Sharon Johnston Park is a 250 acre park located in New Market, Al, in the northeast corner of Madison County. The Madison County Commission along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources entered into an agreement to dedicate Sharon Johnston Memorial Park on June 4, 1979. The park was named for Sharon Johnston whose family owned the land. At the age of 31, Sharon Johnston died in a plane crash at a stunt show. While performing, her plane hit some turbulent winds and her plane crashed. The park has a 12 acre fishing lake, campground, olympic size pool, picnic and group shelters. The district does not have a community playground for children, and the play area at Sharon Johnston Park has antiquated equipment. The playground is not large enough to support the growing community. Parents, grandparents, out-of-towners visit the park each day. A new playground is at the top of all visitors "Wish List" for the park. A community-built playground project is in the works. Once our financial goal has been reached, the community will build a SAFE and USER-FRIENDLY playground for ALL the children of North Alabama.
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