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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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Cyclists gear up for the 11th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride on Saturday, May 30

May 26, 2020 Click to view Cyclists gear up for the 11th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride on Saturday, May 30

Mayor Tommy Battle and Healthy Huntsville invite the public to join them this Saturday, May 30, for a free, family-friendly four-mile bike ride around Downtown Huntsville. The 10 a.m. ride will begin and end on Church Street in Big Spring Park by the Downtown YMCA. Part of the Healthy Huntsville program, which promotes fitness and nutrition, the annual Mayor’s Bike Ride also coincides with Bike Safety Month when the City celebrates [more]

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Parks & Recreation to ease restrictions May 26

May 22, 2020 Click to view Parks & Recreation to ease restrictions May 26

The City of Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department released its updated policy allowing the phased re-opening of the City’s parks and recreational facilities. The new policy takes effect May 26, replacing the policy published on May 18. The revised policy allows for the opening of several facilities previously closed and allows certain activities banned under the current policy.  Updates of note include: Playgrounds, splash pads, and pavilions open Aquatics facilities open on weekends Team athletics [more]

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Parks & Recreation ease restrictions to allow more activities beginning Monday, May 18

May 17, 2020 Click to view Parks & Recreation ease restrictions to allow more activities beginning Monday, May 18

The City of Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department continues to reopen facilities in a return to more normal operations to the extent allowed by the State Health Officer orders. Beginning Monday, May 18, Parks & Recreation will allow more activities to occur in its parks and recreation centers. Patrons must continue to abide by distancing and sanitation guidelines and are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings or masks. For a complete list of what’s open [more]

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Huntsville Parks & Recreation announces May 4 openings

April 30, 2020 Click to view Huntsville Parks & Recreation announces May 4 openings

The City of Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department will begin the process of re-opening facilities and returning to normal operations, to the extent allowed under State Health Officer orders, beginning Monday, May 4. All activities must adhere to limitations of no more than 9 persons in a gathering and ensure 6-foot social distancing separation between individuals not from the same family unit. Park visitors are encouraged to wear masks or facial [more]

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Huntsville tightens restrictions on public parks; supports Health Officer’s order for non-essential businesses

March 27, 2020 Click to view Huntsville tightens restrictions on public parks; supports Health Officer’s order for non-essential businesses

The City of Huntsville will enforce the Alabama Department of Public Health’s order announcing the closure of non-essential businesses, venues and athletic facilities through April 17. The City has consistently followed the Centers for Disease Control and Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines. While the State order takes effect at 5 p.m. on March 28, the City will implement certain restrictions in its parks immediately. Read Health Department Order HERE “This is [more]

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City of Huntsville Closes Recreation Centers

March 20, 2020 Click to view City of Huntsville Closes Recreation Centers

The City of Huntsville continues to review operational procedures in response to the COVID-19 virus. In keeping with the most updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health, the City will close all of its recreational centers to the public effective immediately. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents should “separate and sanitize.” Read more about prevention strategies from the Centers for Disease Control. For the latest updates on [more]

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