BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Rachel stopped by a local water park that’s positioned along the countryside, just an hour away from Birmingham.
Spring Valley Beach is located in Blountsville, Alabama. The park is quite the experience as it sits uniquely between a cow pasture and cotton field. Once you start to notice the colorful slides as you make your way down the back roads, you’ve made it!
The Gilliland family has owned Spring Valley Beach for 45 years. During that time, the park has been passed down to the original owner’s son, Travis GNow passed down to the initial owner’s son, Travis Gilliland who says the park means everything to him.
“Growing up here and spending my childhood here, and all my friends kind of hung out here,” Gilliland said. “You think back on it. It means more to you, in a different way, than it did then.”
Other people we met enjoying the day said they too had been coming here their whole life. It’s a family atmosphere with a few perks you don’t get at most water parks. It is free to bring in a cooler, picnic lunch, pop up tents, and even back your car up to one side of the pool area.
The park is fun for people of all ages! There are quite a few exhilarating rides. The “360 Rush” has a false flour inside a launching tube that shoots you down 60 feet in about three seconds! Children can alos play in the kid’s area of the park.
Sonia Montana is a grandmom who enjoys bringing the little ones to the park.
“It’s great because of the little small area for them to play, and it’s not over their heads,” Montana said. “They are learning to swim, but not quite ready for the rides yet. They’re just enjoying the sun and the fun and time with their momma and nana!”
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