Party in the Park: How to Throw an Epic Birthday Party in a Huntsville Park

Finding a great birthday party location in Huntsville for a kid who loves being outdoors can be a challenge, not to mention expensive. But what if there was a party option for families that utilizes the City’s abundant greenspaces?

Huntsville City Parks has been helping throw birthdays for years, but sometimes sifting through the information to plan the details can be daunting. Lucky us we have a great partner in the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department, and they love having families party in the Parks!

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Best Parks for Parties

We asked Parks & Rec which parks have the best spaces to channel your kid’s inner party animal – ie: those that have pavilions, playgrounds, pools, and water features.

Optimist Recreation Center Pavilion & Playground: It is more private, being at the back of the Rec Center and has a new playground and pavilion that you can rent and bathrooms located both outside and inside the Rec Center.


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Brahan Spring Park Pavilion connected to the Splash Pad: There is a large rentable pavilion attached to the rocket-themed splash pad, which is also wheel chair accessible. This popular park is also right by the Everyone Can Play Playground, sand volleyball and horse shoe pits.

Creekwood Park: Two playgrounds that accommodate all ages, multiple ‘first come, first serve’ pavilions, tons of green space, disc golf course and bathrooms make this a great party location.

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How do you make a reservation?

Exactly who do you call to do that? We were able to ask Ashley Polesak, Public Relations Officer for Huntsville Parks & Rec. (She’s our favorite Leslie Knope!)


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“Some of our pavilions are ‘first come, first serve’ and others are rentable. All rentable pavilions have the phone number on them of who you need to call, and we suggest that you check out the location and pavilion you are thinking of renting to make sure it fits your needs. You can always call the main office at 256-564-8026 and they will transfer you to the correct person.

We hope that before the end of the year we will have an interactive website for pavilion rentals to make it easier for the citizens to utilize, as well as being able to pay online.”

How Much Does It Cost?

Most facilities will take the payment the day of, in case there is bad weather and the party has to be cancelled. Huntsville Parks & Rec prefers that pavilions are paid for by check, but we will also take cash.

Pavilion rental fees vary from $25 – $100 on Monday-Friday and $50 – $300 on Saturday-Sunday and holidays recognized by the City of Huntsville.


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Rental fees go to the General Fund for the City of Huntsville. This fund supports all departments, including Parks & Recreation, Landscape Management, and General Services, all of who take care of the parks. Families can review park rules for clean up & use HERE.

Parent Party Pro-Tips

Call the main office (256-564-8026) for ‘first come, first serve’ pavilions so that staff can make sure the pavilion has been taken care of prior to your event by landscape and trash management. The main office can usually provide insight regarding other events in the area or construction going on.

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