2024 Redistricting

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

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

2024 Spring Break Activities!

2024 Spring Break_PARD

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!

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.

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Day Hike

This will be a 6.4-mile hike between the Pinhoti Trail crossing at Cleburne County Road 61 and the
Pine Glenn Campground located on USFS 500. This is an “easy to moderate” portion of the trail in
Section 10 which passes by the Laurel Trail Shelter, Sweetwater Lake, and along Shoal Creek.
Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and should dress appropriately for the
forecasted weather conditions. The departure time and location for this hike will be 8:00 am from
the Publix parking lot located at the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78.
The street address is 115 Commons Way, Oxford, AL. Participants are also welcome to meet directly
at the trail crossing by 8:45 am.

For more information and to register for this hike, please call/text
Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527, or email him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com.

The registration deadline for this hike is Thursday, February 8.

2024 Shamrockin 5k Color Run/Walk

Shamrockin 5k Color Run/Walk is held in Downtown Anniston. Main Street Anniston brings this fun and exciting event to downtown. Please help support us in this continuous endeavor to the road of revitalization in our Downtown Anniston. Race will start and end at the City Market. The event is fun-filled for the entire family. This colorful walk/run will take you on a course that showcases our Historic Downtown Anniston. Proceeds benefit the beautification of Downtown Anniston.
Registration/Packet Pickup starts at 9 AM. The race begins at 10 AM
sign up here https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Anniston/Shamrockin5KColorRun

3rd Annual Anniston Job Fair!

Job Fair 2024

We are excited to announce our 3nd Annual Anniston Job Fair on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Anniston City Meeting Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201).

If your business would like to participate in this job fair, please #Reserve your space by registering at this link: http://tinyurl.com/3kmuh9bj 

Job fair booths are limited and will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. Each booth will have one 2×8 table and 3 chairs. Attendees will need to bring their own tablecloths if they would like one. The job fair will take place in the Main Hall of the Anniston City Meeting Center, and a separate room for job interviews will be provided in Room A.

This event is hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Calhoun County Economic Development Council in partnership with The City of Anniston. Please, feel free to direct any questions to jhodges@annistonal.gov.

2023 Free Disposal Day!

2023 Free Day Schedule

In 2023, the City of Anniston will be offering free disposal days 8 months out of the year! During the disposal periods, one roll-off dumpster will be placed in each of Anniston’s four (4) wards, so citizens may dispose of their items free of charge! To see our free disposal day dates, please view the list below: 

Feb.17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
March 17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
May 19th & 20th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
June 16th & 17th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Aug. 18th & 19th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Sept. 15th & 16th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Nov. 17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Dec. 15th & 16th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
During each of these disposal periods, we will provide one roll-off dumpster at each of the following locations (4 rolloffs in total during each disposal day): 

WARD 1 – Pelham Park Parking Lot
Address: 349 Cave Road, Anniston, AL 36206
Directions: https://bit.ly/3wvZDEh
WARD 2 – Carver Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 720 W. 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201
Directions: https://bit.ly/3543I7g
WARD 3 – South Highland Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 229 Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
Directions: https://bit.ly/36DTsDd
WARD 4 – Norwood Hodges Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207
Directions: https://bit.ly/3qunznw

Please note, the following items will NOT be accepted:

Hazardous Waste of any kind (i.e. batteries, corrosives)
Freon Appliances (i.e. refrigerators, freezers)
For questions and/or more information, on the City of Anniston’s Disposal Days, please contact our Public Works Department at: 256-231-7742, ext. 272. You may also learn more about our debris policies by visiting: www.annistonal.gov/public-works.