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The City Outside

Auburn University is known for it’s academic excellence and outstanding sports programs While both aspects are phenomenal parts of the Auburn experienced, few people venture off campus to see what the city really has to offer.

There are many volunteer opportunities the University provides for outreach in the Auburn/Opelika area, but the city also provides recreational activities that may surprise you.

With major renovations and new construction both on campus and in the city, the area is bursting with opportunity.  City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Public Relations Intern at the Jan Dempsey Community Art Center, Evvie Walker, is witness to the creative community that calls Auburn home first hand.

“There’s a lot of amazing photographers, painters and sculptures that I had no idea even existed in the community, and once I gave it a chance and started looking at art I was really amazed at how talented people are.”

The City holds festivals, giving local artists and vendors the opportunity to share their products and services with the people. These events, like the annual Art Walk, provide entertainment and an opportunity to see all of the talents Auburn has to offer.

“I think that it’s a really great opportunity for the art community to really gather and have a good time with art festivals,” Walker said. “We just had Indian SummerNight downtown. It’s just a really good opportunity for not only the university but the town to get together and explore the arts.”

There are also many opportunities eat locally. The University provides The Market at Ag Heritage Park every summer where you can buy fresh, straight from the growers.

The chances for students to become involved in the community outside of campus are plentiful. Walker said it best, “There’s definitely things for people to do if they are looking for them.”

Photo credit: Evvie Walker

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