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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The City of Huntsville announced plans for a big upgrade to the Dr. Richard Showers Recreation Center. The city will spend $1.2 million to improve locker rooms and restrooms along with funds for new windows, paint and lighting. One upgrade that will be a great addition for families, a new outdoor Splash Pad.

“We’ve got over 230,000 people that come through this facility annually,” Huntsville City Councilmen District 1, Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. “In fact this is one of the most used facilities in Huntsville.”

The new Splash Pad will have a Bulldog theme, which is in support of nearby Alabama A&M. City leaders anticipate the Splash Pad will be open by June. That is also when other renovations to the center are expected to be complete.

” It gives the citizens in this community, in north Huntsville, more opportunity to have a quality of life that ordinarily they wouldn’t have,” said Showers.

Upgrades to the facility are expected to be completed by Memorial Day.

“This is one of the most popular recreation centers in Huntsville and being well used and well-loved means we need to stay on top of updates and improvements to the facility,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “This project will make a big difference in the look and feel of the Showers Center.”