Redstone celebrates North Huntsville Library opening

April 7, 2021 Redstone Federal Credit Union celebrated with community leaders and the City of Huntsville in the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the North Huntsville Library and recreation facilities.

Mayor Tommy Battle and District 1 Council Member Devyn Keith hosted the ribbon-cutting to open the Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center, an eleven-acre campus featuring the new North Huntsville Library and recreation facilities. The $11 million project was funded by the City of Huntsville and donations from private and government partners.

Redstone donated $2.5 million to the Huntsville Library Foundation to help build the North Huntsville, South Huntsville and Madison libraries.

Dave Hargrove, chair of Redstone’s board of directors, praised the collaboration between corporations, individuals, and governments to bring the center to life.

“We believe that libraries encourage the adoption of technology and life-long learning and they can reach individuals and families across the economic and age spectrum,’’ said Hargrove at the ribbon-cutting.

The Shurney Legacy Center is built on the site of the former Berachah Academy and the adjacent – and outdated – Bessie K. Russell Library branch. In its place now stands a 19,000-square-foot library designed to meet the information-seeking needs of residents.

“Libraries are places where people come to feel connected to their community,” said Cindy Hewitt, Interim Executive Director of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. “The North Huntsville Public Library will serve as a community hub with two meeting rooms, multiple study areas and a children’s program space. It will also feature some of the latest technologies such as a workforce development lab, a makerspace with a 3D printer and an automated sorting machine. We are very excited to bring this state-of-the-art library to our community."

Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department can’t wait for patrons to try out the new pickleball courts, walking trails, multipurpose fields and children’s play areas with pavilions. The on-site gymnasium has also received a facelift and is ready for play.

“We are so glad to be investing in such a worthy project for our community,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “Transforming this site and creating live, learn and play facilities are among the best ways we enhance quality of life.”