CULPEPPER PARK Small Cullman Parks Getting BIG Upgrades

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CULPEPPER PARK Small Cullman Parks Getting BIG Upgrades

The venerable Culpepper Park, hidden in an older housing addition on Cullman’s northwest side, is tucked away at the corner of Primrose Drive NW and Tanner Drive NW.

Unless you are neighbor living in the area, chances are good you’ve never been to the Culpepper Park, or perhaps ever heard of it.

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Late Friday, city dignitaries including Mayor Woody Jacobs and members of the Cullman City Council, Cullman Park and Recreation Board members, and key park staff were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly and impressively revamped Culpepper Park.

The gathering spotlighted a $70,000 refurbishment to the park.

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Cullman Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Anderson is the lead mastermind behind the restoration project at Culpepper and the city’s other smaller parks::

“We did a comprehensive study a couple of years ago. I knew our smaller parks needed attention to bring them fully into the 21st century. We assessed the needs represented in our smaller parks. The Culpepper playground ended up high on our priority list.

 

Carrol Acres Park is next on our list with a grand re-opening occurring towards the first of April. And the new all-needs playground at Ingle Park should be ready before July 1st.”

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The European-based company KOMPAN provided Culpepper Park’s new playground equipment. The new gear includes swings, see-saws, and a complex of organic, Robina-styled playground apparatus.

Luci Ray, a representative from Kompan (the Danish firm who designed, built, and installed all the new park features), was on hand to document the event and answer questions on the elements themselves:

“KOMPAN offers both timeless classics, and out of this world innovation, so people can choose a unique solution (big or small) that will keep kids of all ages and abilities occupied, excited, and stimulated.

 

Our products have a lifetime warranty on many of the structural elements. The City of Cullman’s investment here is built to last. We have over 40 years experience delivering fun and engaging playgrounds.

 

We are thrilled to be a part of the Culpepper Park restoration!”

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KOMPAN utilized their unique, organic Robinia playground design at Culpepper Park.

The incredibly sturdy, hand-shaved wooden structural elements blend naturally with the old-grown, tall pines surrounding the playground area at the park.

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Simultaneously to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, around four dozen Cullman youngsters broke in the new playground equipment while enjoying free hot dogs and drinks.

The hot dog cookout portion of the event encouraged families to play on the brand new playground equipment and take advantage of free hot dogs and drinks.

Park Board Chair, Rusty Turner, was the grillmaster for this event:

“What a great day for this old neighborhood park. Parents and their children from all around Cullman now have a playground experience that is second to none.”

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Parks and recreation staff also held games, relays, and fun activities such as blowing bubbles.

Director of Marketing, Programs, & Events, Waid Harbison, discussed the park safety inspection he conducted on Tuesday:

“We had all the park features in place on Tuesday. It seemed important to conduct a quality control test of all the new playground features. I spent about an hour swinging, sliding, see-sawing, and climbing all the ropes. Somebody had to do. I am happy to report everything checked out as safe and secure.”

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Towards the conclusion of the gathering, City Council Member Andy Page offered sage wisdom about the success of this project, and Cullman Park and Recreation’s recent statewide recognition:

“Tim, the reason we have the best park system in the State of Alabama is pretty simple. It is teamwork. From the Mayor’s Office through the City Council to the Park Board to every staff member in the parks department, we are all on the same page. We share a commitment to be the best; we act as one for the better of the parks system in Cullman.

 

This renovation at Culpepper Park is just one of many examples of this commitment and teamwork. We are all very proud to serve the residents of Cullman in this way … they are the real star players on this team!”

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You can view the ribbon-cutting ceremony itself and the accompanying dedication speech by Nathan Anderson here:

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Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.