- Brahan Springs Park, 500 Drake Avenue, Huntsville
- Splashpad, playground, covered picnic area
- Open Memorial Day - Labor Day, every day from 10AM-dusk
The City of Huntsville and local Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs came together to renovate and improve Brahan Spring Park and install the Everybody Can Play Splashpad adjacent to the 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 accessible.
Brandy Travers, a volunteer and board member for the project spoke about the addition to the park installed in 2013. “It took several years for the EveryBody Can Play playground to come together. It 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 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 inside the fence and the actual splashpad, and I wish I had brought an umbrella or quickie pop-up tent to get some sun relief. Definitely wear a hat and sunscreen! There are covered picnic areas beside the parking lot of the park.
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.
Everybody Can Play Splashpad Details
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Location: Brahan Springs Park, 500 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801 (Map)
Hours: Open Memorial Day – Labor Day, every day 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.
This article was originally published in 2013 and has been updated to provide the most current information.
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