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
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!

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt! (03/28/24)

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Hop on over to the City of Anniston’s Youth Soccer Complex (745 Summerall Gate Rd, Anniston, AL 36206) on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 7:00 PM CT for a fun evening of flashlight Easter egg hunting!
The cost of admission is $5.00 per child, and be sure to bring a flashlight and a bag/basket to collect your eggs in! Also, be sure to dress appropriately for the outside weather!
There will be a bounce house, face painting, food, music, door prizes, games, and photos with the Easter Bunny!
For more information, please contact the Carver Center at 256-231-7630 and/or the Aquatic Center at 256-847-7349!

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. 

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 Noble Street Festival & Sunny King Criterium! (04/13/24)

Noble Street Festival returns on Saturday, April 13, 2024 for the 22nd year!

The Sunny King Criterium brings a kaleidoscope of colors and whirl of action to Anniston with twenty exciting bicycle races in Downtown Anniston. Nine hours of live web streaming showcase the sights and sounds to cycling fans across the U.S., and around the globe. Racing action will be called by professional sports commentators Brad Sohner and Lauren Hall. It’s one of the best days of racing to watch in person, or online, providing valuable exposure for the hundreds of competitors and their teams as well as area tourism.

“There’s no better place to start up the criterium racing season for USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour than in Anniston. It’s a fast, smooth course in downtown with plenty of spectators. Being close to Talladega, speed is the name of the game for the Sunny King Criterium,” said Sohner.

Sunny King Automotive Group continues as a longtime supporter of the Sunny King Criterium. Admission for spectators is free for all bicycle races, making it one of the most unique professional sporting events in the country. A portion of proceeds from all bicycle race registration fees are donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life chapter of Calhoun County. Since 2002, more than $200,000 has been raised for cancer research and patient support.

Anniston Heritage Festival

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The 2024 Heritage Festival is almost here! Our annual celebration of Juneteenth looks to be a great time, as this year’s concert will be headlined by “Billboard Top-10 R&B Artists,” Lyfe Jennings! Lyfe is a soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who has been heralded by the New York Times as “a socially minded R&B singer.” You can check his music out at this link: www.youtube.com/@LYFEJENNINGS.
Now is your chance to reserve your VIP experience for this event! Our levels of sponsorship are as follows:
Gold Sponsor ($2,500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, opportunity to speak on stage, 20 VIP tickets
Silver Sponsor ($1,500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, 15 VIP tickets
Bronze Sponsor ($500+)
logo on t-shirt, prominence on all advertisements, 10 VIP tickets.
For VIP Access & Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frazier Burroughs at (256)-236-8221 and fburroughs@annistonal.gov, or Charles Barclay at (256)-454-2724.
EVENT DETAILS:
The 2024 Heritage Festival will take place at Zinn Park (101 W 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201) on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 2:00 PM CST until 10:00 PM CST! This event is free to attend, and be on the lookout for future announcements on other artists and other exciting news, as we draw closer to the concert date!
For event information or questions, please contact:
City of Anniston Parks & Recreation Department
sstringer@annistonal.gov | 256-241-7164, ext. 236
Thank you!