Bill Reed Park

bill reed park

Bill Reed Park is a six-acre neighborhood park adjacent to Lincoln Elementary School. The park features a newly constructed basketball court, playground, and the Gary W. Dryden Shelter House for hosting family cookouts and parties. The shelter is first-come, first-served and does not require a permit reservation. In the summer months, Bill Reed Park’s Moyle Field hosts an annual coed church softball league organized through Legacy Sports.

For the past seven years, the City of Augusta has partnered with Rainbows United to host an annual one-mile walk and 5K event based at Bill Reed Park. The seventh annual Rainbows Run in May 2018 featured more than 250 participants.

Gary W. Dryden Shelter HouseGary Dryden was a well-known and respected Augusta resident and real estate agent for more than 30 years. After the 1998 flood, Dryden was instrumental in helping residents and businesses work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration.  Dryden was also involved in the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life; supported the many historical sites in Augusta, including the Augusta Historic Theatre, the Augusta Historical Museum, and purchase of the Frisco Train Depot and Welcome Center. He also held numerous positions with the Lions Club at local, district, and state levels, and supported the Lions Club Christmas tree sales in Augusta for many years.

In 2008, as a tribute and to honor Dryden’s memory, Mayor Kristey Williams proclaimed the shelter at Bill Reed Park as the Gary W. Dryden Shelter House.