RECREATION, LEARNING & FUN

RECREATION

Madison’s Recreation Department is your first stop for many of the city’s many recreational opportunities for adults and kids.

DUBLIN MEMORIAL PARK

In addition to Kid’s Kingdom, Dublin offers a facility with basketball courts, meeting rooms, walking track, indoor swimming pool, soccer fields, tennis courts and an outdoor walking trail.

CRAIG & STEVEN HOGAN YMCA

You’ll find a new, well-equipped facility at the Y. Featuring a wellness center with exercise equipment, TV and computer screens , come experience an aquatic center, walking track, Ping-Pong and foosball area, multi-purpose rooms for martial arts and dance lessons and basketball courts and indoor soccer facility.

PALMER PARK

Baseball, softball, batting cages, and soccer and football fields mark this sprawling park.RUN THROUGH THE ROSES: MAY
This annual 5K and 10k marathon sanctioned by the USATF, is held the first Saturday in May, starting and ending at Bob Jones High School. An evening celebration features live music and prizes.


RUN THROUGH THE ROSES: MAY

This annual 5K and 10k marathon sanctioned by the USATF, is held the first Saturday in May, starting and ending at Bob Jones High School. An evening celebration features live music and prizes.

STARS & STRIPES FOREVER: July 4th

Held on the grounds of Dublin Park, this 4th of July celebration begins at 2pm with local music entertainment, dancers, games, contests and local food vendors. It culminates in a glorious round of fireworks at 9:30pm.

THE LIVING LIBRARY

The Madison branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is the only known Living Library in Alabama. Its green space comprises a life-sized scrabble board, reading nooks, children’s amphitheater, vegetable garden and butterfly habitat.

At the library you’ll find an expanding catalog of resources, including books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, DVDs, audiobooks on CD and music CD’s. You can download audio books and e-books at home using the Digital Media Zone.
Nineteen public and four catalog computers are available as well as library-wide Wi-Fi service. A meeting room that seats 70 may be reserved. The room also serves as a movie theater.



ANNUAL BUSINESS EXPO AND KIDS DAY: July

The last Saturday of July provides an opportunity for businesses to bring their wares to the community in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere held at the Hogan Family YMCA (10:00am – 2:30pm). Parents are encouraged to visit each booth where children are welcome.

MADISON CITY FARMERS MARKET: Summer

On Hughes Road, south of Discovery Middle School, the Farmer’s Market is open from 8am to Noon every Saturday from April to October. You’ll find fresh local produce, cheese, herbs, home-baked goods and the work of local artisans.

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS: September

The Madison Chamber of Commerce presents 4 distinctive awards to outstanding businesses deserving of recognition.

TRAIL OF TEARS: September

On the third Saturday of September, Madison comes alive with the sound of motorcycles participating in the Trail of Tears ride. The ride commemorates the forced march of the Cherokee from their tribal lands in Tennessee and North Carolina to Oklahoma.

MADISON STREET FESTIVAL: October

Downtown Madison’s Main and Front Streets are transformed the first Saturday in October with festival booths, food, live performances and kids activities. The day beings with a parade at 8:00am and ends at 4:00pm with the Miss Madison Street Festival Pageant.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE: December

Held the second Saturday in December, the parade starts at 5:30pm on Plaza Drive. It proceeds to Hughes Road, then heads into Historic Downtown Madison.

CONNECT 2015: MAYORAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS: January 30

This is the premier event for the City of Madison and it’s the Mayor’s presentation of the year in review and future of the city. Annual held at the Davidson Center for Exploration, a portion of the proceeds of this event are given to the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund by the event host, the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

KID’S KINGDOM

Appealing to parents and kids, this oak-shaded playground at Dublin Park has slides, swings, outdoor toys as well as benches and picnic tables.



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