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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A park planned for downtown Huntsville has area businesses poised for even more foot traffic and increased sales.

The city of Huntsville is working on a $1.5 million project to create a park near Cleveland Avenue and Meridian Street.

"They've put a bridge in already, they've put all sorts of rocks in the creek and sort of shoring it up," explains Monique Given.
"I guess the intention is that it's a good walking segue to go from downtown to connect the different areas of Huntsville that are worth seeing."
And according to Given - there's plenty. The owner of The Switch House just outside A.M. Booth's Lumber Yard on Cleveland Avenue spends her days purveying locally made and sourced goodies.
"Which is extremely important people of Huntsville: shop local. support your local artists and vendors," Given reminds.
And there's actually much planned by many of the restaurants and businesses close by.
The Lumber Yard, usually reserved as a private venue for events, will be open to the public on Wednesday nights through the summer months featuring jazz and food trucks.
On Monday nights Sandwich Farm has started grilling fresh steaks and local produce with a backdrop of live music.
The Switch House on Cleveland Ave. (Photo: David Wood, WHNT)

The Switch House on Cleveland Ave. (Photo: David Wood, WHNT)

The Switch House is planning some great events for a weekend near you. Starting this Sunday from noon until 4p. m. The Switch House will be hosting 'Meet the Artist' Sundays.

Business owners know 'if you build it they will come.' So they're optimistic when the walkable park finally comes to fruition - "Hopefully people, with this new park, will walk on over here too," Given smiles.
The park is expected to be completed late this year.


1 Comment

  • Tommythunderball

    The Cleveland Street looks like a wasteland now. Is the city going to plant and nurture large shade trees and plan for the future? We keep hearing that city leaders want a “tree canopy” downtown but dogwoods and crepe myrtles will never provide the shade and beauty that oaks, maples and hickory trees offer.

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