Updated: Sep 9, 2021
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Welcome to Kenning Park
Kenning Park is located in the southeast portion of the city adjacent to Lincoln Road. The site is the primary recreation complex in the community and is home to the Ice Sports Arena. Outdoor facilities at Kenning Park include three Little League baseball diamonds and one softball diamond, four tennis courts, open space and playground equipment with an ADA accessible path leading from the parking area to the playground. In 2004, a skate park was installed on the east side of the arena. The skate park was designed by skaters. The city has also negotiated a long-term lease for the Racquet Club at Kenning Park. The contractor provides two tennis bubbles which cover six courts during the winter months. These bubbles meet the demand for year-round tennis opportunities for area residents. Inside the racquet club are locker rooms, a pro shop, and children’s nursery. Adult and junior lessons, tennis leagues, club mixers, and court time for individual play are part of the 32-week indoor season. Birmingham residents pay a reduced membership fee.
During the later part of 2013 and during 2014, the City and community held several public meetings to develop a concept master plan for Kenning Park. Phase 1 included the re-construction of the parking lot, which concluded during November 2014. Follow the link to download the Kenning Park Master Plan. The Kenning Park Ball Field Redevelopment Project, described below was completed in 2020.
Kenning Park Ball Field Redevelopment Project Overview
- Complete reconstruction and reorientation of two fields;
- Improved field drainage and expansion of existing storm water system;
- New infield surfacing and irrigated turf;
- New fencing, safety netting, and scoreboards;
- New players' benches and bleachers;
- New concrete walkways;
- New trees
The Kenning Park ball fields project was a partnership between the City and Birmingham Little League (BLL) which has used the facilities at Kenning Park since 1947.
DEVELOPMENT PROJECT TIMELINE:
PROJECT COMPLETE! OCTOBER 2020
MAY 26, 2020-
Sod has been installed in the infields of the Kenning Park ball fields.
MAY 13, 2020-
WCI resumed work at the Kenning Park ball fields on May 1, 2020. Fields have been re-graded and are ready for sod. During the week of May 4th, scoreboards were installed. This week they are working with starting up the irrigation system so it is ready for the fields.
Sod installation is slated for next week. We expect it will take 3-4 days for the installation. Once sod is complete, we will close the fence, remove the access from the parking lot, install the trees and perform the final clean-up and site restoration. This will be done during the sod establishment period from May 21 through June 5, weather permitting.
Backstop fencing is finished on both fields. South field update: infield mix, base installation, and finalizing fine grading work. Irrigation work has been completed. North field update: continuing fine grading work, infield mix and base installation; irrigation installation to follow.
October 3, 2019 -
Work planned for the week of October 7th includes: installation and rough grading of topsoil and athletic mix at the southernmost ball field. Irrigation work will continue in the outfield at the southern field as well.
September 18, 2019 -
Final grading of both fields continues this week. Site electrical work is now complete. Staking of tree locations with possible tree planting will occur later this week or early next week. Fence fabric will be installed next week.
September 5, 2019 -
Work on the Kenning Park Ball Field project includes finalizing topsoil, infield mix and irrigation installation for both fields. Fence post installation is ongoing this week. Concrete work began September 4, with anticipated concrete pouring Friday through Saturday, depending on the weather.
August 22, 2019 -
Progress on the Kenning Park Ball Field continues with the installation of underground site utilities. Next week, we look forward to the fence posts installation. Once that is done, work on the ballfield will commence. If the weather cooperates, a major milestone will also be reached next week with the beginning of the concrete work.
The below picture shows some of the underground structures to be installed.
August 9, 2019 -
This week progress continues with the addition of more fill materials and finalizing sub-grade areas. A rough layout of the walkway areas are being prepared. Some additional site utility installation work will occur next week along with more rough grading material to establish remaining sub-grade areas.
July 25, 2019 -
This week's work entails the continuation of site utility work, and installation of the drainage system for the fields.
July 16, 2019 -
The work at Kenning Park is continuing on schedule. The remainder of this month includes importing of material and grading of the fields and site utilities as part of the entire project scope. Other updates will be provided as necessary or as work activity warrants.
July 9, 2019 -
This week includes the continuation of earthwork, trucking materials in and out of the park and utility work is expected to begin shortly. The Skate Park is open accordingly, based on trucking activity in the parking lot.
Keep an eye on this page for another update on the project status early next week.July 3, 2019 -
Revised Project Update due to Inclement Weather:
There will be ongoing earthwork at the two ball fields over the next few weeks. The east end of the Kenning Park parking lot surrounding the Skate Park will be closed beginning Monday, July 8th through Wednesday, July 10th for trucking activity of ground material in and out of the park. The Skate Park will also be closed. Access to the Birmingham Ice Arena/Recreation Office and the Birmingham Racquet Club will remain open.