Parks

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Bannister Park

Located off Friendship Road
Oxford, Alabama 36203

A neighborhood park located off Friendship Road, the park is open to all and free of charge. The facility features a lighted walking track and green space to play soccer, Frisbee, and other activities. Bannister Park also features a children’s playground and several benches.

Please be mindful of where you park your car!

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Choccolocco Park

954 Leon Smith Parkway
Oxford, Alabama 36203
256-342-0174

The 300+ acre park features walking and bike trails around a 30 acre lake, an 18-hole disc golf course, a fully accessible Boundless Playground, and is part of the Alabama Indigenous Mound Trail. At Choccolocco Park, you can experience history, recreation, and the most breathtaking sunsets in Alabama!

Our nationally-ranked, award-winning sports complex features baseball, softball, track & field, cross country, and soccer amenities.

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Oxford Lake & Freedom Park

401 McCullars Lane
Oxford, Alabama 36203
256-831-2660

Oxford Lake is an excellent place for family and friends to enjoy with a .67-mile walking track surrounding the lake along with covered picnic pavilions, a fishing pier, and the Coldwater covered bridge built in 1850. Nearby softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, and the Oxford Civic Center provide plenty of recreational opportunities for you and your family.

Freedom Park features a children's playground, splash pad, and covered pavilions.

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Liberty Park

401 McCullars Lane
Oxford, Alabama 36203
256-831-2660

Located at the south end of Oxford Civic Center, Liberty Park memorializes our veterans and first responders.  It features a domed pavilion with benches, a WWII-era cannon, a lighted reflecting pool and fountain, and a natural amphitheater for events honoring those who have served in our military or as first responders.  You will find all branches of service represented at Liberty Park, including POW-MIA and KIA.  We invite you to visit the park and honor all of our local heroes.

 

Facilities

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Oxford Civic Center

401 McCullars Lane
Oxford, Alabama 36203
256-831-2660

The civic center features a multipurpose gymnasium and an abundance of meeting space. You will also find a public swimming pool, 5 Baseball for Youth fields, a 4-field softball complex, a lighted tennis court complex, pickleball courts, and additional tennis courts. There is also a children's playground, 9 covered picnic pavilions, a fishing pier, batting and pitching cages, and plenty of parking for everyone.

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Senior Center

424 Main Street
Oxford, Alabama 36203
256-831-5900

Seniors from Oxford attend the center daily to play cards, dominoes, various types of puzzles, and trivia games. They also do crafts and listen to speakers with seniors' interest in mind and to socialize. Lunch meals are provided through a state-wide program through East Alabama Planning and

Development Commission. Meals are $1.00 per day-donations only. Free breakfast is served on Friday morning, sponsored by area businesses. At least monthly, there is a dinner outing for the seniors who attend the center with Oxford providing transportation.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Some programs at the Senior Center are currently on hold. Please call 256-831-5900 for the most up-to-date schedule.

Rental Facilities

Athletics

Basketball

Oxford Parks & Recreation offers a great youth basketball program for the city’s children and youth. The players practice and play games several times per week at the Oxford Civic Center, Bynum Community Center, and Friendship Community Center. They also travel to nearby Parks and Recreation Departments for games and tournaments.

We offer the following age divisions:
6-8 years old COED
10u boys
10u girls
12u boys
12u girls

Youth Football

Oxford Parks & Recreation offers great youth football and youth flag football programs for six weeks during September and October.

Football games are held at Choccolocco Park on the multipurpose field. They practice and play games against other Oxford teams several times per week.

We offer the following age divisions:
1st-2nd grade (Flag Football)
3rd-4th grade (Football)
5th-6th grade (football)

Soccer

Oxford Parks & Recreation offers great youth soccer programs for six weeks during September and October.
Soccer games are held at Choccolocco Park.

We offer the following age divisions:
5u, 7u, 9u, 11u, 12u

Softball

Oxford Parks & Recreation has a fantastic softball program with hundreds of participants. We offer a girls' league, men's church league, coed league, and a senior league at the Oxford Softball Complex by the Civic Center. Our softball season begins in April and ends in August.

Programs & Events

The City of Oxford values the wellbeing of our visitors, staff, and community. We continually assess current conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19 and engage with federal, state, and local public health officials when deciding whether to postpone, cancel, or reduce the number of attendees (if possible) for gatherings. Some programs listed below are currently on hold. Please call 256-831-2660 for the most up-to-date schedule.

Oxford Civic Center

Programs

Senior aerobics: Free, low impact class with Lyn Brown (instructor) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Day camp: Every summer, spring break, and fall break we offer camps for children ages 6-12. Registration starts February 1st.
Cheerleading: We offer cheerleading for PARD tackle-football teams every fall. Registration dates are in May and June. Please call for dates/times.
Tennis: Individual and group lessons for all ages and levels are offered by three instructors at the 8-court tennis complex. Cost: individual lesson = $25/hour, group lessons (3-6 participants) = $10/hour, doubles clinics = $25 per person per session, youth (10 & under) = $5 per child per session, cardio tennis = $10/hour. 

For more information, contact Gene Hosford at gene.hosford@yahoo.com or 256-453-3037; Charlie Rivera at 205-657-9555; Jack Totherow at 256-452-3661.

Events

Senior Adult Day: In February and September, we provide free entertainment and a sack lunch and drink for all senior citizens. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. On average, our attendance is between 300 and 600 seniors.
Senior Dance: We offer monthly senior dances. During the events, we serve food and have a live band. The admission fee is $5.00 per person.
Day Trips: We have various senior citizen day and overnight trips. Our “lunch bunch” group meets every month for lunch and shopping at various locations.
Mardi Gras 5K: During Mardi Gras in March, we put together a 5K run for adults and a Fun Run for children.
Freedom Festival: Every summer, we have a 4th of July celebration co-sponsored by the Oxford Arts Council. The festival includes parades, antique cars, food vendors, games, and activities for children. Some years, we bring musicians to entertain the large crowds. The spectacular fireworks show takes place at Oxford Lake.
Halloween Carnival: On October 31st, we offer a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. The carnival includes costume contests, hayrides around Oxford Lake, games, candy, and prizes. Carnival is from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Free admission and tickets are 4 for $1.00.
Masters Games of Alabama: The Game's participants came from all walks of life and physical abilities with one common goal - to have fun, exercise, make new friends, and compete in their favorite activities. The Masters Games of Alabama is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for active adults aged 50 and older through social, mental, and physical activities. While the Games provide an Olympic-type atmosphere, the focus is not on competition, but fun and fellowship.

Friendship Community Center

Programs

Art classes: Several times per year, art instructor Jack Hadder offers four-week courses in various types of art. The art classes are held on Mondays in Room B from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The classes cost $60.00 per month.
Karate: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., our instructor Mike Mangham offers karate classes for those interested. Participants must be at least 7 years old. The classes cost $45.00 per month.
Yoga: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Bluegrass Jam Session: In our kitchen area, we invite the public to a free and fun jam session on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring your favorite instrument! 
Senior Citizen Volleyball: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., all senior citizens are welcome to play volleyball in our gym. The activity is free so come out and bring a friend! 
Pre-School: Classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am to noon; For 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Must be potty-trained. Immunization Blue Slip Required. Space is limited. Call for availability. 256-405-5088. Teacher: Mary Wood. $100 per month. $45 Registration and Supply Fee.

Events

Easter Egg Hunt: Every year, on the Saturday before Easter, we are hosting an Easter egg hunt for children ages 0-12. Make sure to bring your own basket! Activities begin at 8:30am.

Bynum Community Center

Programs

Senior Dance: 1st Saturday of every month. Featuring live music. $5.00 admission
Fitness and Flexibility Class: This is a free low impact aerobic class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For more information, call our certified instructor, Lyn Brown on 256-241-2716
Cray-Fit: Come join Rachael Cramer (instructor) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for fun workouts. It costs $3.00 per class or $25.00 for a 10 class punch card.
The Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties: Every summer, the Arc conducts two 3-week summer camps for special needs children at Bynum Community Center. The Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties is a 501(c)3 non-profit that serves individuals with intellectual /developmental disabilities and their families through support, education, advocacy, and public awareness so that they can reach their chosen goals.

 

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