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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.

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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:

April - June

Easter Egg Hunt
icon-calendar.pngApril 15, 2017, at 9 a.m.
Eckhart Park 1500 S. Cedar St
Sponsored by the Auburn Kiwanis Club


Arbor Day Tree Sale
icon-calendar.pngApril 21, 2017, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

icon-calendar.pngApril 22, 2017, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rieke Park Lodge (1600 N Indiana Avenue)

Large variety of trees available


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.

July - September

Auburn Police Department Annual Golf Outing
icon-calendar.pngJuly 14, 2017
The Auburn Police Department is hosting its annual golf outing at Bridgewater Golf Club. Proceeds will fund a number of community police programs, including Shop with a Cop, K9 Drug Program, Pathfinder Program for At-Risk Youth and much more.

Registration and Contribution Form

Donation Form


Disc Golf Camp
icon-calendar.pngJuly 24-28, 2017
Ages 10 and up, each session is limited to 15 participants
$25 per person
All participants will receive a disc; discs will be provided for the camp.

Registration Form


Junk in the Trunk
icon-calendar.pngJuly 29, 2017
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.

Register as a seller


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
Rules and Regulations


All League
Registration deadline: August 12 (Games start August 23)

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


Youth Tackle Football
icon-calendar.pngRegistration: July 16-20
Group Practices & Evaluation: July 24 - August 2

Information on 2017 Registration, Camp and Session


Wiffle Ball Tourney
icon-calendar.pngAugust 12, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Thomas Park

Youth division: Ages 8-17
Adult division: Ages 18 and older
Cost: $40 per team
Minimum of 5, maximum of 18 on the roster

Registration forms


Kick Ball Tourney
icon-calendar.pngAugust 19, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Thomas Park

Youth division: Ages 8-17
Adult division: Ages 18 and older
Cost: $40 per team
Minimum of 8, maximum of 10 on the roster

Registration forms

October - December

Halloween Walk
icon-calendar.pngOctober 20-22 and 26-31, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.
The theme of this year's annual Halloween Walk is "Revenge of the Eckhart Pirates!" 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 on Oct. 30

  • No registration required
  • Show up by 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 30
  • Wear your most creative, scary or funny costume

Annual Christmas Parade
icon-calendar.pngNovember 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
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
icon-calendar.png December 8-10 and 15-17, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

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



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