Ben Burton Park - Athens, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 33° 57.457 W 083° 26.194
17S E 274850 N 3760131
Quick Description: Large park along the Oconee River.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 12/24/2008 4:03:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM5DVZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 8

Long Description:
32 acres off Mitchell Bridge Rd.

Operating Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset

Ben Burton Park is comprised of a blend of floodplain and forest habitats. Key features include:
> A climax hardwood forest
> large grassy fields
> 1.2 mile mineral surface loop trail
> picturesque shoals on the Middle Oconee River

Dedicated in October, 1971, in the term of Mayor Julius F. Bishop. This 32-acre recreation area alongside the Oconee River occupies the site of a dismantled hydroelectric generating station built in 1896 and used for 68 years. In response to Mayor Bishop's interest in acquiring the site for the benefit of Athens Citizens, Georgia Power Company donated it to the City of Athens in 1967. The park is named in honor of Ben W Burton Georgia Power Vice President who shared Mayor Bishop's desire to see this recreation area created for the pleasure of the people.
Luther T Bond
Joseph R Hooten, Jr
W. Calvin Bridges
Robert H Kimbrell
Dwain P Chambers
Paul J Oeland
Lee H Guest
Edward L Turner
Hugh R Hale
J Comer Whitehead


Name: Ben Burton Park

Street Location: Mitchell Bridge Rd

Local Municipality: Athens-Clarke County

State/Province, etc.: GA

Country: usa

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Established: 1971

Picnic Facilities: some tables

Recreational Facilities:
trails, river

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: Oconee River

Memorial/Commemoration: Not listed

Monuments/Statues: Not listed

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Not listed

Fountains: Not listed

Special Events: Not listed

Traditional Geocaches: Not listed

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