Explore: Beautiful, all-access Ingle Park

Children play at on the Connected Playground at Ingle Park this week. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

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

CULLMAN, Ala. – One of Cullman’s most unique parks is Margaret Ingle Park, which features the Connected Playground. This modern and clean playground was built with children of all abilities in mind, and the result is tons of fun for everybody.

The park’s renovation was completed in 2018, and the playground is a fully accessible and ADA-compliant. Filled with innovative equipment by Kompani, the playground has climbing ropes and walls, an exciting variety of sitting and standing swings, slides and interactive features. The playground is covered in soft turf providing a safe surface for kids.

If monkeying around in the playground is not your style, the park is packed with other fun amenities including two foursquare courts, a full-size basketball court, pickleball courts and the John E. Hunt championship baseball field with the back wall covered in confederate jasmine. The park is also next door to the Field of Miracles.

The park’s butterfly garden and bench provide visitors with a quiet space to visit. The butterfly bench is just one of the many playful features that makes Ingle Park a happy place to be. The park is clean, open and definitely aesthetically pleasing. The large open green spaces add to the park’s appeal.

While there is room in the park for future expansions, Ingle Park does not have walking or jogging trails now. The open spaces allow for a variety of fun activities and the playground is large and spacious; however, those looking for a great place to walk or jog would most likely be happier visiting nearby Heritage Park.

As for Xena, The Tribune’s “park puppy,” she loved the soft grass and watching all the kids laugh and play on the Connected Playground. Dogs are welcome at the park, but they need to be kept on a leash. Ingle Park is typically busier than the other neighborhood parks The Tribune has visited, so for shy dogs, the noise and activity could be overwhelming.

Ingle Park is a wonderful place for family and friends to spend an afternoon. The large pavilion is perfect for parties and gatherings with additional picnic tables nearby. There are restrooms located at the park, as well as plenty of concrete sidewalks.

The park is located at the corner of Lessman Street Southwest and Cleveland Avenue Southwest. It is open each day from sunrise to sundown. As always, be respectful of the nearby residents.

Ingle Park is maintained by Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism.

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