Fultondale’s biggest playground for children and adults alike has recently received major renovations. City officials are thrilled that hundreds of people are taking advantage of Black Creek Park.
“We have absolutely refurbished the whole park,” said Fultondale Park and Recreation Director Phillip Loden.
Crews started off by upgrading the large pavilion and the Leon Russel music stage, including new paint and vinyl siding.
“We made them practically brand new,” Loden said.
Workers also cleaned up and painted all of the playground equipment, and resurfaced the walking track with gravel.
Loden is particularly excited that the city is working to expand the walking track along a former railroad bed. Workers have put gravel farther along the railroad bed; the refurbished track now goes from the senior center to Interstate 65.
Loden and Mayor Jim Lowery said the goal is to extend the trail to Shady Grove Road, which will make it four miles long.
One of the park’s biggest additions is a new concession stand that includes two large restrooms and storage and office space upstairs. All of the concession equipment is new and state-of-the-art, according to Loden.
The city contracts with an outside company to manage and operate the concession stand, receiving a fee in return.
The concession stand is across the parking lot from the Fultondale Senior Center, and matches the red brick building.
Black Creek Park also has two updated ballfields boasting new red brick dugouts and new fences, lighting, and seating. There are also two hitting cages between the two ball fields.
The park has been getting plenty of use, as summer softball leagues have ended and fall leagues for men, women and co-ed teams are kicking off.
The nearby Children’s Park, which can be reached from Black Creek Park by a walking trail that crosses Stouts Road, has also received some attention.