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Summer Begins with Splash Pad Opening at Brahan Spring Park

City of Huntsville June 21, 2013
(HUNTSVILLE, AL) - The City of Huntsville welcomed the first day of summer with a ribbon cutting for the new splash pad at the "EveryBody Can Play" playground in Brahan Spring Park. The aquatic play area and special needs playground is a joint effort between the City of Huntsville's Parks & Recreation Department and Huntsville area Optimist and Kiwanis clubs.

"The water park is opening just in time for the hottest days of summer," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Thanks to our community's creativity and volunteer spirit, we now have a handicap-accessible playground for children and adults."

The $250,000 splash pad brings the total investment in the special needs playground to more than $850,000. The aquatic play area features a space theme with 51 different water features including sprinklers, bubbling geysers, water cannons, dumping buckets and roll arches. The inclusive park offers a place to play for children of all abilities in Huntsville and Madison County.

"This is an outstanding effort from the local Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs and the City of Huntsville," said Greg Patterson, Director of Parks & Recreation. "This project has been a dream for five years, and it has taken hundreds of volunteers from across the city to make it happen."

The Everybody Can Play Playground has been the fundraising focus of the area Optimist and Kiwanis clubs. They have led community groups, non-profit organizations and businesses to build the first two phases of the project, completed last June. The City of Huntsville provided the property from the old tennis center and its Parks and Recreation, Facilities, and Public Works departments have all pitched in to help with construction and operations.

The Splash Pad is located in Brahan Spring Park, across from the Brahan Spring Recreation Center on Ivy Street. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m., to dusk.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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