CULLMAN, Ala. – The City of Cullman on Thursday announced it will be making infrastructure changes to Depot Park. This will occur immediately to prepare for upcoming events this fall.
Depot Park is known as a nice little oasis just north of the city’s Warehouse District, and its proximity to Festhalle has made it a popular park for community events. During Christmas, it is the centerpiece of the city’s holiday festivities with the highly anticipated annual tree lighting. It also hosts numerous other growing events including Oktoberfest, the Strawberry Festival, 2nd Fridays and Relay For Life.
“These new upgrades will help improve the layout and heavy foot traffic within the park during events,” said Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Executive Director Nathan Anderson. “Cullman events in Depot Park draw hundreds of thousands to Cullman and have a tremendous impact on our community.”
Anderson said that this will also better support local businesses when events occur at the park, keeping their parking and storefronts more accessible during festival setups. It will also provide the opportunity to host more vendors at events, as the park is limited in power and water supply in its current state.
“Citizens, as well as visitors to our city, will have the opportunity to enjoy the park even more with better ADA compliance assets that will be added,” said Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs. “This will also allow our city to expand events comfortably and efficiently.”
The new design also includes sidewalk improvements that will support easier access and traffic flow during crowded events. This will provide improved pathways for heavy equipment when involved.
The City will be relocating the Depot Park fountain to the historic pocket park next to Cullman’s oldest cottage, Weiss Cottage, and Richter Chapel, the iconic charming chapel located at 401 First Ave. SW.
Renderings of the new Depot Park design will be available soon.