LeisureLink: The City of Auburn's Parks and Recreation Weekly Newsletter
May 16-22, 2022
City Market Opening Day May Saturday, May 21
City Market will return to Town Creek Park every Saturday from 8-11 AM beginning May 21st and going until August 27th. This summer we will host a variety of farmers, musicians, artisans, and non- profits throughout the summer. This years City Market is sponsored by Kathy Powell State Farm.
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.
For more information regarding City Market, please contact Sarah Cook at [email protected] or visit auburnalabama.org/parks/programs/city-market/
Auburn Parks and Recreation Summer Program registration Online
Auburn Parks and Recreation will launch their online registration system beginning Monday, May 2 at 8 a.m. Citizens must have an account to register for any Parks and Recreation programs. An account should be created for any individual who is interested in registering and participating in a program. Online accounts can be created prior to the May 2 registration date. To access the online system and create an account, please visit www.auburnalabama.org/parks/register.
Once your account has been activated, the system will verify your residency status using your address or employment location. Those who live and/or work in Auburn can register for programs once registration opens each quarter. Non-residents will have to wait for two weeks from the program’s registration start date. Summer quarter programs will begin in June.
Programs with an associated cost will require payment which can be made online using a credit card. Individuals who wish to pay with cash or check can do so in-person at the Harris Center Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. Credit card payments cannot be accepted for in-person transactions.
For more information regarding creating an online account or registering for a program, please contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at 334-501-2930 or email [email protected].
Spring Sundown Concerts Return to Kiesel Park every Thursday in May
Auburn Parks and Recreation’s Spring Sundown Concert Series continues this Thursday, May 12. at Beautiful Kiesel Park. Come out with a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy FREE music in the park each Thursday in May from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The Chill Spot will be onsite selling dinner options and cool treats. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
The schedule for the upcoming Series is as follows;
May 12 Auburn High Jazz Band, Lab Band and Auburn Jr. High Band
May 19- Soul Co.
May 26 Front Seven
For more information contact Auburn Parks and Recreation 334-501-2930.
SummerNight Downtown Art Walk applications available for vendors, sponsors & culinary contest
The SummerNight Committee is now accepting applications for the 16th annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk held Friday, June 10 from 6 – 10 p.m. in the heart of downtown Auburn. Applications are available for art exhibitors, the Crazy for Coconuts culinary contest, sponsors, festival attractions and volunteers.
SummerNight is a downtown entertainment district event and will be held on Friday, June 10, from 6 - 10 p.m. in downtown Auburn. This event is FREE to the public and will take place rain or shine! Artists, downtown businesses, volunteers and culinary artists are encouraged to participate. To download an application or for more information, please visit auburnsummernight.org or contact the SummerNight Headquarters at (334) 501-2963. All applications are due no later than Friday, May 27.
Sponsoring the SummerNight Downtown Art Walk is your business and organization’s chance to publicly support our community! The Art Walk has quickly become one of Auburn’s major cultural events and business and community sponsorships help to ensure its success. A SummerNight committee member will be happy to speak with you and help select a sponsorship level that suits your needs. Your contribution makes a difference, so please join us in making this year’s Art Walk the best yet!
SummerNight 2022 is all about coconuts! In keeping with this year’s coconut theme, culinary artists are encouraged to compete in the Crazy for Coconuts culinary contest! There is no fee to participate and each culinary entry must be homemade and include coconut. A panel of judges will select the most captivating coconut creation and winners will be announced from the SummerNight main stage during the Art Walk.
New Playground Equipment added to Dinius Park
The new equipment has been installed, and the playground has reopened at Dinius Park! Come out and explore the new equipment, and if you haven't visited yet, check out all that the beautiful Dinius Park has to offer at 1435 E. Glenn Ave.
New eSports Room Now Open at Frank Brown Recreation Center
Auburn Parks and Recreation is excited to open the new eSports Room at the Frank Brown Recreation Center. The room has three 82-inch TVs and three game consoles, including:
Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Switch Online
Playstation 5 with Playstation Now subscription
Xbox Series X with Game Pass subscription.
All games are Teen ESRB restricted.
The eSports Room is available for use by those who live, work or attend school in Auburn. A membership is required. There is no initial cost for an eSports room membership card. However, replacement cards cost $25. The membership card is non-transferable and can only be used by the card holder.
Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult while using the eSports room, and both the child and the parent/guardian must have a membership card. Memberships can be obtained at the Harris Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. A membership application, including a list of acceptable proof of residency documents, is available below.
The eSports room is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8-11 a.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Frank Brown Recreation Center is located at 235 Opelika Road. For more information on the eSports room, call 334-501-2962.
Frank Brown Membership/eSports Room Application
Frank Brown Recreation Center Membership Card Required to play racquetball and free basketball
Auburn Parks and Recreation now requires membership cards for free play basketball and racquetball.
Free play basketball and racquetball at Frank Brown Recreation Center are open free of charge to citizens who live, work or attend school within the city limits of Auburn, AL and to non-citizens for a one-time $25.00 fee. A membership must be acquired for free play basketball and racquetball regardless of age. Replacement cards will cost $25.00 regardless of residency. The membership card is non-transferable and can only be used by the card holder. You must be at least 13 years of age to participate in free play basketball and 15 years of age to participate in racquetball. Children ages 13-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian at the time of application.
Memberships can be obtained at the Harris Center Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To view a membership application, including a list of acceptable proof of residency documents, visit auburnalabama.org/parks.
Frank Brown Recreation Center is open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. The Frank Brown Recreation Center is located at 235 Opelika Road. For more information call 334-501-2962.
Frank Brown Membership Application
Auburn Stride Walkers 2022
The Auburn Stride Walkers returns in 2022. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. the walkers will meet at Frank Brown Recreation Center from 9 - 10 a.m. If the weather is nice the walk will take place outside. If the weather is not great walkers will walk inside. All ages are welcome for more information contact Kathy Ondy [email protected].
Dinius Park now open
The public is invited to visit Auburn Parks and Recreation's newest amenity, Dinius Park, beginning Friday, Oct. 15. The new 13-acre passive park — located at 1435 E. Glenn Ave. — includes walking trails, small and large dog parks, a nature playground and a small pond.
The park also includes a restroom building, and a pavilion will be added at a later date. Additional work will take place over the next few weeks, but the park will remain open from sunrise until sunset.
The City of Auburn would like to extend our thanks to the Dinius family who donated the land and funding for the park. The passive park to be enjoyed by the citizens of Auburn will be a culmination of the dreams they had for the land.
Auburn Parks and Recreation launches new Rec. VIP Volunteer Program
Auburn Parks and Recreation invites you to become a Rec. VIP Volunteer! Rec. VIP is a volunteer program for individuals age 19+ who are interested in helping with programs and events offered through Auburn Parks and Recreation.
The Rec. VIP program strives to improve the quality of life for all citizens by involving volunteers who offer their time, effort and skills to enhance the City of Auburn. The program incorporates volunteers into all facets of the organization including athletics, Special Olympics, therapeutics, 50+ programs, special events, cultural arts, and park cleanup.
Rec. VIP Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt each year, a quarterly newsletter with upcoming volunteer opportunities, as well as recognition and appreciation events.
For more information or to apply to become a Rec. VIP Volunteer, contact Gabby Filgo at [email protected] or visit www.auburnalabama.org/parks.
Yarbrough Tennis Center Updates
Check out the Spring 2022 Auburn Parks and Recreation's Fall brochure for information about tennis clinics. Auburn Parks and Recreation offers tennis clinics for children and adults. For more information visit www.auburnalabma.org/parks to view the brochure online or contact Sarah Hill at [email protected] if you have additional questions.