Location: 15935 Chaney Thompson Road, Huntsville, AL (map)
Amenities: Excellent variety of playground equipment for all ages, dog park, walking trail, multiple pavilions with picnic tables, frisbee golf, and bathrooms.
This review and the pictures taken were made right after the park opened and a day after a heavy rain. The dog park and areas surrounding the playground were very muddy and wet, but I expect this will improve with time, especially after the grass grows in. The playground wasn’t muddy, and there were lots of families enjoying the sunny day.
I suspect this awesome park will stay crowded on pretty days. Luckily, there are lots of things for the kids to play on. There is a good mix of equipment for all ages at the playground, and the kids enjoyed seeing the dogs being walked on the trail, which runs right beside the playground. Although there are trees in the park, there is no shade on the playground.
There is plenty of parking in the parking lot, and bathrooms are located in the large pavilion close by, so that we didn’t have to walk very far to find them.
Also at the pavilion are picnic tables and a water fountain with an insert to fill a water bottle, which I thought was super handy! There is a “regular” water fountain here and also one for dogs. Changing tables are located inside both the men’s and women’s restrooms, and there is a family restroom too – all located in the large pavilion.
On the other side of the playground are some smaller pavilions, so there is plenty of seating to sit and eat, and trash cans were located throughout the park.
The city has announced they will add a disk golf course and ball fields to Southside Park as soon as possible. The extensive dog park already in place here makes it a good destination for the whole family – Fido included!
Overall, this is great park. Keep in mind that the playground and parking lot are beside each other and there is no fence around the playground, so you’ll have to watch your little ones closely if they tend to be runners. Also, there is a deep ditch nearby – another reason to watch your little ones closely.
Heather Phillips and her husband are high school sweethearts originally from Kentucky. Heather worked in the fields of public relations and marketing for over 13 years before becoming a stay at home mom to their two boys. Heather has enjoyed volunteer work her whole life and is active in the animal rescue community here in Madison County.