Visiting Spring Park in Tuscumbia, AL
Spring Park Facts
1. This historic park was first opened in 1820.
2. Spring Park was the site for President Carter's election campaign in 1980.
3. Spring Park has the largest man-made stone waterfall.
4. The man-made lighted waterfall is made of over 2,00 tons of sandstone.
5. Spring Park has a fountain with 51 jets and the center jet shoots water 125 feet in the air.
6. The Helen Keller Festival is held here every year.
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A Family Park
Spring Park is truly a family park because, it has something for everyone. Besides the beautiful waterfall, they have many other activities including: year around trout fishing.
Carved into the tree is a statue of Chief Tuscumbia, who the city is named after. It is highly detailed and taking pictures and videos is not only recommended but, it is encouraged.
Next to the carved tree with Chief Tuscumbia, there is a petrified Conifer tree that is between 85-90 million years old. It has never been altered and it is well preserved.
Also, you will find a statue that depicts The Indians being forced from their homes. It is called Sacred Tears, The Exit To The West. A local girl was the model for this statue. This statue is located near the man-made waterfall. It is huge and can be seen from a distance.
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Every Friday is considered "children's day" and activities are help at The Children's Museum in Florence, AL.
Every July The Helen Keller Festival has it's arts and crafts show here and The Helen Keller Home has the play The Miracle Worker located only a few blocks from the park. Also, if you have never been on a tour of this historic home, it is a great place to visit.
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My Experiences at Spring Park
I can remember visiting this park with my mom and my brother. We would take bread and feed the ducks and my mom would pack a picnic lunch or grab a bucket of chicken for our meal. There's lots of picnic tables in various places around the park. Some are shaded and some are not and then there's the big two story pavilion in the center of the park. It was always cool in there. The breezes just seemed to flow through the arched doorways of the building and it would make for a nice place to eat.
We would eat first which was hard to do knowing that you could be swinging or going down the slide. We would also like to walk to the water wheel that is beside the bridge when you first come into the park. That waterwheel has been there for at least thirty plus years but, for sure, as long as I can remember. I can also remember walking along the stream away from the pond just to get to the swinging bridge. This just lead to a large field where people would park when there's a concert at the park or in July for The Helen Keller Festival.
This is truly a park for the family. Now, the park has built up so much. Someone saw it's true potential and added a train that circles the park, there's a large man-made waterfall, and the road that used to circle the park has been closed about 1/2 of the way so that you can walk to the waterfall. There's also a merry-go-round and a roller coaster for the children. This park has really built up from the days of the see-saw, slides, swings and the small metal merry-go-round. I used to love riding this, the faster the better. I always worried about getting my leg stuck underneath but, it didn't keep me from getting on it.
There are concerts held here as well as The Helen Keller Festival Arts and Crafts Show. The different vendors set up around the park from everything to homemade crafts to different food items. The Helen Keller Home is only a few blocks away from the park and tours are given daily.
This is a great place to take your family and spend some time together at the park. I hope that you will take the time to visit this park soon.
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