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Photo: GlynnCounty.org

Photo: GlynnCounty.org

 

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer hours at the Neptune Park Fun Zone Pool. Which means the pool is now open daily! The oceanfront pool was completely renovated in 2006 and more closely resembles a resort facility than a community pool. The pool features a wading pool, water gym for kids, lap lanes and zero-entry access. And during your day at the pool, there is an on-site concession stand with loads of choices for refreshments. For safety, the pool is monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards.

The Fun Zone Pool also offers swimming lessons, water fitness classes, locker rentals and can be a venue for private parties.

Throughout summer, the pool is open 11am-7pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm-7pm on Sundays.

Rates:

Daily Pass – $7 (children 3 and under are free, swim diaper required)

Lap Swim – $7

Water Aerobics – $5

Individual Season Pass – $75

Couple Season Pass – $100

Family Season Pass – $150 (up to 5 family members)

Active Duty US Military personnel, spouses and children receive a 50% discount on all entry fees

 

Address:

550 Beachview Drive

St. Simons Island, GA (next to the lighthouse)

 

Contact:912-279-3720 – pool office

Also at Neptune Park is an 18-hole miniature golf course open year round, a state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and more and a picnic and grilling area under massive, picturesque oak trees.

This oceanfront public park is one of the spectacular attractions that make St. Simons Island “America’s Favorite Beach Town.”

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This Memorial Day, the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island hosts the 23rd annual “Taps at Twilight.” This moving event brings our community together and honors the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who have valiantly served and returned and those who are serving today.

Last year’s Taps at Twilight may have had the highest attendance as thousands of people gathered at oceanfront Neptune Park in honor and remembrance.

The event begins with a military flyover followed by presentation of the colors and patriotic music by the Golden Isles Community Concert Band. This year’s featured speaker is Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

The St. Simons Island community is proud to participate in this annual event and we hope Island residents, visitors and neighboring communities will join us again this year as we pay tribute to those who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

 

Taps at Twilight

Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 7pm

Neptune Park Bandstand

550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA

 

Admission is free

Bring your own chair

A Walk in the Park for Autism – April 26, 2014

Autism Awareness Month Logo

On April 26, 2014 the Triumph Foundation hosts the 9th Annual “A Walk in the Park for Autism.” The Triumph Foundation is devoted to Autism support for individuals and families in the Golden Isles.

On the morning of the walk, check in begins at 9am at Mallery Park (601 Mallery Street) and the walk begins at 10am. The walk concludes at oceanfront Neptune Park where there will be lunch, a magic show and festival. T-shirts, lunch, magic show and all activities are included in the price of the walk.

For individuals and families touched by Autism, the walk is free. Advance online registration (through April 25) is $10.00 per individual and $35.00 per family, up to five people).

The Triumph Foundation is also looking for sponsorships and donations to make the walk and festival a success. Join the Triumph Foundation for a fun and meaningful event!

St. Simons Island, Georgia has a rich history spanning from Native Americans to Spanish Missions to the Plantation Era through today. For several days this month, UNF archeologists searched oceanfront Neptune Park for evidence of a lost Spanish mission. Archaeologists searched for the Santa Cruz y San Buenaventura de Guadalaquini Mission that was located on the south end of St. Simons Island from 1606 until 1684.

Historical documents indicate the Spanish mission was located on the south end of St. Simons Island and UNF archaeologists believe Neptune Park and adjacent lighthouse area was a prime candidate because of the deep, natural channel just off the beach, where ships could get close to land.

The archaeologists were looking for evidence of Spanish pottery, pieces of olive jars and Spanish tableware suggestive of a mission site. After digging a grid of holes, the team found no signs of the 400-year-old mission at the Neptune Park site. The dig did, however, uncover plenty of Native American pottery.

In the second half of the 16th century, Spain established religious outposts in Florida and Georgia in order to spread Christianity to native inhabitants. Today, some of the mission locations are known, while others remain lost.

Source articles:

The Florida Times-Union – March 5, 2012

The Florida Times-Union – March 14, 2012