South Georgia offers an abundance of challenges to the most avid of outdoors enthusiasts.

Over 30 parks are available throughout Lowndes, Brooks, and Lanier Counties for your enjoyment.
Community Parks and Recreation

The City of Valdosta formed the Parks and Recreation Department in 1972 to serve a variety of recreation, facility, cultural, and open space needs in the community including athletic programs for youth and adults, special programs for the mentally and physically disabled, active programs for senior adults, instructional classes, special concerts, and cemetery services. The department has grown from its meager beginnings to a present staff of 52 full-time employees and over 200 seasonal part-time employees.

Neighborhood parks are located within or adjacent to neighborhoods and take on the character of the surrounding area. Sixty percent of the residents of Valdosta live within a quarter mile of a park. Primary access is achieved by walking or bike riding. Neighborhood parks provide opportunities for casual play. However, they can also accommodate special programs for a short duration. There is a balance of active and passive recreation opportunities. Facilities include playgrounds, multi-purpose courts/fields, tennis courts, landscaped sitting areas, recreation buildings, and picnic areas.

Urban open spaces and memorials are generally small landscaped or natural sites located within developed areas. Primary functions include buffering, stormwater retention, wildlife habitat, or visual relief. Examples of urban open spaces include pocket-parks, landscaped medians, parkways, traffic circles and cemeteries. Facilities at these sites may include trails, walks, benches, gardens, or memorials.

Access to community parks can be by walking, biking, but more often occurs by car. They are usually located near major collector streets or arterial roads and serve the needs of several neighborhoods. They are typically more intensely developed than neighborhood parks and tend to be more actively-oriented. Facilities may include athletic fields, swimming pools, multi-purpose fields, and recreation centers. Natural areas are incorporated to provide biking, fitness, picnicking, and open space activities.

The number of park users has also shown a significant increase during the past decade. As the population of Valdosta and Lowndes grows, so does the need for more programs in both number and diversity. The goal of Valdosta*Lowndes Recreation, Parks and Community Affairs Department is to meet the leisure needs of our customers.

The J.E. Mathis Municipal Auditorium, operated by the Valdosta*Lowndes Recreation, Parks and Community Affairs Department, is the site of local plays, choral presentations, and public meetings, as well as traveling events such as the Atlanta Symphony and popular concerts. Mathis Auditorium is a facility of approximately 30, 000 square feet; the auditorium seats 1,206 and the 5,000 square foot multi-purpose room has a full commercial kitchen.

The Metro Community Senior Citizens Program features a 12,000 square-foot Senior Citizens Center. The program offers a range of leisure activities, from arts & crafts, bridge clubs and bingo, to more athletic programs such as aerobics, bowling, line dancing, Tai Chi classes, a Travel Club and the Golden Olympics. Seasonal holiday events are coordinated throughout the year and include dinners, dances, friendship lunches and a variety of social events.

Wild Adventures Theme Park
Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA is a Theme Park, Water Park and Animal Park - all in one. Enjoy thrilling rides and roller coasters for all ages, hundreds of animals, seasonal shows and over 20 live concerts each year. Take a break from your daily routine and give your family a much-needed affordable Georgia vacation at Wild Adventures.

Quitman-Brooks County

Enjoy entertainment at the Gazebo on the courthouse lawn in Downtown Quitman or the new Veteran's park featuring a walking track, covered pavilion, picnic tables, grills, tennis courts and more.