Cullman RV park to add recreational water feature

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Design concept of the water park that will be installed at Palomino Resort in May. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) 

Water park will be largest of its kind in Alabama 

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday evening approved a bid from The Entertainment Group, LLC, dba Union Aqua Parks, in the amount of $158,413.25, for a custom inflatable water park to be located in one of the existing ponds at the Palomino Resort RV park on County Road 222. According to City Clerk Wes Moore, the feature will be the largest of its kind in Alabama, and water park fans will have to travel to Orlando to find the closest park larger than Cullman’s. 

 The water park will feature multiple connected structures that will allow users to climb, run, jump and slide, as well as giving multiple points for resting and people-watching. According to Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism director Zac Wood, the park will be able to hold up to 217 people at one time. Union Aqua Parks offers numerous modular designs, but the park coming to Cullman will be custom built for the resort. 

 Wood told The Tribune, “Park and Rec is excited to offer an aqua park unlike anything in this area. In the summer of 2021, it’ll be ready to go for campers who are there at the RV park, and then also folks that just want to come down from the community for a day pass, and come in and enjoy the park. It’s going to be a really, really, really, really great experience. 

 According to Wood, installation should begin in early May, and the park should be open for visitors between midMay and early June. 

 Other council business 

 The council awarded the bid for the Highpoint Pump Station project to J. H. Wright & Associates in the amount of $107,696. The only other bid was submitted by Morrow Water Technologies for $117,836. 

 The council approved the creation of a municipal court diversion program (See separate story) and voted to amend the city position control detail to allow an employee who recently received diesel mechanic certification to move up in position. 

 The council also approved three special event requests: 

  •  From Lauren Estes for a Bataan Death Walk on city streets on April 10, 2021 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
  • From Kyle Elam for a wedding at the Festhalle on April 10, 2021 at 7 p.m. 
  • From Gary Cornelius of Relay for Life for a drive thru luminary display and survivor parade for local cancer warriors in the Warehouse District on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. 

 The Cullman City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the City Hall auditorium. The public is invited to attend. 

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