2024 Redistricting

Wacky Wednesday!

Main Street Anniston’s Wacky Wednesday is back to make your Summer fun!!
Join us at Zinn Park (101 W. 14th St) from 10:30 AM till 12:30 PM for our Wacky Wednesdays! There will be bounce houses, the splash pad, Kona Ice, games, live animals and more!
Free to the public!
Our Wacky Wednesday summer schedule is as follows: June 26th and our End of Summer Bash on July 31st!

2024 Summer Day Camp!

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The City of Anniston is excited to host its annual Summer Day Camp Program. The Summer Camps will run from May 28, 2024, through August 2, 2024, from 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM (Monday – Friday).

Our camps will take place at the Carver Community Center, Norwood Hodges Community Center, & Wiggins Community Center! 

Activities will include: Nature & Science, Drama, Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Outdoor Survival, Contests, Music, Field Trips, Dance, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Gymnastics, Tumbling, and more!


You may register online at: https://www.annistonal.gov/parks-recreation/summer-camp/ 

Registration forms may also be picked-up at each community center camp site. You may also download a registration form here: https://tinyurl.com/cmueku3h. To register in-person, once you have filled-out your registration form, you may either deliver it to any Anniston Community Center, or mail it to:

The City of Anniston Parks and Recreation Department

P.O. Box 2168

Anniston, AL 36202

Attn: Day Camp


Camp fees for residents of the City of Anniston are $55 per week per child; $50 for each additional child in the same family. 
Weekly fees for non-residents are $60 per week per child. 
There is a $25 one-time registration fee for all campers. Fees are non-refundable. 

Additional Information:

Carver Community Center – (256) 231-7630 (Pat)

Hodges Community Center – (256) 231-7627 (Kevin)

Wiggins Community Center – (256) 231-7628 (Carol)

Thank you!

Summer Adventures in Learning! (SAIL)

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Children regress when they don’t practice their academic skills over the summer. This is known as summer learning loss, or the summer slide. Children from low-income families lose two-three months of grade equivalency. Thanks to wonderful partnerships throughout East Alabama, we are excited to introduce our community’s own Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program, as a dynamic component of the City of Anniston’s Summer Day Camps this year!

Designed for students entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in August 2024, this SAIL program welcomes participants from the City of Anniston’s Summer Camp Programs at Wiggins, Carver, and Hodges Community Centers, along with students residing in Calhoun County. This program primarily focuses on students not meeting grade level standards. Daily attendance is mandatory to participate in this SAIL program.

The classroom components of the SAIL program will be hosted at The Donoho School. SAIL students will be required to participate in both the Summer Day Camp Program and the SAIL program, and they’ll be offered transportation from their respective Summer Camp locations to The Donoho School for 3.5 hours of daily instruction featuring innovative reading and math sessions rooted in the BellXcel curriculum, led by certified local educators. After breaks for lunch, city transportation will take Summer Day Camp students back to their respective community centers. On Fridays, SAIL students will be transported to Camp Lee for unique outdoor enrichment adventures, and return them to their centers afterwards!

Registration kicks off at designated community centers from May 7th to 9th. All students who register for the SAIL program will be required to take a pre-test prior to final enrollment into the program. This program will start June 3rd and run until August 2nd, excluding July 1-5 and June 19th.

For more information on our community’s SAIL program, please contact the City of Anniston Parks & Recreation Department at: 

Phone: 256-241-7164 or 256-236-8221
Email: sstringer@annistonal.gov or fburroughs@annistonal.gov 

Learn about our local SAIL network by visiting their sites below: 

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama: https://www.cfnea.org/ 
The Donoho School: https://www.donohoschool.com/ 
Alabama Power: https://www.alabamapower.com/
Camp Lee: https://camplee.org/ 
BellXcel: https://www.bellxcel.org/ 

Groundbreaking: Chief Ladiga Trail Extension!

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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! (May 22-26)

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The Aquatics and Fitness Center will be hosting a 5-day lifeguard Full-Certification course starting Wednesday, May 22, 2024, through Sunday, May 26, 2024. A Re-Certification course will also be offered on Saturday, May 25, 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 full certification class costs $160. The recertification course is $90.
The class schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday, May 22: 6 PM to 8 PM CT
Thursday, May 23, & Friday, May 24: 5 PM to 9 PM CT
Saturday, May 25, & Sunday, May 26: 7 AM to 5 PM CT
You may register online at: https://tinyurl.com/yckspyrt

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!

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!

Annual Tree Give-Away!

Join us on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 10:00 AM CT until 12:00 PM CT for our annual Arbor Day Tree Give-Away! The event will take place at the new Anniston City Market (114 West 11th Street, Anniston, AL 36201).
We thank Alabama Power for graciously donating the trees each year for this event!
For information on what trees will be available, please contact Doug Gaddy at: 256-236-8221 and/or dgaddy@annistonal.gov.

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.
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!

2024 Youth Spring Sports Registration!

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It’s time to strap-in, lace-up, and play ball! Registration for Spring Youth Sports is now open! Registration will run until February 29, 2024!

You may register your superstar online today, by visiting: https://bit.ly/3k4G1mH
You may also register in person by completing our registration pamphlet and returning it to any City of Anniston Community Center: http://tinyurl.com/yhfnkh9e

This year we will be offering the following sports:

T.O.T. Soccer ($50)
Youth Soccer ($85)
T-Ball, Baseball, & Softball ($100)
Barracudas Swim Team ($45 per month for 1st child)
Track & Field ($50)

For more information, please contact City of Anniston Athletic Director, Darren Spruill, at: 256-820-3860 and/or dspruill@annistonal.gov.