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Recreational & Educational Programs

We offer a number of recreational and educational programs for people of all ages—all with the goal of getting people active, engaged and invested in our community. All year long, we offer special programs and activities that help you have fun, stay fit and make memories.

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.

Below are descriptions of some of our most popular annual programs.

To keep informed on upcoming latest Parks & Recreation events, like us on Facebook.


Youth Sports Leagues
Our sports leagues teach basic skills, along with lifelong lessons such as sportsmanship, teamwork and having fun while giving your best effort.

Auburn Little League Baseball
icon-calendar.pngRegistration: January 28 and February 4 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at YMCA of DeKalb County (533 North Street)
Enter through the childcare door on the north side of the building. 

You can also register online at

Auburn Girls Softball League
icon-calendar.pngRegistration now open:

Auburn Little League Football
Contact: Erik Weber 260.925.2300 or 260.927.0867


Building a Better Bird House
icon-calendar.pngMarch 26, 2018, from 1-3 p.m.
Rieke Park Lodge

Free Admission


Registration form

Presenter: Bill Ward - Conservation Technician DeKalb County SWCD

Join us as we build birdhouses for the Eastern Blue Bird. Bill Ward will be joining us once again to talk to us about the importance of these habitats for our flying friends, and the impact that you can make in their lives. Each participant will have the chance to help us construct sturdy bird homes, and everyone will go home with their very own “Better Bird House.”


Spring Break Skate
icon-calendar.pngMarch 27, 2018, from 12-3:30 p.m.
At Skatin' Station
Free Admission
Skate Rental Fees: Skates $2, Inline Skates $4

Children of all ages are invited! An adult must accompany children under age 6.


Mark's Ark
icon-calendar.pngMarch 28, 2018, from 12-1 p.m.
Rieke Park Lodge
Free Admission

Registration form


Mark presents animals in a hands-on, friendly presentation with humor and taste and assures that all animals are safe and handled appropriately. Mark has a great sense of humor and looks the part of an animal handler in his safari clothes and wide-brimmed, outback style hat. A few of the critters in his menagerie include larger docile snakes, lizards, large tortoises, a hedgehog, some creepy-crawly eight-inch millipedes, toads, frogs and birds. All are gentle, people-friendly and well supervised by Mark, who has handled all types of animals for most of his life.


Indiana Boater Education Course
icon-calendar.pngMarch 29, 2018, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rieke Park Lodge
Free Admission

  • Registration:
  • Presenter: Officer Bryan Beneke – InDNR
  • Class Limit: 50

The Indiana Boater Education Course will provide instruction in general information concerning boats and maintenance, what to do in emergencies, how to make your experience safe and enjoyable, and the laws pertaining to watercraft operation. In order to be certified, students must attend the entire class.

Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian every session. Anyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Liability Release Form:


Easter Egg Hunt
icon-calendar.pngMarch 31, 2018, at 9 a.m.
Eckhart Park 1500 S. Cedar St
Sponsored by the Auburn Kiwanis Club

April - June

Essential Oils for Natural Spring Cleaning
icon-calendar.pngApril 12, 2018 6 p.m.

Rieke Park Lodge (1600 N Indiana Avenue)

Warmer days are coming so let's talk about Spring Cleaning—non-chemical Spring Cleaning, that is! Investigate the advantages of using essentional oils as alternativ cleaners. These 100% organic, plant-based oils make cleaning safer for your family and pets. So mark your calendars and join Kourtney Hopf and Pam DeCamp for this free, informative, family-fun event. No registration required.


Arbor Day Tree Sale
The Auburn Parks Department invites our community to celebrate Arbor Day by purchasing a tree during our 23rd Annual Arbor Day Tree Sale at Rieke Park Lodge (1600 N. Indiana Avenue) on Friday and Saturday April 20-21.

icon-calendar.pngApril 20, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

icon-calendar.pngApril 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Native species trees and shrubs start at $15 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Options include:

  • Ivory Silk Lilac Tree
  • Redpointe Maple
  • Red Maple
  • Sugar Maple
  • White Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Tulip Poplar
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Pagoda Dogwood
  • Black Chokecherry
  • Royal Raindrops
  • Pawpaw
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Norway Spruce
  • White Pine
  • Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Purple Smokebush
  • Buttonbush

Grasses and bushes (ranging from $20-$45) are also available:

  • Zebra Grass
  • Karl Foerster
  • Maiden Grass
  • Shenandoah Grass
  • Purple Smokebush
  • Buttonbush
  • Arrowwood Viburnum
  • Silky Dogwood

Watercolor Tree Portraits
Join local artist and educator Tara Benbow and learn how to paint watercolor tree portraits for Arbor Day. All supplies provided. Registration required. Call Courtney 260-925-2997 ext. 1802 to register before April 19. Class size limited to 25 students.

icon-calendar.pngApril 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Rieke Park Lodge (1600 N Indiana Avenue)


Adult Softball Leagues
Kids aren't the only ones who like to play ball! We offer independent and co-ed teams for adults as well. Call the Park Office for more information 260.925.2997.

Registration Form


1st Session
April 24 – June 5, 2018
April 13, 2018

2nd Session
June 19 – July 31, 2018
June 6, 2018

3rd Session
August 21 – October 2, 2018
Deadline: August 11, 2017


Summer Session
May 9 – August 9, 2019
April 27, 2018

Fall Session
August 22 – October 4, 2018
August 10, 2018

A completed team roster form should also be submitted when registering your team.


Junk in the Trunk
icon-calendar.pngMay 19, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

icon-calendar.pngJuly 28, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

icon-calendar.pngSeptember 15, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rieke Park

Need to get rid of some clutter in the closet or around the house? Load up the car and meet us out at Rieke Park for a garage sale! Seller spots are $20, and each spot can have up to two sellers.

July - September

Adult Softball Leagues
Kids aren't the only ones who like to play ball! We offer independent and co-ed teams for adults as well. Call the Park Office for more information 260.925.2997.

Registration Form

Men's League
2nd session registration deadline: June 8

icon-calendar.png3rd session registration deadline: August 10

Co-Ed League
Fall registration deadline: June 8

A completed team roster form should also be submitted when registering your team.

October - December

Halloween Walk
This family-friendly event provides fun and entertainment for all ages.

Location: Eckhart Park (1500 S. Cedar Street)

Cost:$2 per person (Free for ages 3 and under)

Questions: 260.925.2997

Costume Contest

  • No registration required
  • Wear your most creative, scary or funny costume

Annual Christmas Parade
Come enjoy the parade and lighting ceremony with Santa! The parade begins at DeKalb County Fairgrounds and runs to Main St, to Ninth St, to Cedar St. and ends at Courtyard Park.

Cash prizes are given for the top 3 floats or walking groups.
To register, visit Carbaugh Jewelers!

Sponsored by the Downtown Auburn Business Association (DABA)


Annual Christmas Walk

The Annual Christmas Walk is a holiday tradition for families in Auburn. Stroll through Eckhart Park and enjoy a Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas display along with traditional holiday scenes and music. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be on hand to get your holiday wish list and tell some stories that are sure to add to the charm of the evening.

Location: Eckhart Park (1500 S. Cedar Street)

Cost: $2 per person or $1 + nonperishable food item donation (Free for ages 3 and under)

Questions: 260.925.2997


Mayor's Corner

June 6, 2018
Part of our quarterly Storm Water Series by Todd Sattison, WPC Program Coordinator Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets prevent storm water from…
September 22, 2017
By Norman Yoder, Mayor of Auburn There’s been a lot of discussion about the Auburn Community Pool especially after it was announced that this past summer was its last one of operation. Many want the city to keep the pool open. I understand those sen…


May 19, 2018
DeKalb County Central Communications (DCCC) is changing its procedure on contacting utility and municipal services, either during or after business hours. As the public safety answering point for all of DeKalb County, DCCC will continue to make cont…


  • June 24, 2018
    Auburn's Department of Water Pollution Control is hiring. There's an open position for a Full-time Sewer Maintenanc…
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