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Connect Big Spring Park to Post Office, Marriot

The Big Spring Park walkway ends at an ugly mess. The railroad trestle is probably problematic regarding extending the walkway, but the usability for downtown residents and visitors would be enhanced if connections were made to the post office and Spring Hill Suites.

Submitted by ncastle 6 months ago

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  1. I think this is a great idea. It's a natural extension of the downtown park system. Add a biking/walking greenway next to the creek and extend this linear park under Memorial Parkway to Lowe Mill. This extension will connect several neighborhoods to our downtown by bike.

    6 months ago
    1. ncastle Idea Submitter

      We've talked about extending the walkway into a greenway before, and I think most people like the idea. (Although concerns have been raised about connecting less savory parts of town to downtown.) This weekend I was noting how lovely and graceful the connection to Embassy Suites is, and thinking it would improve our attraction as a convention location if the Marriott also had an easily walkable connection. Also, a walkway behind the von Braun center connecting to Clinton's sidewalk would be an easy way to add access to the Post Office.

      6 months ago
    2. Doing a community sponsored and publicly engaging art project on the sub station would add to the "coolness" and place fostering image of Huntsville, tie in the Library and work with the "current" residents and residential community on the other side of the memorial (what we call the projects) and include all in the design on this part of town to show the world "we are the New South."

      6 months ago
  2. Moderator

    Yes, yes and yes. Fortunately, y'all aren't the only folks talking about this. The more interest we have, the more traction it will get. Love the idea, esp. as part of a broader network of greenway/bike/ped connectivity.

    6 months ago
  3. See if the Spring Hill suites will chip in for the cost. Seems like it would enhance their property.

    6 months ago
  4. Spring Hill Suites can only benefit from this! Now that Holiday Inn is closed, Spring Hill is the second closest hotel to VBC and they barely get any action! I strongly endorse this idea. I walk to the Rotary circle and fountain pictured above every day with my mom. We both would love to see an extension to the post office and the other hotel! VBC visitors having a post office in easy walking access is brilliant.

    6 months ago
  5. I've always wondered why there isn't a pedestrian bridge over Heart of Huntsville (or at least some sort of attractive sidewalk & pedestrian crossing), connecting the guests of the Springhill directly to downtown. Wouldn't it be great to encourage them to spend money dining & shopping downtown??

    6 months ago

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