibbs & Chris for volunteering to help.

Today was a great day as we held the ribbon cutting for the Langley Pond dam this morning. Although the pond isn’t at fu...
07/10/2020

Today was a great day as we held the ribbon cutting for the Langley Pond dam this morning. Although the pond isn’t at full pool yet, it was a monumental day for Aiken County Government.

Harrison-Caver Park
07/07/2020

Harrison-Caver Park

Harrison Caver Park is having an adult single play Corn Hole League (17 & over) beginning in August. Entry fee is $10.00 per participant. Days and times TBA. Registration begins the week of July 13. For more info. call Jeff at the park 803-593-4698

07/03/2020
Aiken County Recreation Center

Summer meals available at Harrison-Caver Park and Aiken County Recreation Center beginning Monday!

Serenity Charity Club is bringing the Summer Food Service Program to our park, beginning Monday!

Meals will be available to all children without charge. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, July 6 to August 14.

Harrison-Caver Park from 12 noon until 12:45!

Aiken County Recreation Center from 12:30 until 1:15!

Parents can pick up the meals without children being present, BUT they MUST bring some form of ID for each child (Birth Certificate, Report Card, School ID, SS#, etc).

Due to Covid19 Guidelines, this Summer Feeding Program will be Grab-n-Go only!!! No place available to eat on location.

Please share and pass the word!

Did you know:  Langley Pond Park's Disc Golf Course reopened yesterday?!
07/02/2020

Did you know: Langley Pond Park's Disc Golf Course reopened yesterday?!

The Langley Pond Disc Golf Course is open now!
Check out the several new improvements on the course. Stairs have been added at holes 15 and 12, a boardwalk at hole 7 and retaining walls along the shoreline at the water holes have been backfilled.
PRT Park Specialist and our Maintenance staff did a fantastic job on the course! Thanks for supporting the park. If you see trash or sticks on the course, please help us out. Have fun!

06/29/2020

What: Youth Home Run Derby ⚾️
When: Saturday, July 11
Where: Harrison-Caver Park
Who: Youth baseball players 10-12 years of age
Cost: $10.00 per participant
Registration required by Friday, July 10.
For more info. call Jeff at the park. 803-593-4698.

Meet Strawberry! The resident gopher tortoise at Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. Did you know?- The gopher tortoi...
06/26/2020

Meet Strawberry! The resident gopher tortoise at Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

Did you know?
- The gopher tortoise is the only tortoise found in the Southeast.
- Gopher tortoises dig extensive burrows where they spend the majority of their time.
- Unlike the box turtle the tortoise cannot retreat into and close its shell.
- The gopher tortoise has stumpy unwebbed feet.
- Gopher tortoises are currently protected by federal law under the Endangered Species Act.

On June 17th, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a vote of 73 - 25.--At no additional cost to tax...
06/25/2020
Audubon Action Alert: Save America's Open Spaces

On June 17th, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a vote of 73 - 25.
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At no additional cost to taxpayers, the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act provides permanent funding to restore natural landscapes, enhance recreation, and protect wildlife while creating jobs and driving investment in local communities. Help save America's open spaces: let your elected officials know you support this important legislation!

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped to protect habitat in every state and nearly every county in the country. But it depends on Congress to approve funding every year.

Meet Juliette! One of the resident Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) at the Ruth Patrick Science Educati...
06/25/2020

Meet Juliette! One of the resident Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center!
--Did You Know? Eastern Box Turtles ...
• are omnivores.
• share a deep connection to the location they were born in. Most specimens do not travel far from the place of their birth.
• typically grow to 10 centimeters by 15 centimeters (4 inches by 6 inches).
• generally live for 25-35 years but have been known to survive to over 100 years old.
• underside of its shell, called its plastron, is hinged. This allows them to almost completely shut their shell when threatened.
• are usually found near ponds, fields, meadows, and woodlands throughout the eastern half of the United States.

Please meet Bert! The Southern Toad from Ruth Patrick Science Education Center! Did you know?• Contrary to popular folkl...
06/24/2020

Please meet Bert! The Southern Toad from Ruth Patrick Science Education Center! Did you know?
• Contrary to popular folklore, toads do not cause warts! And kissing one will not turn it into a prince.
• The average body length of southern toads is usually 1.5 to 3 inches long but have been found over 4 inches long. Males are smaller than females
• Southern toads can be found from southeast Virginia to the Florida Keys through the Atlantic coastal plain, and inland as far as western Mississippi and parts of southern Louisiana.
• Southern toads are nocturnal and can be found burrowed in sandy soil or debris. They are urbanized and quite comfortable in yards, parks and other human environments near a water source.
• Their skin has an irregular warty texture, with multiple warts within each dark spot, some of which are rough or spiny.
• Southern toads produce bufotoxin which can be toxic or foul-tasting to different predators.
• Toads are Insectivores. They eat mainly crickets, roaches, snails and other invertebrates.
• Some people call these common creatures “hop toads” and they do indeed move about in short hops rather than long leaps.

06/24/2020

Home Run Derby ⚾️ - SATURDAY at Harrison-Caver Park! Please register by FRIDAY - $10/entry! Prizes donated by Blue Top and Midway Grill! Call 803.593.4698 for more information!

06/23/2020

TACO 🌮 Balls!
- I can of biscuits
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- 6 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 egg white beaten
- small jar of salsa

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Flatten each biscuit with a rolling pin.
3. Add shredded cheese, meat , black beans, spoonful of salsa.
4. Fold over your dough to make a round ball. Pinch ends together to close tightly.
5. Place on cookie tray and brush lightly with beaten egg whites.
6. Bake for 15 minutes and serve immediately.

YUMMY!!

06/22/2020
Harrison-Caver Park

⚾️ Who can still hit the long ball?? Let’s see what you got! ⚾️

Reminder: Adult softball Home Run Derby competition is Saturday, June 27 beginning at 10:00AM! Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 26 by 4:30PM. $10.00 per competitor. Register at Harrison Caver Park building.

Here’s a class for our teens! Thank you SRP Federal Credit Union!
06/22/2020

Here’s a class for our teens! Thank you SRP Federal Credit Union!

This site offers a list of agencies that offer free to low cost computers for disabled and low income families.
06/19/2020
Free & Low Cost Computers For Low Income Families

This site offers a list of agencies that offer free to low cost computers for disabled and low income families.

Free computers for low income families, free used and recycled computers, used computer hardware, free PC’s, computers for the classroom, free computers for the disabled, very cheap computer …

The South Carolina Agritourism Association’s Passport program for farms continues in 2020. Visit the participating farms...
06/19/2020
Agritourism - South Carolina Department of Agriculture

The South Carolina Agritourism Association’s Passport program for farms continues in 2020. Visit the participating farms and collect stamps to win Certified South Carolina items! Check the website out for more details!

Explore our state with National Geographic Kids!
06/17/2020
South Carolina

Explore our state with National Geographic Kids!

Get South Carolina facts, maps, and pictures in this U.S. state profile from National Geographic Kids.

06/16/2020

TACO 🌮 Bites!

Tostitos Scoops!
1 lb taco seasoned hamburger meat
1/2 c sour cream
2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 shredded cheddar cheese
25 mini tomatoes

1. Place chips onto a platter.
2. Add 1/2 tsp of meat into each one.
3. Pipe (use a sandwich bag with one corner cut off) sour cream over the meat.
4. Add shredded lettuce.
5. Top with cheese and a half tomato.

ALL DONE!

Here is another great website for freebies!
06/16/2020
Free Stuff for Kids with Disabilities

Here is another great website for freebies!

From foundations and grants to books, bikes and benefits - a big list of places that can help out with free stuff for kids with disabilities

Now updated for 2020! Are you looking for some fun and free things for kids by mail? Check out this list for some amazin...
06/15/2020
25 Free Things For Kids by Mail

Now updated for 2020! Are you looking for some fun and free things for kids by mail? Check out this list for some amazing freebies for kids by mail!

UPDATED FOR 2020! Looking for a fun project for your kids? Requesting freebies can be lots of fun! Here are 25

Come check out the display by June’s Artist of the Month Betsy Hughes at the Aiken County Visitors Center.
06/15/2020

Come check out the display by June’s Artist of the Month Betsy Hughes at the Aiken County Visitors Center.

As the name suggests, this website focuses on detailing how stuff works. From soda fountains to tornados, you will find ...
06/15/2020
HowStuffWorks - Learn How Everything Works!

As the name suggests, this website focuses on detailing how stuff works. From soda fountains to tornados, you will find everything here. Everything is written in a short and easy to understand language. You will have fun and also learn a lot!

We’re ready...as soon as we find lifeguards! Please contact 803.663.6142 for more information. 🏊🏽‍♀️💦
06/15/2020
Troubled waters: Lifeguard shortage delays pool opening

We’re ready...as soon as we find lifeguards! Please contact 803.663.6142 for more information. 🏊🏽‍♀️💦

GRANITEVILLE — A traditional, high-profile summer job for teenagers and young adults remains an option this week, and employees of the Aiken County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism are

Mental Floss is a cool website which tells you the hidden stories behind the popular happenings around the world. They c...
06/12/2020
Mental Floss

Mental Floss is a cool website which tells you the hidden stories behind the popular happenings around the world. They cover everything from science to history to technology to pop culture. Prepare your mind to be blown away by learning fascinating facts and hidden elements behind things which you thought you already know of!

Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts - Fun Quizzes and Trivia

Great website for your kiddos to learn about energy!
06/12/2020
SaveOnEnergy.com Kids Learning Center

Great website for your kiddos to learn about energy!

Visit Nico the Ninja's hideout to explore fun activities and learn about energy topics from electrical safety to energy savings!

This site will bring the wonders of space right to your child’s computer. It's better suited for older children, as ther...
06/11/2020
AmazingSpace

This site will bring the wonders of space right to your child’s computer. It's better suited for older children, as there are no games. However, kids will be able to see outer space through the Hubble telescope, or catch a glimpse of their own night sky online. The site encourages parents to grab a telescope and share with children the beauty of the sky from their own backyard!

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC65A and contracts NAS5-26555 and NAS5-03127. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of...

Funology touts itself as being “the science of having fun!” Kids will love the magic tricks, allowing them to impress th...
06/11/2020
Crafts, Projects, Science Experiments, and Recipes for Moms with Young Children – Funology

Funology touts itself as being “the science of having fun!” Kids will love the magic tricks, allowing them to impress their family and friends. Parents will love the many crafts pages and the blog that reviews games and more. There are also scientific experiments available for kids to do with parents. One such experiment is to build a terrarium for a child’s favorite dinosaur. Or check out the recipes page for healthy snacks, breakfasts, lunches, or dinners!

www.funology.com

Funology -- the science of having fun -- is the premiere online destination for parents and teachers. We offer tons of fun, creative activities, games, jokes, trivia, and you might even learn something! It's all here and it's all free!

06/10/2020
Bee City

What do you know about Koi fish??

Koi fish are fresh water fish that originate from Eastern Asia. ...
They come in a variety of colors, not just orange. ...
Most koi fish outlive their owners, having a lifespan of 200+ years. ...
Koi fish are extremely intellectual. ...
Koi fish can grow up to three feet long if raised in appropriate conditions.

Address

1930 University Pkwy
Aiken, SC
29801

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(803) 642-7559

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Are there any plans to reopen the Horse Creek Kayak Trail once Langley Pond reopens? I’m hearing there are several obstacles along the route.
Where are Christmas tree drop-off locations?
Langley Pond this morning, Hole 1. The course looks AMAZING. Thank you Aiken County! The #discgolf community truly recognizes and appreciates EVERYTHING you do for us on the courses, and for the parks in general. Top Notch! 👍👍
Young Guns 8U Baseball Club is currently looking for a few players. We will be having an open practice/tryout SUNDAY AUGUST 4,2019 at Gregg Park DYB field, for all players who are interested in joining our program. If you can't make it please contact Coach Ross Sullivan via Facebook messenger or call/text at 803-645-1743.
Saturday, April 13! Please RSVP by April 11!
https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Buck_Rhaney_Memorial_Driven_by_Innova_2018 The 2nd annual Buck Rhaney Memorial is all set! Registration opens Wednesday at 8pm.
What date do you have to be four years old to play t ball this season? Thank you!
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City Amateur Golf Championship. First round at Cedar Creek Golf Club and second round at The Aiken Golf Club. Register today. Quite a good deal and loads of fun (and food).
We have some nice parks, a pool, a couple of splash pads, 80 softball fields, and a train depot. Statesboro, GA has a first class water park and aquatic facility run by their county prt in a rural area probably half the size of the csra. Let's build a new parking garage though.
Check out #2 on our list of Fun Things to Do in Aiken!
Super Smart Girl Contest!!