Richland Avenue Park

This park is located off of Richland Avenue and connects to Dairy Lane Park. The park features a playground area, restroom facilities, and a shelter house with 5 tables and a grill. There are no lights or electricity at the Richland Avenue Shelter House.  The shelter house can be reserved for events for $30 per day and includes all day access (8am - 8pm) To reserve this shelter, please call 740-592-3325, stop by the Athens Community Center or click here to reserve online.

Richland Avenue Playground Renovation
The City of Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department wants to create more inclusive play opportunities at the Richland Avenue Playground! We are currently exploring the idea of replacing the 2-5 year old play area with an inclusive 2-5 year old play area (picture below). We will use turf as our inclusive surface, which reduces static electricity. Our budget is $200,000 and we would like your input! Please engage any kids in your household who may use this park!

The survey will be available through 4pm on September 1st. 

Click here to take the survey!

Richland Ave Playground Survey Flyer_Social Media Post
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Photos courtesy of Ohio University and Athens County Public Libraries

Humanities in the Park

This new, interactive exhibit series located in the Richland Ave Park aims to highlight the important role the humanities have played in shaping Athens and Southeast Ohio--and how they still impact our daily lives.

Visit the first exhibit “Women Promoting Education in Southeast Ohio” currently on display, and look for new exhibits every few months. Meant to offer something for all ages, the panels include QR codes that will take visitors to resources like diaries and documents in online archives.

Humanities in the Park is made possible, in part, by a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Many local organizations also came together to make the exhibit series possible, including the Athens Department of Arts, Parks and Recreation; the Athens County Public Libraries; humanities faculty in the Ping Institute; the Ohio University Libraries (in particular the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections and the Digital Initiatives Department); and The Central Region Humanities Center at Ohio University.

Click here for more information.