Rocket park at the us Space and rocket center

Rocket Park stands as the latest addition to the renowned U.S. Space and Rocket Center Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, offering an expansive outdoor extension.

Originally established in the late 1970s, the outdoor park served as a repository for “original” rocket artifacts, providing a visual narrative of the historical evolution of rocket and space development in the United States. The park, characterized by an asphalt walkway and sloping grass mounds, however, lacked designated seating or gathering areas conducive to educational activities. Following a substantial and generous donation, a comprehensive refurbishment initiative spanning five years was undertaken to meticulously restore the rockets. Simultaneously, it was recognized that the overall park experience required a visionary reimagination.

Category
Museum/Monument

Project Location
Huntsville, AL

Consultants
SSOE Group
Schoel Engineering
PRM Engineering

General Contractor
M&M Enterprises

The redesigned park introduces a dynamic layout that seamlessly integrates with the natural topography around the rockets, offering strategically placed seating areas conducive to educational sessions. A focal point of this transformation is the establishment of an outdoor amphitheater classroom situated amidst the Rocket Park displays, offering a centralized vantage point to view all rocket exhibits. This purposeful design not only enhances the educational experience for Space Camp but also serves as a versatile outdoor event space for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, enriching the overall visitor experience.