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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.

Barnum Park Prescribed Ecological Burn
The Department of Public Services will conduct a prescribed ecological burn on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Barnum Park, in the native prairie no-mow areas. This burn will be safe and carefully controlled by trained personnel. The company that has been contracted to conduct this burn is David Borneman LLC.  David has over 28 years of professional experience conducting prescribed, ecological burns. 

“Why Burn?”  Fire was a regular and frequent component of our landscape here in southern Michigan. Many of our local ecosystems such as prairies, dry oak-hickory woodlands, and certain wetlands burned frequently.  The fire stimulated many of the plant species to grow more vigorously and discouraged others who were not adapted to the heat from the fire. Today, many non-native plant species have invaded our natural fire-adapted ecosystems, decreasing the diversity of native plants and animals. By bringing fire back to these sites we encourage the competitive advantage that native species have evolved with and restore the site to its former ecological health.

The prescribed burn is safe and has the approval of the local fire department, which has issued a permit for this burn to be conducted. The burn will be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the amount of smoke produced and to direct any smoke away from smoke-sensitive areas as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Department of Public Services at 248-530-1700.   

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!

Barnum Park History
The Community for Barnum Park, a volunteer group comprised of local residents, beginning in 2007 started fund raising efforts to  capture donation dollars for additional improvements/enhancements at Barnum Park.  To date, the donations to the City of Birmingham are an amazing amount of around $177,000.

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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