Why walk around Big Springs park when you can paddle? Have a fleet of paddle boats! Take a leisure paddle from the Huntsville Museum to VBC or Embassy Suites Hotel. Great fun for families, romantic for couples. Awesome way to get a little cardio workout too.
City-Wide Park Improvements
I find it odd that I have to drive to a green way to jog or ride my bike. Then I notice user maintained greenspace very close to city maintained green ways (aldrige creek greenway and the greenspace behind Hillwood subdivisions are .25 apart). I'm sure there are other instances of this. Let's encourage people to use the city-wide green ways by actually making efforts to connect them to neighborhoods. Why not build ...more »
Encourage shops and cafes along the more popular Greenways. This should have a self-feeding effect. People will visit the greenway and end up at a cafe or vendor and vice versa.
A start would be to zone the right areas along greenways for business.
Lowe Mill on Friday nights is amazing. But parking is awful. The city should stripe some bike lanes and prioritize access to Lowe Mill by bike. Folks going to Lowe Mill are the type that will love bike priority too. Lowe Mill on is excellent city resource and might be a future centerpiece for the cities new Entertainment District.
Fill in the upper lagoon of Braham Springs since it is pretty nasty looking anyway with all those old building foundations in the water etc. Overall that area looks pretty bad. If you filled it in, you could put in a waterpark with water slides and other water themed typed things ie Large Lazy river that would circle the entire park not unlike they do at Disney at Typhon Lagoon. There could be a zero entrance pool, not ...more »
Tear down the Courthuse! It's ugly, too big for the Square, and the reason the Square struggles.
When I was growing up in Huntsville in the late 70's-mid 80's Parks and Playgrounds would send out a games trailer to neighborhoods during the summer. They would park it at a dead end street or at a city park and staff it so kids could come and play games etc. They would have contests, you could win T-shirts etc. It was a community engagement thing. We didn't have a local park near my house so it was great for the kids. ...more »
Lazy tube rides, sprinklers for kids to play in. Concession stands.
One that would compete with San Antonio......and yes, it can be done. It would connect with Big Sprink Park obviously, and the VBC could build an addition alongside it. Restaurants and shops would line it, along with hotels. The entertainment district would be connected to it, along with the future downtown baseball stadium. It would act as the central corridor for pedestrians in the downtown. Imagine
This will create more friendly community around the square.
I was walking down the Aldridge Creek Greenway today and was thinking how nice it would be to have some type of festival or community event along the greenway. Certain areas of the Green Way could be designated for this. There could be art festivals with booths lining the greenway on the sides. There could be community involvement events where local groups could set up booths to display what they have to offer people ...more »
The Great John Hunt Cook-Off - More Than Just a Whistle Stop! Because of the popularity of the annual Bar-B-Que contest and since this event must surely bring in additional city revenues – it seems it could be an even bigger, more secure and much more easily accessed if it were held at the new and much larger venue of the famous John Hunt Park. It would be easier parking, more space for competitors, and entertainers. ...more »
I would love to see wildflowers planted & maintained along the main corridors in and out of Huntsville that now are just mowed. Probably some of that is state responsibility not city but just think how pretty it would be to have Flowers blooming along the streets and in the medians. The city could save time & money each season by not having to mow during the summer/early fall months.
I ride bikes on Aldridge Creek and Indian Creek Greenways a lot. I'm constantly frustrated by the walkers who insist on walking in the bike lane. These are nice people and I'm sure they are frustrated by the narrow space provided by the walkers. Here's my compromise. Move the white strip to the center of the paved lane. Walk and Ride on the right. Pass on the left. Bikes should yield to pedestrians. When ...more »
There are no greenways on the current plan heading east/west within the city. If we are thinking to the future we need to connect Research Park to the rest of the city via bike paths / greenways. The reduction in commuter traffic would be worth it alone. Would really love to see something connecting Downtown to Indian Creek.