I agree to Idea Remove/rework unsightly fencing in Big Spring Park
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Remove/rework unsightly fencing in Big Spring Park

Big Spring Park is a Huntsville gem, but the chain link fencing around the Huntsville Municipal Building is an eyesore. I'm not sure why it's there -- it can't be providing any real security -- but either it needs to go or a more permanent (and less ugly) solution installed.

Submitted by 9 months ago

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  1. Moderator

    It's not for security of the facility, per se, it's because the building has been "shedding" its marble panels for a few years and it's not safe to stand too close. But I concur with the base sentiment. It's unsightly and a solution needs to be engaged, for the sake of Big Spring Park East, at the very least.

    9 months ago
  2. I always thought it was to keep people off the property from the park and thought it was annoying, but if it's for safety reasons I can understand having a fence. Maybe a rock fence that fits the aesthetic better?

    8 months ago
  3. The taxpayer cost of replacing all the white marble siding on City Hall (because it would require total replacement, nothing else will fix the problem) is seen as a bit of a waste, but you're right, that chain link is ridiculous. A rock fence might encourage people to sit or climb on it, as people do with rock structures, and then they're in danger from falling marble again. There's no good answer here.

    8 months ago
  4. Moderator

    City Hall needs to be renovated or replaced, and from our most recent space and use assessments, it will be more cost-effective and efficient to rebuild. However, Huntsville hasn't had the money to move forward with this project. The recent economic downturn strained the City's finances, and the Mayor prioritized spending on public services and public safety over a new building. As our economy continues to rebound, we look forward to revisiting the City Hall project. It will be part of our master comprehensive planning conversation this year, along with some new ideas for Big Spring Park, which is also in need of a facelift.

    8 months ago
  5. I have always thought City hall should move across the street to the lot that is currently occupied by the parking garage. That is an entire City Block in size. A real nice facility could be constructed there with parking underneath and the old facility, jail and fire dept bldgs could be razed and made into sloped park space for Big Spring..

    8 months ago

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