1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Events and Calendar

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Ann Bergman

Public Relations Specialist

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2936
  2. Email: [email protected]

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

July 6-12, 2020

Fall Youth Sports Registration going on now

2020 Fall Athletic Registration - REMINDER

Soccer Registration - EXTENDED

Online Registration: June 15 – July 9

Scholarship Registration: June 15 – July 9

U8 – U19 Online - $75 + online fee

U8 – U16 Walk in - $85

U6 Online - $60 + online fee

U6 Walk in - $70

Tackle Football Registration – OPEN NOW

Online Registration: June 29 – July 23

Scholarship Registration: June 29 – July 23

Walk-In Registration: Tuesday, July 21

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dean Road Recreation Center

Online - $65 + online fee

Walk in - $75

Flag Football – OPEN NOW

Online Registration: June 29 – July 30

Scholarship Registration: June 29 – July 30

Walk-In Registration: Tuesday, July 21

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dean Road Recreation Center

Online - $45 + online fee

Walk in - $55

Cheerleading Registration

Online Registration: July 6 – July 30

Scholarship Registration: July 6 – July 30

Walk-In Registration: Tuesday, July 21

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dean Road Recreation Center

Online - $85 + online fee

Walk in - $95

Fall Baseball & Softball

Online Registration: July 6 – July 30

Scholarship Registration: July 6 – July 30

Walk-In Registration: Tuesday, July 21

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dean Road Recreation Center

Online - $35 + online fee

Walk in - $45

Fall Instructional Camp – Baseball

Walk-In Registration Only at Sports Academy:

July 6 – August 3

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk in - $150


COVID-19 Regulations State of AL Order (athletics)

1. Coaches must wear masks at all times. Players and officials are required to wear masks at all times (such as in the dugout/sideline areas), except when they are directly participating in the activity on the field of play.

All participants and coaches must provide their own masks.

2. Players will not be allowed to share equipment.

3. Coaches and players will be required to be 6 feet apart when off the playing field.

4. Water coolers will not be provided. Water fountains will also not be available. Participants must bring own drinks.

5. Players, coaches, officials, and spectators shall refrain from high fives, handshakes, and other physical contact.

6. Bleachers will not be available. Spectators must bring their own chairs.

7. It is recommended that spectators are limited to immediate family members only to help promote social distancing.

8. Players, coaches, officials and spectators are strongly encouraged to adhere to the additional guidelines set by the ADPH;

CDBG Sports Voucher Program

The City of Auburn has allocated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to pay registration fees for youths (up to age 18) to participate in sports programs available through the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department. CDBG funds may be used to pay for registration fees for up to $50.00. All persons interested in registering for youth sports through a scholarship must register online. Registration will begin the first day of online registration.

Application Process:

• Step 1: Register for a sports activity online with the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.

• Step 2: Complete the Sports Voucher Program application (front and back); incomplete applications

will NOT be accepted. Form included when you apply online.

• Step 3: Contact the City of Auburn Community Development Division at 501-7280 to schedule an

interview to review Sports Voucher Program application and to qualify for assistance; walk-ins will

not be accepted.

Bring a copy of social security cards to the interview to document the household size for ALL household members.

Bring a copy of income verification (e.g., check stubs) to the interview to document monthly household income of all working adults AND other sources of income to include but not limited to child support, alimony, etc.

For more information, call (334) 501-2930.

The 21st Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

The 21st Annual Juried Photography Exhibition will be on view at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) from July 13 through Aug. 21, 2020.

The exhibition is open to all photographers 17 and older currently residing in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi or Tennessee. All photographic mediums are welcome. Works can be delivered to the arts center on July 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. A gallery reception is tentative.

For more information about the 21st Annual Juried Art Exhibition and Reception, please contact the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center at (334) 501-2963 or visit

Sidewalk Chalk Challenge

This summer, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) challenges the Auburn community to see who can create a masterpiece out of sidewalk chalk with the JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge.


Inspired by past summer events like Summer Art Camps and the SummerNight Downtown Art Walk, two elements were combined from both to create the Sidewalk Chalk Challenge: education and sidewalk chalk, respectively. The chalk creations must be inspired by a famous artist or architecture. Submissions must also include three facts about the artist or architecture selected or three reasons the artist or architecture inspired the completed chalk work.

No entry fee is required, and registration is encouraged. FREE chalk kits will be given to participants who register and can be picked up at the JDCAC. There is a limited number of kits available, so they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. JDCAC will be giving out FREE chalk art kits this Saturday, July 11 at the City Market from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Town Creek Park.

The JDCAC will be partnering with the Auburn Arts Association (AAA) on this challenge. All chalk creations must be submitted no later than July 26. Judging will take place on July 27 and 28, and winners will be announced July 29 on the AAA’s Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded. Guidelines and information as well as an application to participate is available on JDCAC’s website,, and the AAA’s website,


The City of Auburn/ Yarbrough Tennis Center taking registrations for 2020 Summer Clinics

City of Auburn tennis youth clinics are now open for 2 years – 18 years old during the day. Adult clinics are daytime and evening. All clinics will resume on June 15th and you must register online prior to the clinic. For more information, contact Sarah Hill at [email protected]

Information can be found online at

Boykin Community Center Cardio Exercise room now open appointment only

The Boykin Community fitness center will open Monday, June 1. The Cardio room will be utilized by appointments only. This will help with contact tracing and allow staff to prepare for patrons. Five appointments will be made each hour, this will gradually change as reopening phases take place. Only the cardio fitness room will be open for appointments, the free weight/strength training room will remain closed.


Appointments will be on the hour allowing 45 minutes for each appointment. Appointments may be made by phone. The fifteen minutes between each appointment will allow staff to wipe down equipment and patrons to exit the building to prepare for the next scheduled appointments. Please call (334) 501-7322 or (334) 501-2961 for appointments at Boykin. The Frank Brown Fitness Center incurred damage from the Wednesday storms, the reopening has been delayed. Fitness Center members can utilize both fitness centers.

Boykin Community Center Fitness Center hours will be Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. – Noon and Sun. 1-6 p.m. Appointments can be made 24 hours in advance and on the same day if the schedule permits. Fitness Center closes for 1 hour to deep clean from Noon -1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The 2020 Auburn Parks and Recreation modified summer brochure is now available

The 2020 Auburn Parks and Recreation modified summer brochure is available online and in print at the Harris Center. Summer registration will begin Monday, June 1 at the Harris Center. Registration is in person Monday -Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Harris Center is located at 425 Perry Street. Visit to view the online version of the brochure. Parks and Recreation will continue to add programs, classes and pop-up day camps as restrictions are lifted. Be sure to check this page for additional programs throughout the summer.

City Market every Saturday through end of August

City Market will return to Town Creek Park on Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 29. There will be no market on July 4.


Parking will be available for all market attendees in the gravel parking lot across from Town Creek Park. All market visitors must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between one another. All vendors will follow the state sanitation guidelines regarding farmers markets, including:

Food samples will not be served, and cooking demonstrations will not be allowed.

Vendors will maintain a 10-foot distance from one another.

All vendors will wear food-safe serving gloves and will designate one worker to handle payment.


We recommend that vendors wear face masks.

All available products will be prepackaged.

To allow the maximum number of community members to visit the market, loitering and social gatherings will not be permitted at the market. We ask that you please purchase your products and promptly exit the parking lot for others to easily access parking spots. Animals will not be allowed to attend the market. High-risk community members and those feeling ill should not attend the market. Masks are not required but encouraged.

We look forward to starting our City Market season while enforcing social distancing and sanitation guidelines. For more information regarding City Market, please contact Sarah Cook at [email protected] or visit

Parks and Recreation athletic facilities, playgrounds & facilities now open

The City of Auburn Parks and Recreation athletic fields, outdoor basketball courts, Samford Tennis Courts and playgrounds are now open.

Athletic fields

Felton Little Park, Margie Piper Bailey Field, Duck Samford Soccer Fields and Duck Samford Baseball Fields 1-3 will be open for use each day from dawn until dusk. Duck Samford Baseball Fields 4-7 will open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning on Saturday, May 23. Parks and Recreation will begin accepting reservation applications for all athletic fields beginning on Tuesday, May 26, at the Harris Center.

Please be aware of the Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines posted at each facility. Anyone entering these facilities will be required to abide by them at all times.

Athletics staff are working with the City's sports boards on a plan for youth sports programs for the summer and fall. More details will be released soon.

Basketball courts

The outdoor basketball courts at Frank Brown Recreation Center will be closed to free play at times during fitness classes that will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines.


All playgrounds are now open. Social distancing is required. Guardians are encouraged to bring sanitary wipes for equipment and to wash children's hands frequently.

Tennis courts

Tennis singles and doubles will be permitted at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and the Samford Tennis Courts. Pickleball will be permitted at the Samford Tennis Courts. Proper social distancing is required, and guidelines will be posted.

Water fountains at all Parks and Recreation facilities will be turned off. For more information, visit

Samford Pool is open for lap swim only recreational swimming, swim lessons & pool events canceled through July 6

Samford Pool is now open. The pool will be open to the community for lap swimming only. Recreational swimming, swim lessons and all other pool events will be canceled through July 6.

Those registered for swim lessons through July 6 will be issued a refund. Those that would like to lap swim at Samford Pool throughout the summer must purchase a Lap Swim Pass in advance at for $50. Lap swim passes will go on sale Wednesday, May 13. A copy of your lap swim pass will be emailed to you to present when entering the pool. A copy of your lap swim pass will be available for pick up on May 23 at Samford Pool.

All lap swimmers must obey the following rules:

Lap swimmers must show a copy of their lap swim pass when they arrive at the pool. You will then be directed to a lane.

Only lap swimmers will be allowed to enter the facility. Additional family members will not be allowed to wait on the lap swimmer within the facility unless a child wishes to lap swim. If a child, under the age of 12 wishes to lap swim, a parent will be required to stay and supervise the swimmer in the outdoor seating area.

Only 10 lap swimmers are permitted in the pool at once. While not required, reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance for a 30-minute lane session by calling 334-501-2957. Swimmers may only reserve one 30-minute lane session per day. Those who do not make a reservation will be assigned a lane on a first-come, first-serve basis upon arrival.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Friday, May 23, at 8 a.m.

Sharing lanes is not permitted.

Concessions, bathroom, locker rooms and showers will not be available for public use. The family restroom will be available for emergency use only.

A 6-foot distance must be maintained by all swimmers while in the facility.

Kickboards will be available for use but must be placed in the diving well once swimmers are finished.

Samford Pool will be open for the following hours for Lap Swim only:


6 a.m.-1 p.m.

2-6 p.m.


Noon-5 p.m.

Yarbrough Tennis Center has new ball machine to rent


The Samford Avenue Tennis Courts and the Yarbrough Tennis Center are now open. To read the latest news from Yarbrough Tennis Center, visit

YTC takes the corona virus seriously.  At Yarbrough Tennis Center everyone must practice social distancing and the facility is being cleaned often. It's all players responsibility to social distance and practice good hand washing and no shared equipment.

New ball machine for rent at YTC. Rent the machine for $10 an hour. Members may reserve the ball machine in advance. For more information contact YTC  501-2920 or email [email protected].

Auburn Stride Walkers

Auburn Stride Walkers will not meet until further notice

Grab your sneakers and join Auburn’s leisure walking program! Walkers will meet at one of our various walking trails or designated route weekly. Walks are held at your own pace and distance. Come for the fellowship, make new friends, and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle. This program is open to all ages and is free to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring bottled water and wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information, please contact Wendy Thomas at 334-501-2962. Walks will be held at the Village Mall on rainy days or when the temp. is 35 degrees and below. Call time and temp. @ 334-745-6311 for current conditions.

Walks will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m. Participants can walk at their own pace and distance.