City reveals planned Depot Park transformation


CULLMAN, Ala. – Back in May, the City of Cullman announced it would be making improvements to Depot Park, including changes to the park’s infrastructure. On Tuesday, June 13, renderings showing what the park will look like in the future were released.

These improvements will establish a foundation for park enrichment, benefiting the community for years to come,” said a media release from Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism (CPRST), which said upgrades will include “a significant expansion of sidewalks, ample seating areas, and serene multi-use spaces that are designed for both relaxation and large-scale events. With these additions, Depot Park is poised to transform into a welcoming and accessible environment for all.”

Preparations are already underway to ensure supplementary water and power infrastructure at the park. “This vital step must be successfully completed before initiating the subsequent stage of the project,” said the release.

“These new upgrades will help improve the layout and heavy foot traffic within the park during events,” CPRST Executive Director Nathan Anderson said back in May. “Cullman events in Depot Park draw hundreds of thousands to Cullman and have a tremendous impact on our community.”

At that time, Anderson also said the improvements will better support local businesses when events occur at the park, keeping their parking and storefronts more accessible during festival setups, and provide the opportunity to host more vendors at events, as the park is limited in power and water supply in its current state.

ADA-compliant assets, including sidewalk improvements, are also a focus of the transformation, as are improved pathways for heavy equipment.

“The City of Cullman is thrilled to embark on this venture for Depot Park, a project aimed at enriching the park’s aesthetics and establishing a dynamic space for the entire community to relish. Stay tuned for further updates as the vision for Depot Park becomes a remarkable reality,” concluded the June release.

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, located at 401 First Ave. SE.