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James C. Crawford Park undergoes facelift after two decades of service

HUNTSVILLE – Twenty years since its inception, Huntsville’s James C. Crawford Park is no worse for the wear. Especially not now that it has a fresh look following a four-month long renovation.

Huntsville city officials honored Crawford with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon to show off the new digs. Mayor Tommy Battle, Council Member Devyn Keith and Huntsville Parks and Recreation Director James Gossett were on hand to celebrate the occasion with the park’s namesake.

“This renovation represents a vital commitment to North Huntsville’s recreational opportunities,” Keith said. “Crawford Park has been a cornerstone of District 1 for two decades, hosting countless gatherings and recreational activities. I commend the city for recognizing the importance of preserving and improving quality of life in this community.”

The project included the demolition of the outdoor basketball court and the construction of a full-size regulation basketball court with two goals. Additionally, a 20-by-80-foot pavilion was installed, complete with picnic tables, lighting and electrical outlets. ADA-accessible hardscapes ensure visitors can enjoy the Melody Lane park’s amenities.

“Beyond the new features and amenities, this park is a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, a shared vision and some hard work by our own General Services, Landscape Management and Parks & Recreation employees,” Battle said. “It’s easy to see this as just a park, but it’s much more than that. It’s a symbol of our commitment to creating a vibrant, inclusive and thriving community for all.”

One of the most significant enhancements is the improved connectivity on the east side of Melody Lane, which now seamlessly integrates with the west side, where restrooms and playground equipment are located. To accommodate visitors, parking spaces have been added to the west side parking lot, enhancing accessibility and convenience.

“The renovation of James Crawford Park exemplifies our department’s mission to provide safe and accessible public parks for all city residents,” Gossett said. “We are proud to unveil these enhancements, which will enrich the lives of our community members for years to come.”

See a complete listing of city parks here.

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