Barnum Park & Ice Rink
Barnum Park is located at Pierce and Frank and includes such features as a play structure, softball, soccer fields, a crushed stone walking path, garden sanctuary, tree-lined promenade and an outdoor ice rink. During the winter months, find out if the outdoor ice rink is open by calling the Department of Public Services at 248-530-1700. Learn more by viewing the outdoor ice rink rules.
Free Little Library at Barnum Park
Kids of all ages have to go no farther than Barnum Park to enjoy Birmingham’s first “Little Free Library” housed inside a brightly painted owl figure perched in a tree on the southeast corner of Barnum Park from April through November. So what exactly is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, leave a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Enjoy!
Name the ‘Little Free Library’ in Barnum Park
The City invites Birmingham residents and students in the Birmingham School District to enter a contest to name Barnum Park's Little Free library, which is shaped like an owl. Barnum Park’s owl flew away for the winter but shall return to its perch located in the sanctuary of the park near the south east corner this spring. Download the contest rules and entry form here. All entries must be received between February 27 and March 27, 2017. Three finalists and the contest winner will be selected by the City of Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board. The new name and contest winner will be announced at the Tuesday, April 11 Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The contest winner’s name will be placed on a plaque that will be installed on the Free Little Library. Good luck and have a hoot!
Barnum Park History
Park Construction Phase 1 occurred during 2009 for a total cost of $832,000 paid by Parks and Recreation bond. A variety of new trees have been installed in various locations throughout the park. Future improvements may include enhancing various natural areas which will include adding native grasses and perennials to establish native prairie gardens. Phase 2 design work and improvements are underway and include four features. These features are the sanctuary, heart of the park, play area and overall landscape improvements. Funding for additional improvements will primarily be from donation dollars.
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