2024 Redistricting

Groundbreaking: Chief Ladiga Trail Extension!

Chief Ladiga Groundbreaking_April 12, 2024

The City of Anniston warmly extends an invitation for you to join us in making history on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 5:00 PM CT, as we commemorate the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chief Ladiga Trail Extension at Michael Tucker Park, situated at 6514 Weaver Road in Anniston, Alabama.

Anniston’s trail extension will stretch an additional 6.5 miles, bringing the Chief Ladiga Trail’s total length to approximately 39.5 miles. The Chief Ladiga will then seamlessly connect Anniston’s Multimodal Amtrak Station to the state of Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail, forming the longest paved pedestrian pathway in the United States by becoming an expansive 105+/- mile paved trail. This visionary initiative opens up exciting prospects for trail bike enthusiasts and commuters, providing seamless access to convenient train services.

Lifeguard Certification Course! (March 20-24, 2024)

LIFEGUARD Courses_Aquatics Center

The Aquatics and Fitness Center will be hosting a 4-day lifeguard certification course starting Wednesday, March 20, 2024, through Sunday, March 24, 2024. The classes will be taught by Anniston Barracudas Swim Coaches, Robi & Tracy Champion. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Aquatics & Fitness Center at: 256-847-7349. The class costs $160.

The class schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, March 20: Prerequisites from 4 PM CT to TBD
Thursday, March 21, & Friday, March 22, from 4 PM CT to 9 PM CT
Saturday, March 23, & Sunday, March 24, from 7 AM CT to 5 PM CT

Anniston Outdoor Association- Hiking & Biking Outing on the Cheif Ladiga Trail with Southeastern Outings

The bike ride will be 11-miles beginning in Piedmont with the pace being leisurely with a few stops to enjoy the
scenery. SEC recommends that those participating should have bicycled a few times at least 30 days prior to this
outing and they should be able to maintain an average speed of 8 to 12 mph while riding on level terrain. Road,
mountain, hybrid, and urban bikes are allowed on the trail but motorized vehicles are prohibited. Participants
must wear bicycle helmets and should bring a lunch or snack with something to drink. Those having bike racks
that can hold more than one bicycle should bring them to help facilitate the required shuttle.
The hike will be an easy 3.8 miles on the trail beginning at the Pinhoti Trailhead on Cleburne County Road 94 and
ending at Seaboard Avenue. This newly paved section goes through mostly wooded terrain and offers views of
Dugger Mountain. Participants should bring a picnic lunch or snack with something to drink.
No dogs, vaping, or smoking are allowed on SEC outings and children who are 8 years of age and older are
welcome as long as they can participate in the outing without complaining.
Participants should meet at the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont by 10:30 am. The estimated finish time
for both outings is 2:00 to 3:00 pm and there will be an optional dinner at a restaurant in Piedmont afterwards.
To register for either outing, please RSVP Sean Boogaard by phone at (256) 365-6321, or by email at
geometmap@hotmail.com.

Anniston Outdoor Association- Partnership Hike with Wild Alabama on the Odum Scout Trail

This will be a 4-mile in-and-out hike on the Odum Scout Trail which is the oldest trail in the Cheaha Wilderness.
This hike will feature the 3-tiered High Falls with the 3rd tier displaying a beautiful pool of water at its base. Other
features include several overlooks offering panoramic views and spectacular scenery. Other than the rocky
climbs at the falls (one with stairs), this hike will be mostly easy. Please register for this hike at the following link: March 23 AOA & Wild Alabama Odum Scout Hike – Wild Alabama (flipcause.com)

 For more details, please contact Jonathan Kelly by email at jonathan@wildal.org

Anniston Outdoor Association- Waterfall Tour in the Talladega National Forest

This will be a tour of 5 waterfalls located in the Talladega National Forest. These will include Hidden Falls near
Camp Mac, Devil’s Den Falls near Lake Chinnabee, Cheaha Falls on the Chinnabee Silent Trail near the Cheaha
Falls Trail Shelter, High Falls at the end of the Odum Scout Trail, and Shinbone Falls located on Clay County 49
near the Shinbone community. Round-trip hiking distances to the various falls will range from a maximum of 2.4
miles to a minimum of 1/2 miles. Participants should pack a lunch and something to drink. The meeting time and
location for this trip will be 9:00 am at the Quintard Mall Parking Lot located on AL Hwy 21 in Oxford. Cars
should be parked next to the mall sign. For more information, and to register your participation, please contact
Keith Hudson by Thursday, March 7. Keith may be reached by phone or text at 256-453-9527, or by email at
anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com

2024 Spring Break Activities!

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Our Parks and Recreation Department will be offering the below activities for the week of spring break! Please note, the #FieldTrip on Wednesday requires pre-registration online! For more information on our events, call 256-241-7164! View this event online at: www.annistonal.gov/events/spring-break.

☀️ Monday, March 25
⏰ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CT
📍South Highland Center(229 S Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207)
🎉 Activities: Bubble Bar War, Crafts, Bingo, & a Movie!

☀️ Tuesday, March 26
⏰ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CT
📍 Hodges Center (3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207)
🎉 Activities: Learning Pickleball, Scavenger Hunt, & Flag football!

☀️ Wednesday, March 27 – FIELD TRIP
⏰ 9:00 AM CT to 5:00 PM CT)
🚐 We will depart by city bus at approximately 9:00 AM CT from the Anniston City Meeting Center Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL). We expect to arrive at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham by 10:00 AM CT. We plan to return to the Anniston City Meeting Center between 4 PM and 5 PM. Please note, this trip is only open to children who reside in the city limits of Anniston. Also, please ensure your child has money for lunch or other needs while on the trip. To register online visit this link (spots are limited and registration ends when all spots fill): www.annistonal.gov/field-trip

☀️ Thursday, March 28
⏰ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CT
📍 Youth Sports Complex (745 Summerall Gate Rd, Anniston, AL 36206)
🎉 Activities: Games, moon bounce, face painting, & flashlight egg hunt!

Wiggins Spring Break Camp!

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The Wiggins Community Center (2202 W 17th St, Anniston, AL 36201) will be offering a spring break day camp for local youth from March 25 to March 28 from 7:00 AM CT until 5:30 PM CT! There will be tons of games, sports, and fun, plus a field trip! 

This day camp is for children ages 3-12. There will be job training opportunities for interested children ages 13+. 

To view our daily camp schedule, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/275w6kv8 

The cost is $50 for the week, or $15 per day. Camperships are also available!

To sign your child up, or for more information, please contact the Wiggins community Center Director, Carol Bush, at: 256-231-7628 and cbush@annistonal.gov. 

Youth Summer Job Fair!

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Our annual Youth Summer Job Fair will be held at the Carver Community Center (720 W. 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201) on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 5:00 PM CT! In addition to the positions below, tips on completing job applications and preparing for interviews will also be given!
All youth Summer jobs will be open for applications from March 20th until April 7th.
The City of Anniston will be hiring youths, ages 16 through college, for the following Summer Jobs:
Day Camp Director – $14.92 (Per HR)
Day Camp Counselor – $10.19 (Per HR)
Lifeguard – $11.15- $14.28 (Per HR)
Turf Care Worker – $10.19 (Per HR)
Program Aide – $10.19 (Per HR)

Link to Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/bdd4r546

Thank you!

Zoning Information Meeting (03/14/24)

Anniston Zoning Informational Meeting 03.14.24

Citizens of Anniston, please take note of a public, informational meeting on the city’s proposed Zoning Ordinance changes on Thursday, March 14, 2024, commencing at 5:00 PM CT in the Main Hall of the Anniston City Meeting Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL).

What is zoning? 

Zoning refers to local laws that govern how real property can and cannot be used in certain areas of the city. For example, zoning laws can limit commercial or industrial use of land to prevent manufacturing, or other types of businesses, from building in residential neighborhoods.

A presentation will be given by Jason Fondren of the consulting firm, KPS Group. After the presentation, citizens will be allowed to submit their input on the proposed zoning plan, as well as submit questions. All input will be taken into consideration, and all questions submitted will be answered via email response after the event.

To review the city’s proposed zoning ordinance update in advance of this meeting, please visit: www.AnnistonAL.go/zoning. Once there, click the icon box titled: “DRAFT Zoning Ordinance (2024).” You may also scan the QR Code on the flyer with your smartphone to review the zoning draft as well.

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Partnership Hike with Wild Alabama

This will be a 6-mile hike to Scott / Jogloma Lake and back on the Pinhoti Trail between Porter’s Gap
and Horn Mountain. Participants should meet by 9:00 am at the Porter’s Gap Trailhead located on
AL Hwy 77 east of Talladega. Please register for this hike on Wild Alabama’s website once it has been
published at the following link Events – Wild Alabama

For additional details, please contact Jonathan Kelly by email at jonathan@wildal.org.