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City Opens Bulldog-Themed Splash Park at Dr. Richard Showers Recreation Center

Published on May 31, 2016

Photo: Bulldog-themed splash pad opens at Shower's Center
The dog days of summer are no match for dozens of children enjoying the cool, jet fountains at the newly installed Splash Pad at the Dr. Richard Showers Sr. Recreation Center, 4600 Blue Spring Road.
The bulldog-themed Splash Park opened after a ribbon cutting today to the delight of families looking for ways to beat the heat. The 15,429 square foot park features three splash pads with 26 fixtures and spray patterns. An additional 15 jets may be interchanged to provide variety for the children. The park also includes 12 shaded picnic tables and bench seating throughout.
“We haven’t met a child yet who doesn’t love a splash pad, and we are proud to provide this amenity for our North Huntsville families,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.
The $320,000 Splash Park is part of a $1.2 million renovation to the Showers Center. Additional improvements include a refurbished locker room, restrooms and showers, new windows, painting, lighting, and pool deck. Al Azhar Temple #195 made a generous $1,000 charitable donation to the construction of the Splash Pad.
“This center has more than 230,000 visitors every year, and we are working to add new programs and activities that meet the needs and interests of our citizens,” said Dr. Richard Showers, District One Council Member.
The Showers Center is one of the most active recreation centers operated by Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department.
“These community centers become second homes to our families and we strive to provide the type of programming and environment that adds value to the neighborhoods,” said Steve Ivey, Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Director.
The Showers Center offers year round fitness and swim classes, after school programs and summer camps, league activities, lectures, and more.
For more information, contact:
Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006, kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov.