Year in Review: Huntsville breaks new ground in parks and recreation
, 2022-12-09 15:01:47,
About nine out of 10 U.S. adults surveyed in 2021 said it’s important for local government to invest in community infrastructure, including parks, community centers and recreation facilities.
The results reflect what City leaders have long known – a high quality of life is as vital to citizens as other key factors, such as road improvements and job expansion.
Over the past year, the City has committed over $60 million to its recreation offerings, building new facilities and renovating existing spaces. More importantly, Huntsville Parks & Recreation continues to provide dozens of free, year-round programs to youth, adults and seniors, from exercise and fitness classes to art workshops and organized athletics.
Sandra Moon Community Complex
One of the City’s most ambitious projects is the Sandra Moon Community Complex, which is also home to the South Huntsville Library, multiuse athletic fields and 12 lighted, outdoor pickleball courts.
Construction began on the second phase in 2022 – an extensive interior renovation of the old Grissom High’s main southside building – and is scheduled for completion in spring 2023. This phase will include a new performing arts center, overseen by Arts Huntsville. Phase 3 will bring a playground and additional parking.
“I think when it’s done, it will be one of our crown jewels in Huntsville,” said Parks & Recreation Director James Gossett. “Especially when you look at the level of activities and programs, and the wide range of people who can use that center.”
John Hunt Park
At nearly 450 acres, John Hunt Park continues to serve as Huntsville’s own “Central Park.” Over the past year, it’s hosted everything from the inaugural Eggstravaganza, which drew about 5,000 people, to sand volleyball and cross-country championships, which attracted athletes and fans from around the world.
The soccer facilities include two championship fields. This year, the City approved a second championship phase at John Hunt Park. Two new turf fields, a press box and locker room are expected to bring additional interest from soccer and lacrosse tournaments.
The park, already home to a mountain bike course, will also soon offer an 18-hole disc golf course….
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