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Big Spring Park

Big Spring Park, AL

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Big Spring International Park is located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The park is built around its namesake "Big Spring", the original water … See more

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Oct 1, 2022
Very lovely park right in the heart of downtown Huntsville. We went there twice on our 3 nights visit to Huntsville. Big lake with lots and lots of fish and ducks. Park was clean. There are plenty of… Full review by wande
Sep 5, 2022
We love this park so much. Only thing is they need restrooms. When we bring our grands someone always needs to potty and finding a restroom is very difficult. Full review by mollypM6361SL
Sep 4, 2022
Good for all ages to walk, feed the ducks and fish. Dogs have plenty of space also. Nice paved walkways and bridges. Full review by sargentmom

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Largest Limestone Spring in North Alabama
Big Spring International Park is located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The park is built around its namesake "Big Spring", the original water source that the city of Huntsville was built around. The park is also notable as the venue for the Panoply Arts Festival, held the last full weekend in April, and the Big Spring Jam, an annual music festival held on the fourth weekend in September from 1993 to 2011. Big Spring Park is named after a large, underground karst spring, referred to by the indigenous Cherokee and Chickasaw as "the big spring". Hearing of the abundant water source and plentiful big game, John Hunt, Huntsville's founder, sought out the spring and settled near it in 1805 on the bluff above, which later became the site of the First National Bank of Huntsville. Isaac and Joseph Criner had previously reached the Big Spring and considered settlement, but due to the presence of bears and mosquitoes left to settle New Market instead. During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, the spring was Huntsville's water source, due to its massive flow. The Big Spring is the largest limestone spring in North Alabama, with its usual flow between 7 and 20 million US gallons per day, depending on the time of the year. The original park site is situated in downtown Huntsville, starting from the west side of the courthouse square, and extending about two blocks southwest. This part of the park includes the spring itself and a canal extending to the rest of the park. The park expanded across Church Street to the space which now has the park's lagoon. In 2005, the park underwent additional expansion across Monroe Street to include a $284,000 fountain and a canal alongside the Von Braun Center.
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