Explore: Hanceville’s Veterans Memorial Park

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The Cullman Tribune’s “Park Puppy” Xena enjoys the view at Hanceville’s Veterans Memorial Park. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

Recently, The Tribune set out to explore all of the many beautiful parks within Cullman County. We’ll visit one each week.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Tucked away on the south end of Hanceville is one of the loveliest parks in all of Cullman County. Veterans Memorial Park is a beautiful and relaxing park that is packed with interesting features including walking trails, an outdoor stage, playground and pond.

The entrance to the park features a stone memorial wall honoring the brave Hancevillians who gave their lives serving our country in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The park also has a 1941 Howitzer and an Army tank on display. Several benches are placed around the large pond in honor of other service members from Hanceville.

Veterans Memorial Park is a great place for walking, jogging and biking. The paved trails that wind through the park are well lit and maintained. The half-mile trail takes visitors around the pond and fountain. Unless an occasional duck looking for a handout bothers you, the park’s trails are sure to help relieve the stress of the day.

The park is large enough for those looking to find a nice quiet place or for the family, company or church looking for a place to have a larger event or cookout. The large covered pavilion near the entrance of the park includes six extra-long picnic tables, and the smaller Nail Family Pavilion has a large picnic table as well as seating. Both are close to the pond with the Nail Pavilion overlooking it.

You might want to bring your fishing gear to the pond, but do not plan on swimming or launching any type of boat. There is a five fish per day limit.

On the lower end of the park is a large covered stage that hosts a variety of events including last year’s Hanceville Music Fest with the Natchez Trace Band and this year’s planned Confederate Railroad concert scheduled for September. There is plenty of room for guests to spread out a blanket or set up chairs in the shade while enjoying the show. If you are looking for a place to hold an outdoor event with live entertainment, give Hanceville a call.

The Tribune’s Xena the Park Puppy was thrilled to see something just for her- the newly renovated Paws Park doggy playground. This fun doggy park has great obstacles for your budding agility dog, plenty of space for a dog or puppy to run and a row of colorful fire hydrants for their personal business. There’s even a dual water fountain for dogs and their humans. Before bringing your dog to Paws Park, check with your vet to make sure his or her vaccines are up to date, and, as always, clean up after your pooch.

The park has a playground for kids with multiple swing sets. A charming pedestrian bridge crossing over the creek connects the playground to the park. There are plenty of open spaces for other activities that kids might enjoy, especially biking.

Hanceville’s Veterans Memorial Park is a great place to visit and explore. It is beautifully maintained by the City of Hanceville and Hanceville Parks and Recreation. The park hosts several events each year, including annual fishing events and Christmas festivities. The park has bathrooms, but they are only open during the warm summer months. The park is located at 503 Park St., Hanceville.

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Christy Perry

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