Grand re-opening celebration held at Art Park

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The renovated Art Park includes a “reading tree” for group story reading. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune) 

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism (CPRST) on Thursday officially reopened Art Park off Main Avenue on the city’s west side. The renovated park features a playground with padded synthetic turf under slides, swings, climbing elements and event musical devices. Wildflower patches and cultivated beds are placed at various locations around the site and, of course, art is to be found all around, from sculptures to commissioned murals. On the east side of the park, a “reading tree” encourages groups to come and take part in story reading. Restrooms can be found in a heavily customized and painted shipping container in the middle of the park, and a small amphitheater was host to live music and dance performances during the celebration. The small building on the park’s south side, which has housed both the Girl Scouts and Cullman’s Parks and Recreation offices over the years, boasts a new deck overlooking the park and is available for party and special event rentals. Large trees around the site are lit up at night. 

Much of the renovation was done last year, but the COVID shutdown pushed the completion and reopening into 2021. 

Standing on the “Art House” deck and watching activities in the park below, CPRST executive director Zac Wood told The Tribune, “It’s a great park, right here in the middle of the city, right in the heart of the city.” 

In a CPRST press release, Wood said, “We’re incredibly excited to officially welcome everyone to Art Park. This park is going to be the perfect place for the community to come out, spend some time outdoors in a beautiful area and gain a new appreciation for the arts in Cullman.” 

Recreational Development Director Christy Turner added, “Art Park is going to be great for Cullman, and we’re especially excited to partner with local schools and the public library for a summer reading series very soon!” 

 Look for a photo gallery coming soon to The Tribune’s Facebook page. 

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