1. Parks and Recreation
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Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Ann Bergman

Public Relations Specialist

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2936
  2. Email: abergman@auburnalabama.org

LeisureLink is The City of Auburn's Parks and Recreation Weekly Newsletter

August 14-20, 2017

Fall Program Registration Begins August 7 at the Harris Center


Registration for 2017 fall programs begins Monday, August 7. You may register for fall programs in person at the Harris Center, 425 Perry Street Auburn, Alabama. Visit  auburnalabama.org/parks to view the fall brochure online or pick up a printed copy at Parks and Recreation facilities, the Auburn Public Library or City Hall.  For additional information email Ann Bergman at abergman@auburnalabama.org or call 334-501-2930.

Share Your Talent with Us

Auburn Parks and Recreation is always looking for talented individuals to teach or instruct recreational classes at our facilities. You provide the expertise and we provide the facility and publicity! Our 55,000+ citizens are always looking for new and exciting classes. To have you class listed in the 2017/18 Winter Brochure contact Park and Recreation at 334-501-2930 or email webparksrec@auburnalabama.org . The deadline to submit class information for the Winter Brochure is Friday, August 25.

September Farmer's Market looking for local vendors

Calling all farmers, growers and makers! Auburn Parks and Recreation is opening a farmer’s market and we want you! The Monthly Market will be open on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Harris Center beginning in September 2017. For more information about the market, or to apply for a booth space, please visit auburnalabama.org/parks.

Break out your walking shoes Auburn – it’s time for the Mayor’s 100-Mile Challenge!

Beginning Saturday, August 26 through Sunday, December 3, Auburn residents are encouraged to walk, swim, bike, run, dance or roll their way to 100 miles in 100 days as part of the Mayor’s 100-Mile Challenge. The Challenge will kick off Auburn Parks and Recreation’s new health and wellness campaign, Active Auburn.


The Mayor’s 100-Mile Challenge will kick off on Saturday, August 26 at Town Creek Park. Enjoy a full morning of fitness and recreation activities for the whole family. There will be a special “sunrise” yoga class at the pavilion, led by instructors from The Yoga Room, beginning at 7 a.m. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m., with music, games on the green, exercise demonstrations by Max Fitness and Orangetheory Fitness on the outdoor exercise equipment and walks through the park. Each walk will be led by a local celebrity, with Mayor Bill Ham leading the first walk at 8:30 a.m. Mayor Ham will be joined by Auburn City Council members Ron Anders and Gene Dulaney. Many other celebrity walks will take place throughout the event.

The 2017 Summer Invitational and Reception

The Auburn Arts Association is currently hosting the Summer Invitational 2017 exhibition at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. The exhibition features works by Kyle Braund, Paige Dirksen, Andrew Hairstans, Anne Herbert, Andy Holliday & Lijun Chao and John Morgan. A public reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.


The exhibition presents 32 works in six art mediums. Included are large paintings on muslin, collaborative screen prints, mixed-media works on paper, collages layered with epoxy, photographs taken on a recent journey in Iceland and five small automata sculptures.

The public is invited to a drop in reception on Friday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to view the exhibition and meet artists. The exhibition will be on display until Sept. 22, so don’t miss the opportunity to view these works of art.

The gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibition or the gallery, contact the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center at 501 - 2963 or visit www.auburnalabama.org/arts.

Call for Entries for the 19th Annual Juried Art Exhbition

The Auburn Arts Association (AAA) is calling all artists for the 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

Artists currently residing or working in Lee County and surrounding areas are invited to submit two recent works of art in this exhibition. Professional, student and amateur artists 18 years or older are eligible to enter this competitive show. Works in any medium except photography can be submitted to the Arts Center now through Sept. 25.

A non-returnable fee of $25 must accompany the entry form and work. Make checks payable to the Auburn Arts Association.

Entry forms are available at the Arts Center, J&M Bookstore and SOFY Copy Center. To download a form, visit www.auburnalabama.org/arts or www.auburnarts.org.

For more information or to request a form, please call the Arts Center at 501-2963.

2017 Juried Art Exhibition Application

Itty Bitty Auburn Scavenger Hunt


The Itty Bitty Auburn Scavenger Hunt is a great way to explore downtown Auburn!  Print the scavenger hunt sheet (down load sheet at  https://news.auburnalabama.org/article/Parks%20and%20Recreation/2139) with all the clues and head to downtown to hunt for the locations of all the photographs listed. Follow the City of Auburn's Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/cityofauburnal/, for clues on the harder to find pictures. Turn in your completed sheet after documenting your finds at the Harris Center by Friday, August 25th at 5 p.m. for a chance to win awesome prizes!

2017 Fall Pool Hours

With summer drawing to a close, Auburn City Pools will have a modified schedule in the months of August and September.

Drake Pool closed for the season on Sunday, July 30 and Samford Pool will move to fall hours beginning Monday, August 7.

Samford Pool will be open for evening Recreation Swim on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Aug. 8 through Thursday Sept. 28. The pool will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 – 6 p.m. on Sundays.

During the 2017 Auburn University football season, Samford Pool will be closed the following Saturdays for home football games:

Saturday, Sept. 2

Saturday, Sept. 16

Saturday, Sept. 30

On home football game weekends, the pool will be open regular hours on Sunday (1 – 6 p.m.) unless otherwise advertised.

Several aquatics classes will continue through the fall aquatics season. Auburn residents will be able to take Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba and Swimming for Fitness through the end of September.

Water Aerobics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Samford Pool. For more information, please contact the instructor, Mallory Wilson at mlwilson@auburn.vcom.edu.

Aqua Zumba will be held on Friday, Aug. 11 from 5 – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 20 from noon – 1 p.m. at Samford Pool. Dates and times for September will be posted mid-August. For more information about Aqua Zumba, please contact the instructor, Leigh Anne Dagalea, at leighanne.dagalea@gmail.com.

Swimming for Fitness will be held on Monday from 6 – 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 a.m. All classes will be at Samford Pool. For more information, please contact the instructor, Whitney Morris, at wmorris@auburnalabama.org.

Auburn residents will also be able to continue taking private lessons and participating in stroke clinics during the fall. The fall stroke clinic schedule will be as follows:

Monday, Aug. 14: “Starts” from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Samford Pool.

Monday, Aug. 28: “Turns” from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Samford Pool.

Fall stroke clinics are open to children ages 11 – 18 who are interested in honing their skills for high school, club or 2018 summer league swimming. The cost will be $20 per child and registration can be completed at the Harris Center (425 Perry St.) on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Those children needing help with the strokes, or who would like to learn to swim, should inquire about private lessons.

Private lessons will still be available at Samford Pool during the fall, with Mondays and Fridays from 4 – 7 p.m. designated as private lesson days only. To schedule private lessons, please contact the Aquatics Coordinator, Whitney Morris, at wmorris@auburnalabama.org.

Hours are subject to change, based on staffing, attendance and weather. Additionally, Samford Pool will be open on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information about Auburn City Pools, please visit the Aquatics homepage at auburnalabama.org/programs.

Auburn Stride Walkers

The Auburn Parks and Recreation Department is offering a walking program, Auburn Stride Walkers, for citizens who are interested in walking various City walking trails as a group.

Walks will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Participants can walk at their own pace and distance. The Auburn Stride Walkers is a great way to have fun, make friends, and walk your way into a healthier lifestyle.

Aug 14 Town Creek

Located on South Gay Street

Aug 16 kiesel Park

Located off Chadwick Land

Aug 18 Dean Road Recreation Center

Located at 307 South Dean Road

Aug 21 Kiesel Park

Located off Chadwick Lane

Aug 23 Town Creek Park

Located on South Gay Street

Aug 25 Dean Road Recreation Center

Located at 307 South Dean Road

Aug 28 Town Creek Park

Located on South Gay Street

Aug 30 Charlotte & Curtis Ward Bike Path

Located across from entrance to Chewacla State Park