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South Huntsville Optimist Club donates $25,000 to City’s Special Populations Program

January 15, 2021 Click to view South Huntsville Optimist Club donates $25,000 to City’s Special Populations Program

The City of Huntsville received a generous $25,000 check from the South Huntsville Optimist Club to support its Special Populations program. Managed by Huntsville Parks & Recreation, the program provides activities for individuals with special needs at the Buddy Bryant Youth Center near Optimist Park and the recreation center. “Part of our charter is patriotism and to help youth, and we found a project to fit both,” said Dennis Anderson, a [more]

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Skatepark coming to John Hunt Park’s growing number of sports offerings

January 12, 2021 Click to view Skatepark coming to John Hunt Park’s growing number of sports offerings

Another new cutting-edge sports complex is heading to John Hunt Park, this time in the form of an innovative skatepark that will challenge skaters, from professional to novice. The facility will be Olympic quality and include supporting facilities such as restrooms, pavilions, sunshades, lighting, landscaping and expanded parking. It is slated to be built on a three-acre site between Kids Space and the championship soccer fields. “Skateboarding continues to grow in popularity [more]

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City unveils statue of Dr. William Hooper Councill

December 23, 2020 Click to view City unveils statue of Dr. William Hooper Councill

Dr. William Hooper Councill has returned to the grounds of the former high school that bears his name. A statue of Dr. Councill, commissioned by the City of Huntsville, now proudly welcomes alumni and visitors to the William Hooper Councill School Park on St. Clair Avenue in Downtown Huntsville. The park opened in fall 2019 as a tribute and memorial to the hundreds of African-American students who studied there during the [more]

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Healthy Huntsville wants you to ‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’ this holiday season

November 12, 2020 Click to view Healthy Huntsville wants you to ‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’ this holiday season

Maintain, Don’t Gain is a partnership with Healthy Huntsville and Huntsville Hospital Health System to encourage people to maintain their weight over the holidays. Throughout the six-week program, Healthy Huntsville will post tips and tricks on Facebook to help participants stay on track during a time of year when it can be challenging to get exercise and make smart food choices. In 2019, 959 people weighed in throughout Madison County. Of [more]

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Mayor Battle’s Tree Planting Day – Saturday, Nov. 7 

November 1, 2020 Click to view Mayor Battle’s Tree Planting Day – Saturday, Nov. 7 

The public is invited to join Mayor Tommy Battle for his annual Tree Planting Day in John Hunt Park on Saturday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The City of Huntsville’s Green Team and Landscape Management departments will have all the supplies needed to plant more than 350 hardwood trees to expand the park’s tree canopy. This is the 7th year the Mayor and community volunteers have rooted trees in the park to [more]

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Dance for Diversity at Butler Green on September 18

September 15, 2020 Click to view Dance for Diversity at Butler Green on September 18

Join Healthy Huntsville for Dancing for Diversity, a free socially-distanced dance fitness event to promote health and diversity on Friday, September 18, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at S.R. Butler Green at Campus No. 805. During the event, attendees will experience a different dance instructor every 15 minutes to include Zumba, cardio hip hop, Bollywood, line dance and more. Physical activity is key to long-term health for everyone. Regular movement [more]

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City opens 58-acre Dallas W. Fanning Nature Preserve

July 1, 2020 Click to view City opens 58-acre Dallas W. Fanning Nature Preserve

The City of Huntsville opened its newest nature preserve on 58 acres of land off Martin Road West. Named in honor of the late Dallas W. Fanning, former director of urban development and architect of the City’s western expansion, the park will provide residents in the westernmost part of the City with outdoor trails for exercise, passive recreation, star-gazing and nature hikes. “I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to [more]

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Municipal offices will be closed for Independence Day Holiday

June 30, 2020 Click to view Municipal offices will be closed for Independence Day Holiday

City of Huntsville municipal offices will be closed for the upcoming Independence Day Holiday on Friday, July 3. Residential garbage collection will not be affected. Police and Fire will continue to be on duty throughout the holiday weekend. Public Transit will provide regular Shuttle Bus and Handi-Ride service on Friday, July 3, but will be closed on Saturday, July 4. Parks & Recreation will close its recreation centers for the holiday weekend, [more]

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Celebrate Parks & Recreation Month in July

June 26, 2020 Click to view Celebrate Parks & Recreation Month in July

Mayor Tommy Battle and Huntsville Parks & Recreation Director Steve Ivey are excited to kick-off Parks & Recreation Month as part of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) national campaign on Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. in Brahan Spring Park. “This year, we want to highlight the numerous ways our department provides services and activities for the community,” Ivey said. “We are particularly excited to introduce the public to the many new recreation activities we’ve created.” Huntsville’s parks and recreation services are an essential [more]

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Healthy Huntsville to Offer Free Fitness in the Park Classes

June 1, 2020 Click to view Healthy Huntsville to Offer Free Fitness in the Park Classes

Healthy Huntsville and Huntsville Parks & Recreation are offering free, socially-distanced exercise sessions in Big Spring Park each Saturday in June. Fitness in the Park 2020 will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Big Spring Park East near the canal bridge at Spragins Street. If it rains, classes will be taught under the adjacent covered area in the YMCA/Huntsville Utilities building. “We hope these free fitness options will motivate [more]

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