Large removals, acquisitions for urban parks and recreation

December 30 – The Times counts the 10 best local stories of 2021.

Cullman’s Parks Department capped a busy 2021 as the recipient of a Christmas present too big to bow. In December, the town became the new owner of the Terri Pines Golf Course and Country Club, through a direct donation from the family of the late Bert McGriff, an icon of the Cullman business community and the course’s original founder.

Under its new municipal ownership, the sprawling property on the northwestern outskirts of the city will be managed by the Cullman Department of Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism. While this was by far the most publicized acquisition in the department’s 42-year history, the Terri Pines pickup was just one of many new signs of growth as plans for the park of the city took off in 2021.

Also in December, Mayor Woody Jacobs announced that the city would build a new skatepark as an outdoor park and recreation equipment for local skateboarders. The new skatepark will extend the current footprint of the department’s parks northward, occupying long vacant land to connect the Depot Park adjacent to the Cullman Police Department headquarters along 2nd Avenue.

Overseeing this and other park expansions will be a familiar face returning: Nathan Anderson, the city’s former director of parks and recreation who joined the department this month in a return to his previous role.

Also on the drawing board are the final plans to replace the civic center with a new build that the city sold to Desperation Church in 2019. Originally advertised as an ambitious multi-purpose complex to be located on the site of the old remodeling store Marvin’s home, the site’s intended location has since moved slightly north on a contiguous city-owned property, closer to the Cullman Aquatic and Wellness Center (CWAC).

As for the CWAC itself, the city’s swimming and fitness complex off Main Avenue also received a boost this year with the city’s announcement of a $ 10 million expansion for the downtown Wild Water Park. Approved in April, the upgrades were tentatively revealed with plans to begin construction during the off-season of the outdoor park, and include a two-acre addition containing a new 14,000-foot wave pool, as well as four new slides and more. new equipment.

New water features were also on the horizon this year for the Parks Department’s Palomino RV Resort, the city’s second of 50 sites for RV campers. In March, the city approved the addition of an inflatable water obstacle course to help complement the recreational offerings of the park, which itself is only operational for one year on the site of the former property of Burrows-Hamilton Farm in South Cullman.

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