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Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

April 8, 2021 Click to view Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

The City of Huntsville will require employees and the public to wear face coverings in all City buildings, Mayor Tommy Battle announced Thursday during a news conference at City Hall. Though Alabama’s Safer at Home Order expires Friday, April 9, the City decided to continue its face covering protocols until further notice. There are several exceptions, however, for essential job functions, such as eating or drinking, working outdoors or to enhance communication. “We [more]

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City of Huntsville Secures Team Pain to Design World Class Skatepark in John Hunt Park

April 1, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Secures Team Pain to Design World Class Skatepark in John Hunt Park

A new cutting-edge sports complex designed by Team Pain is heading to John Hunt Park, this time in the form of an innovative skatepark that will challenge skaters, from professional to novice. The Huntsville City Council approved a resolution on January 14, 2021 that authorized the Mayor to enter into an agreement between the City of Huntsville and Friends of Parks & Recreation for the construction and maintenance of the John Hunt [more]

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City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

March 29, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices and Municipal Court will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. City offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, April 5. Huntsville Transit will operate a normal schedule for both Orbit fixed-route buses and Access paratransit services. Because garbage collection occurs Monday-Thursday, there will be no change to service. Recycling will also not be affected. All Huntsville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed, except the [more]

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Johnson Legacy Center to include new urban park

March 25, 2021 Click to view Johnson Legacy Center to include new urban park

Just seven months after cutting the ribbon on the new Johnson Legacy Center (JLC) in northwest Huntsville, the City is moving forward with plans to add an urban park to the campus. At the request of Mayor Tommy Battle, City Council approved a contract with Bostick Landscape Architects to design a new outdoor park adjacent to the JLC. “As we start this second phase, I am excited to see, yet again, the [more]

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Flooding at Hays Nature Preserve

March 18, 2021 Click to view Flooding at Hays Nature Preserve

Flooding issues have closed several areas within the Parks and Recreation Department. Access to a majority of the Hays Nature Preserve has been closed today (Thursday, March 18) due to flooding issues. The only areas accessible at this time are the Main Entrance on U.S. Highway 431 and the Natural Playground and Bar Lake areas. In addition, the Indian Creek Greenway and Creekwood Park are also closed. For more information, keep up with [more]

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Huntsville’s Kaylei Selko wins state honors in Arbor Day Poster Competition

February 26, 2021 Click to view Huntsville’s Kaylei Selko wins state honors in Arbor Day Poster Competition

Huntsville’s Kaylei Selko works alongside Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as they plant a Blue Ice Arizona Cypress tree near the state Capitol. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey joined Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School (GSES) fifth-grader Kaylei Selko at the state Capitol in Montgomery Thursday in recognition of her first-place award in the annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest. In honor of her performance, Ivey helped her plant a Blue Ice Arizona Cypress tree near the [more]

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Huntsville Parks & Recreation Celebrates Black History Month

February 24, 2021 Click to view Huntsville Parks & Recreation Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month. As we pay tribute to the many Black citizens who have made a difference in our community, Huntsville Parks & Recreation highlighted four places with ties to our African American community.   For our first spotlight, we featured Big Spring Park. In 1880, Huntsville African Baptist Church held its baptisms in what is now Big Spring Park. Named after a large underground Karst spring, referred to by the indigenous [more]

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City of Huntsville Prepares for Potential Winter Weather Event 

February 14, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Prepares for Potential Winter Weather Event 

The City of Huntsville is closely monitoring the threat of winter weather, which could impact travel and city services this week. The National Weather Service in Huntsville has Madison and surrounding counties under a Winter Storm Warning from 6 p.m. Sunday, February 14, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, February 16. The weather threat also prompted Gov. Kay Ivey to declare a State of Emergency for 28 counties, including Madison. The main threat with the storm [more]

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Municipal offices will be closed for Presidents’ Day, February 15

February 11, 2021 Click to view Municipal offices will be closed for Presidents’ Day, February 15

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices and Municipal Court will be closed Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal operating hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, due to inclement weather. Public Transit will remain open until noon, weather permitting. Garbage collection will be delayed by one day throughout the week

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Healthy Huntsville partners with Scale Back Alabama to Help Residents Reach Health Goals

February 9, 2021 Click to view Healthy Huntsville partners with Scale Back Alabama to Help Residents Reach Health Goals

This year, Healthy Huntsville’s partnership with “Scale Back Alabama” is going virtual. Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free, statewide wellness program for adults, ages 18 or older, who live in Alabama or work for an Alabama-based organization. It is designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and have fun while doing it. In years past, there was only one goal of Scale Back Alabama: To lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. [more]

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