By Mayor Tommy Battle
Over the last decade, the City of Huntsville has committed millions of dollars to improve existing parks, build new ones, create world-class facilities, and stay on the cutting edge of recreation opportunities.
To ensure we provide something for all ages, our older population will soon have more options in John Hunt Park with a new community center geared toward their needs.
A former National Guard armory, located near the Steve Hettinger Drive entrance on the east side of John Hunt Park, is being transformed into the Raymond W. Jones Community Center. Once open, the Center will offer senior-specific activities, including programming for those with Parkinson’s disease.
The renovation will include a new roof, HVAC system, plumbing, upgraded electrical systems, windows, LED lighting and finishes. Outside, the building will get façade improvements and the parking lot will expand to accommodate more vehicles and ADA-accessible spaces.
The $6.3 million project is largely funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program, with the City providing the remaining funds through its capital budget. The target date for completion is late 2023.
Meanwhile, the new Kids’ Space at John Hunt Park is also expected to open in summer 2023. The playground renovation includes themed areas, celebrating Huntsville’s past, present and future. There will be multiple shade pavilions for families to relax out of the heat.
The focus of the redesigned Kids’ Space is on fun, for everyone. It will offer modern play activities for children with special needs and varying abilities. The Kids’ Space renovation is part of a contract that also includes the new Get-A-Way Skatepark.
We believe offering quality places to play contributes to Huntsville’s high quality of life. Let us know how we’re doing by dropping us an email at email@example.com.