Location: Brahan Springs Park, 500 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801 (Map)
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Brahan Springs Park, you might not recognize it. The City of Huntsville and local Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs have come together to renovate and improve the park, and install a new addition, the “Everybody Can Play” splash pad adjacent to the existing playground.
The large aquatic play area features a space theme with 51 different water features including sprinklers, bubbling geysers, water cannons, dumping buckets, and roll arches that are wheelchair accesible.
Brandy Travers, a volunteer and board member for the project is excited about the new addition. “It has taken five long years for the EveryBody Can Play playground to come together, and is meant to be used by [literally] every body whether they have physical limitations or not. We hope to have the ability to change out the features at the park in the future so that we can make it different and exciting for the children of the community.”
Parking is plentiful, and clean bathrooms are conveniently located just a few yards away from the splash pad. Diaper changing tables are included in the bathrooms.
There are benches that line the fenced-in perimeter of the fountain area, as well as two picnic tables. There is no shade, and I wish I had brought an umbrella or quickie pop-up tent to get some sun relief. Definitely wear a hat and sunscreen!
If you’re a parent of a smaller child (4 and under), plan to get wet yourself. There’s really no way to walk through the splash area without a fountain hitting you, and your little one will need your supervision if they want to climb on the installations in the middle. And they will, because they’re really cool!
- There is no cost to enjoy this public park. Don’t you just love living in Huntsville?
- The fountains and water features are chlorinated.
- The surface is all concrete – I advise wearing water shoes that have grip as it can be slippery if kids run. There have already been a few injuries reported, so run at your own risk!
- If the fountains are off when you arrive, just wave your hand in front of the blue sensor right by the tall rocket fountain and they’ll pop on again. This feature conserves water when no one is there and is on a timer.
- Wi-fi in the park is strong and plentiful.
- The benches were pretty full of dry parents – bring your own lawn chair to make sure you have a seat!
- The covered pavilion nearby is a great place for a picnic lunch after all that splashing.
Open seven days a week from 10:00AM to dusk. NOTE: Closes every Tuesday at 5:30PM and re-open on Wednesday morning at 11:00AM to allow time for necessary maintenance.
We love going to this playground. It's one of the few with fences all the way around, and with two children with developmental delays that do not understand invisible boundaries, fences are really important to us. I dislike that so many people leave the gates wide open, even when there's a big sign on it asking people to keep it closed, and one of the gates (last time I was there anyway) doesn't even have a latch. I guess most people don't see the point in keeping it closed because that's not something they have to think about with their kids. Other than that, we've really enjoyed ourselves. As there is at every playground, there are some kids that are unsupervised that are a little too rough around the smaller children. The bathrooms weren't any different than any other public park any of the times we went.
Great Fun for Free!
Great way for the kiddos to have some water fun, especially if you're on a tight budget!