Area Parks & Recreation
Thomasville is home to beautiful parks and recreational facilities. The following are available for reservations for weddings, reunions, and other gatherings: The Big Oak Gazebo, Thomasville Rose Garden Gazebo, Cherokee Lake Park Pavilion #1, and Francis Weston Park Pavilion. Additional park information is listed below.
In observance of Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Orders and CDC guidelines as related to gatherings of large groups, the City of Thomasville is suspending reservations of public parks for group gatherings of 50 or more. Park reservations for 49 people or fewer can be made by filling out a Park Reservation form or calling 229-227-7001.
All citizens are advised to stay informed, follow guidelines, and practice safe social distancing.
The Ritz Amphitheater and Park
The Ritz Amphitheater and Park is located in the Bottom District of Downtown Thomasville, close to the intersection of West Jackson and Stevens Streets. It is available for rental and has electricity, a stage, and restrooms. For reservation information click here or call (229) 227-4170.
Location: 131 South Stevens Street
Balfour Park and the City of Thomasville Dog Park
Balfour Park is a beautiful small park located on South Pinetree Boulevard between US Highway 319 and Fletcher Street. The park is equipped with a covered shelter, picnic tables, grill, playground equipment, tennis courts, exercise stations and restrooms. Adjacent to the park is the Thomasville Dog Park, a perfect place for your dog to safely enjoy some off-leash time! The Dog Park has separate pens for small, medium and large dogs, each with running water. Dog waste disposal bags are also supplied for your convenience. For some real exercise, your dogs can try out the Obstacle Course! These parks are not available for reservations.
Location: 415 South Pinetree Boulevard
The Big Oak & Gazebo (Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park)
At the corner of Monroe and Crawford Streets in the Downtown Historic District, you will find a charming small park that is home to Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak. While enjoying a close-up view of the Big Oak, you can enjoy a picnic on the lawn or in the gazebo. The Big Oak Park is a popular location for small events and weddings, and the gazebo is available for reservations. This park does not have tables or restrooms.
Location: 124 East Monroe Street
At Cassidy Pond, you can fish along the pier and enjoy a picnic under the sheltered picnic area. There are no restrooms, and boats and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Electricity is not available at this park.
Location: 1010 Cassidy Road
Cherokee Park & the Thomasville Rose Garden
The Thomasville Rose Garden will be temporarily closed for improvements. The park is expected to re-open the beginning of February 2021. For more information on this project, please call 229-227-7001.
Cherokee Park is one of the city's finest and most scenic recreation spots. A one-mile paved and lighted walking path winds around Cherokee Lake with several piers and sitting areas along the way. There are also several exercise stations. Fishing and small boats are allowed on the lake as well (small electric motors only). You will also find several covered pavilions, grills, restrooms and a playground with modern equipment for the children. The park is also adjacent to the beautiful Thomasville Rose Garden that blooms from early spring to late fall. The large, main covered pavilion (Pavilion #1) at the park is available for reservations for special events. The Gazebo at the Thomasville Rose Garden is also available for reservations and is a popular location for small weddings.
Location: 330 Covington Avenue (Cherokee Park), 420 Covington Avenue (Thomasville Rose Garden)
Country Oaks Municipal Golf Course
Country Oaks Golf Course is a municipal golf course owned and operated by the City of Thomasville for the pleasure of residents and visitors. It is located just 4 miles from Thomasville on Georgia Highway 122. The warm, southern climate allows the course to be open year round.
Country Oaks is beautifully located in a wooded setting accented by three lakes and surrounded by areas of wild azaleas, dogwoods, pines, oaks, and magnolias. The course is a par 72.
Please contact the pro shop at (229) 225-4333 to obtain additional information or visit the Country Oaks Municipal Golf Course website.
Location: 6481 GA Highway 122 (Pavo Road)
Francis Weston Park
Francis Weston Park will be temporarily closed for improvements beginning on December 14, 2020. The park is expected to re-open at the end of March 2021. For more information on this project, please call 229-227-7001.
A great park for sporting events, Francis Weston has a baseball field, basketball court, playground area, sheltered picnic area, tables, grills, and restrooms. The track that is adjacent to the park is associated with the Douglass Alumni Association. In order to use this track, please contact (229) 226-5029 for assistance. The pavilion at this park is available for reservations.
Location: 230 Felix Street
MacIntyre Park is another of Thomasville's small parks located in a beautiful residential area. This park is particulary scenic in the spring with lots of blooms and grand old trees. You'll find playground equipment, picnic tables and a Disc Golf Course. Disc Golf is a sport in which players throw small Frisbee-like discs from gravel “tee boxes” towards 12 metal basket “holes” scattered through the park with the goal of completing the course in as few throws as possible. You can join local enthusiasts every Saturday morning to play a toss, which is disc golf lingo for an informal tournament. (This park does not have restrooms.)
Location: 217 Glenwood Drive
This park has playground equipment and a basketball court. There is no electricity or restrooms.
Location: 330 Woodland Drive
This historic, 18-acre park was known in the late 1800's and early 1900's as 'Yankee Paradise' Park when it provided the perfect frontage to one of the town's most glamorous Victorian hotels. Wintering northerners would enjoy the park on foot and on bicycles and would listen to famous bands play at the bandshell. The historic houses along the edges of Paradise Park can be found in the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville. The park is equiped with a playground equipment, a lighted gazebo, grills, covered shelters and picnic tables. (This park does not have restrooms.)
Location: 501 South Dawson Street
The City of Thomasville and the YMCA partner to provide and organize the athletic events for Thomasville/Thomas County children and adults. The fields and lights at Remington Park can be reserved through the YMCA. Picnic tables, grills, exercise course, bike racks, playground areas, skateboarding, covered basketball areas, and restrooms are available. Two tennis courts and three pickleball courts were recently added to Remington Park.
Location: 45 Ben Grace Drive
Varnedoe Park is a basketball park. The City of Thomasville and Thomas University partner to provide and organize the athletic events at the Varnedoe Park baseball and softball fields. Access to the fields can be requested through Thomas University. Please note that the fields will be unavailable for public use when home games, practices, and other events are scheduled. You can view the Nighthawk’s schedules here. Restrooms are available during games.
Location: 500 Varnedoe Street (Basketball court), 300 Varnedoe Street (Softball field), 402 Varnedoe Street (Baseball field).
Smaller parks in the Thomasville area are listed below:
- Ethal Flowers Neel Park (301 East Jackson Street) – benches for resting
- Victoria Park (318 Victoria Place) – small park with a sitting area, green space, and sidewalk to take a stroll
- Victoria Place Pocket Park (233 Victoria Place) – benches for resting
- Wayside Park (821 North Boulevard) – picnic tables and grills