Contract for new Legacy Park in northwest Huntsville approved – Here’s what’s up

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A contract for Legacy Park next to the new Johnson Legacy Center on Cecil Fain Drive received approval last week. (City of Huntsville)

Plans for the new urban park next to the Johnson Legacy Center took a major step forward last week as the contruction contract for Legacy Park was approved by the Huntsville City Council.

During its regular meeting Thursday night, the Huntsville City Council approved a $4.6 million construction services contract with Consolidated Construction Company to build Legacy Park near the new Johnson Legacy Center on Cecil Fain Drive on the old J.O. Johnson High School property.

What to know about Legacy Park

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The City is moving forward with plans to build a recreational space the community can enjoy for generations to come. (City of Huntsville)

According to a statement by the city, the JLC, a membership-based City recreation center, will complement the planned Legacy Park, which will also be within walking distance of a variety of new single-family homes.

Designed by Bostick Landscape Architects, Legacy Park will include the following:

  • New hardscapes and sidewalks
  • Landscaping and irrigation
  • Two pavilions
  • One entertainment pavilion with terraced seating for up to 200 people
  • Plaza with monument sign
  • 132-space parking lot
  • Modern playground

“Combined with the success of the JLC and other new residences and amenities popping up in the area, Legacy Park will provide a wonderful space that citizens of all ages can take pride in.”

Huntsville Parks & Recreation Director James Gossett

Other features of the park

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The JLC, a membership-based City recreation center, will complement the planned Legacy Park. (City of Huntsville)

The park will also feature a concrete pad for a future National Fitness Campaign (NFC) Fitness Court installation. NFC’s Fitness Court is an innovative outdoor bodyweight circuit training center created to improve quality of life in cities, schools, parks and trails across America.

Designed for adults of all ages and abilities, each Fitness Court provides a free full body workout in just seven minutes. Users will be able to rotate through all seven Fitness Court zones, leveraging their bodyweight at different angles and levels of resistance to improve performance over time.

The installation is a collaboration between NFC, the City of Huntsville and Arts Huntsville. Local artists will have a chance to compete for space on the structure through the Huntsville Public Art Program. Work will begin at Legacy Park on Pueblo Drive within 10 calendar days of the issuance of notice to proceed and take no longer than 270 days to complete.

District 1 City Council Member Devyn Keith will host a community meeting for the Jaguar Hills and surrounding area to discuss final plans for Legacy Park on Tuesday, June 7, at 5:30PM at the JLC, 6000 Cecil Fain Drive.

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Michael Seale
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