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Caroling, singalong, puppet show highlight playground ribbon-cutting

HUNTSVILLE – Santa and Mrs. Claus not only made an appearance but also joined in on the fun as the ribbon was cut during a ceremony marking the opening of the playground at the Sandra Moon Community Complex in south Huntsville.

Mayor Tommy Battle joined other city leaders at the lively event, which featured caroling led by children and Santa.

“Just in time for the holidays, we are delighted to present this amazing playground to the children of Huntsville,” Battle said. “We hope it will bring joy and inspire imagination for many years to come.”

The 18,000-square-foot playground features artificial turf and rubber safety surfacing to create a vibrant and secure environment for children to explore. Among the features of the playground are a rocket ship, climbing and play structures, slides, swings, a merry-go-round and a sensory wave arch for children.

Meanwhile, adults will find ample benches and sunshade, along with plenty of convenient parking. The park is fully fenced, ADA accessible and is one of many recreational activities available at the complex.

“This ADA-accessible playground is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that every member of our community, regardless of ability, can partake in the simple joys of play,” said James Gossett, director of the City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department.

Following the ribbon-cutting, Santa led children into the new park to try out what he hailed the “best Christmas gift ever!”

“The most wonderful Christmas gift is seeing a community come together to support our quality-of-life programs and amenities for our families,” said District 3 City Councilmember Dr. Jennie Robinson. “When complete, the Sandra Moon Community Complex will be a destination for learning, the arts, recreation and play.

“The best is yet to come.”

The $740,000 playground is included in Phase 3 of the city’s master renovation plan for the complex, which sits on the grounds of the former Grissom High School. The price tag includes a $180,00 donation by Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick.

Before the grand opening, the South Huntsville Public Library at the complex hosted “March to the Playground,” a singalong and puppet show with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The children and attendees marched and caroled to the new playground to celebrate their new gift.

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