Auburn Parks & Rec: Something for Everyone

Guest Blogger: Brenda Daley, Auburn Parks and Recreation Department

The number of park programs Auburn has to offer is quite robust for a city of our size. That’s not by accident. We’ve intentionally built our Parks and Recreation Department to be a real community asset.

Because the Parks and Recreation Department operates on tax dollars, everything we do is with you in mind. The city dollars we receive fund park and pool maintenance, repairs and new equipment. Any profit we make from park programs is automatically reinvested—it’s how we offer so many free programs and services, like our Garden Series and Summer Kids Series.

While the weather is cold right now, we still have a lot of activities going on. (Did you see last week’s blog on the upcoming Valentine’s Day Dances?) If you don’t know much about the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department, here’s an overview of what we offer:

Parks: Our 11 community and neighborhood parks give you lots of choices for outdoor fun and physical activity. Each park is unique. Eckhart Park reminds me of an old family park with its large trees, natural creek and walking trails; while Memorial Park was designed to provide space for team sports—the park has three soccer fields, a basketball court, two baseball diamonds and four horseshoe pits. (Learn more about our parks.)

Programs: All year long, we offer special programs and events for Auburn residents of all ages. Some of our most popular include:

  • Garden Series (Sponsored by DeKalb County Extension, this free six-week series features workshops on different garden and planting topics. Keep watching Facebook for the 2012 Garden Series topics and dates.)
  • Summer Kid Series (Free, two-hour classes entertain children twice a week throughout the summer.)
  • Swim Lessons, including a Mom & Tot class
  • Arbor Day Tree Sale
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Halloween Walk
  • Adult Softball Leagues

Pool: One of the best parts of the Parks and Recreation Department is our community pool. Without it, the 12 weeks of summer would be hotter than ever! The pool cools everyone down and is a great gathering place for family and friends.

Remember, this is your community asset—so get out and enjoy one of our parks or participate in one of our programs and make sure take advantage of your tax dollars.  And if there’s something you’d like to see – either in the park or in one of our programs – please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can figure out how to get it accomplished. You can email us at parks@ci.auburn.in.us with your ideas and questions.