Sports events, first-class golf, boating and fishing, a sense of heritage, Prattville offers residents and guests a variety of avenues for fun, relaxation and learning!
Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced today it has signed a multi-year agreement with the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail to be title sponsor of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament in Prattville. The 2014 tournament – the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic – will be conducted August 27-30, 2015 on the Senator Course at Capitol Hill along the RTJ Golf Trail, which consists of 26 courses on 11 sites stretched across Alabama.
As we get closer to the event, we will post special events for that week and highlights. Please plan to join us for this amazing experience! You won't regret it.
Daniel Pratt Historic District
When Daniel Pratt chose what is now Prattville as the site of his business ventures, he designed areas which would be devoted to manufacturing, retail businesses, churches, schools and residences. Since 1984, this "planned community" has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A driving tour map of the district may be obtained from the Mayor's office, Prattaugan Museum or Chamber of Commerce.
The garden/park was an effort achieved through a partnership with the Prattville Downtown Unlimited merchants and the City of Prattville. The Horticulture Division turned the lot, left empty after the Cobb Building fire several years ago, into a wonderful green space for all to enjoy in the heart of downtown.
The City of Prattville spent $4,258 of City funds on the park. The Down to Earth garden club and the Master Gardeners made cash donations to the project. Mickey Thompson of "Uncle Mick's" restaurant donated the cast iron columns. Steven and Carol Brooks donated the lion's head fountain shown on the wall in the photos (check photo gallery below). The merchants of Prattville Downtown Unlimited donated the fountain and the bench. Donations from these groups totalled $7,410.
The wrought iron gates and the baskets atop the cast iron columns were fabricated by City employees Robert Browder and Mike Taylor.
The Autauga Creek Improvement Committee (ACIC) was awarded a Recreational Trails Program grant by ADECA to construct a downtown connector trail for the Creekwalk. The $14,350 grant funded the materials for the Creekwalk expansion and the City of Prattville Engineering Department provided the in-kind services of actual construction.
We just cut the ribbon on the Creekwalk expansion on March 5, 2014 and are very proud of the hard work accomplished by the Autauga Creek Improvement Committee, the City of Prattville Engineering Department, the grant writing expertise of Sara Byard with CARPDC, and thank you to ADECA for funding the project.
Pratt Park Splash Pad
The splash pad project was funded by winning the Coca-Cola Live Positively "America is Your Park" $100,000 grant during the summer of 2012. Pratt Park also won the title of "America's Favorite Park." The City of Prattville was also awarded a $42,000 grant by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to pay for the recycled rubber surface. The Autauga County Fair Association donated $10,000, which paid for most of the fencing. The splash pad is open seasonally, usually late March through the end of September.
Autauga Creek Canoe Trail
Enjoy canoeing/kayaking down Autauga Creek, a beautiful natural resource that winds through the City of Prattville and Autauga County. The official access point is behind Pratt Pond and the exit point is beyond County Road 4, behind the Autauga Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility. The trail is just under 4 miles long and provides exercise, experience with nature, and a lot of family fun. If canoeing or kayaking isn't your thing, consider floating down in an inner tube to just enjoy the weather and the scenery. You won't be disappointed!
Long before Prattville became "The Preferred Community," it was known as "The Fountain City" because of its numerous artesian wells. Many of these wells were capped or ceased to flow when efforts were made to move them. However, many wells still produce gallons of sweet, free-flowing clear water daily. At many of the public wells, thirsty citizens wait their turn to fill plastic jugs with the fresh water. Enjoy a drink of water and sit a spell under the tin-roofed well shed on Doster Road, sip from a dipper at the well in the back yard of the Prattaugan Museum/Heritage Center, slake your thirst at Heritage Park overlooking Autauga Creek, or at any of the other public artesian wells.
Prattaugan Museum/Heritage Center
History buffs and those interested in genealogical research will enjoy a visit to this c. 1840 Greek-revival house within whose walls Prattville and Autauga history was made. Numerous interesting artifacts from the Pratt Family, as well as other items depicting the history of families who settled in Autauga County, are housed in the Prattaugan Museum, operated by the Autauga County Heritage Association. Old newspapers, books and other records, are housed in the Heritage Center. Admission is free. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The adjacent "Little House" is available for meetings. Call 361-0961 for more information.
Old Prattvillage/Prattvillage Garden
Efforts to preserve older structures in danger of being torn down resulted in Old Prattvillage. Property owners remodeled existing houses and worked with the Autauga County Heritage Association in relocating the historic Mims Hotel and Slaton House to the area. Businesses and offices are now located in the charming "village," which is adjacent to the charming garden maintained by the Master Gardeners.
This beautiful circa 1830 structure was the first Autauga County entry to the National Register of Historic Places. Legend has it that Andrew Jackson patterned the staircase at his home, The Hermitage, after visiting. Buena Vista is operated and maintained by the Autauga County Heritage Association. It is available for weddings and parties and is open for tours on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment.
Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill
World-class golf is played in Prattville at Capitol Hill, the crown jewel of the Robert Trent Jones golf trail. The Navistar LPGA Classic golf tournament is an annual LPGA Tour event held on Capitol Hill's Senator Course in late September/early October each year.
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