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Climb into fun at McGucken Park in South Huntsville

Climb into fun at McGucken Park in South Huntsville

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Living in South Huntsville, one our favorite playgrounds to visit is McGucken Park. It’s not quite as crowded as Southside Park or Kids Space, but still has plenty of fun things for kids to climb and explore.

The playground is made up of two larger plastic play sets that’s geared for younger and older children. Both sets feature a surplus of climbing obstacles, two tunnels, slides, and more. Although this park is not as frequented as some of the more popular ones, it could easily be a place to spend a few hours.

The playground features two baby swings and four swings for kids.

McGucken Park At-a-Glance

Location: 13020 Bailey Cove Road SE, Huntsville, AL 35803 (Map)

McGucken Park Amenities: Baby swings (2), Swings (4), sidewalk encircles the playground for riding toys, bathrooms with changing tables, water fountains, shaded benches for caregivers, pavilions, baseball/softball fields, tennis/pickleball courts, roller hockey, multi-purpose fields, easy access to Aldridge Creek Greenway.

Situated in the midst of several softball/baseball fields, the playground at McGucken Park has more than enough parking. The playground is not enclosed, but is a pretty decent distance from the main road. Parents with runners will still want to keep an eye on the parking lot though.

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McGucken Park has two crawl-through tunnels for kids to explore.

The playground features two tunnels, a variety of slides at different heights, a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, spring ride on toys, and more. This playground is the climber’s absolute dream with climbing walls, ladders, obstacles, and more to conquer. The other benefit to this park is that it could easily entertain younger and older kids alike with easy access to the sports fields and plenty of green space for tossing around a football.

The park also has a host of athletic fields including baseball, softball, football, tennis, pickleball, and this multi-use court that can be used for roller hockey or soccer.

Know Before You Go

McGucken Park has a lot to offer for South Huntsville families, or even just those that are looking for new scenery. Here’s a few tips to make your visit better:

  • Although there is shade on the benches for caregivers, the playground equipment is mainly in the sun. Be sure to bring the sunscreen and check equipment temperatures before letting the little ones loose.
  • The playground is not fenced in, so if you have a runner be prepared to keep a close watch on them.
  • There are bathrooms with changing tables available over near the sports fields, but they are not right by the playground. Parents of potty training toddlers will want to check in often since the bathrooms are about a 3 – 5 minute trek from the playground.
  • There are occasional games/youth league tournaments at McGucken Park, so it may be more crowded on those days. As a bonus you may can grab some concessions though.
  • The playground is encircled by sidewalk and has easy access to Aldridge Creek Greenway, so be sure to bring the riding toys and bikes to stretch out the visit. (You can even ride bikes down the Greenway to Southside Park for an all-day adventure.)
The little climbers will delight at this playground.

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