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.
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.