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In November of 2020, the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Bond was approved by more than 70% of voters! Thank you for helping to ensure beautiful parks and superior recreation opportunities in our community. The Parks and Recreation Board and City staff will provide public engagement opportunities to plan and prepare for upcoming parks projects.  Keep an eye on this webpage for next steps and project updates!

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Engage Birmingham
Visit the City's public engagement platform, Engage Birmingham, at engage.bhamgov.org to share your ideas about upcoming Parks & Recreation Bond projects. Projects change regularly, so check back often!

Adams Park  
Trail Improvements  
Pickleball Courts  

Upcoming Meetings
Learn and ask questions about Parks and Recreation Bond projects at upcoming Parks & Recreation Board meetings.  Learn how to participate in upcoming meetings at www.bhamgov.org/participate
Upcoming Projects
Adams Park

We are thrilled to invite you to visit Adams Park, now open for play! The brand new park boasts a significant play area, a garden seating plaza, beautiful landscaping improvements with many new trees, an open grassy area for field sports, a basketball court, shot put, discus, and a long jump area. Site furnishings (benches, tables, chairs, litter and recycling receptacles) and finishing touches on fencing and the rain garden are coming soon. Virtually tour the new park at www.bhamgov.org/adamsparktour.

The Adams Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 10 a.m. Attendees will enjoy donuts and hot cider. Following a brief ceremony, the community is encouraged to explore the park and enjoy the new play equipment. We are very excited for everyone to experience the brand new Adams Park!

For more project details including project photos, visit engage.bhamgov.org

Adams Park Rendering small

Announcing the 2021 Adams Park Concept Plan and 2022 Park Plan!  Michael J Dul & Associates together and in cooperation with City Staff, surrounding Neighborhood Association's, and Roeper School, revisited the 2016 plan and updated it with some modifications.  Enhancements to Adams Park will include a significant play area, a garden seating plaza, beautiful landscaping improvements with lots of new trees, an open grassy area large enough for a soccer field, a basketball court, shot put, discus, and a long jump area.  Significant community wide public engagement was received on Engage Birmingham. 
Adams Park - Concept Plan 8-30-21

The City Commission accepted this concept plan at the November 8, 2021 City Commission meeting, and approved moving forward with final plans and development drawings.   

Michael J Dul & Associates fine-tuned the 2021 Concept Plan based upon all public input received and taking into account defined criteria for this neighborhood park, leading to the 2022 Park Plan (below).
Adams Park Plan (02-21-2022)


Trail Improvements
Improving the City's trail system is an important Parks & Recreation bond project. A consultant (MCSA Group, Inc. (MCSA)) has designed the following potential trail improvements:
  • Addition of trail entry identifiers
  • Improvements to trail connectivity, including confidence markers and signage
  • Addition of new trail
  • Boardwalks
  • Accessible view sites
  • Bridges

Draft Trail Improvements Concept Plan and Public Input Session
Follow this link to download the draft Trail Improvements Concept Plan. Share your feedback on Engage Birmingham through November 30, 2022. Sign up for notifications about this project and all topics pertaining to Parks and Recreation at http://www.bit.ly/bhamnews(External link).

Some highlights of the plan include:
Booth Park entry, and corner feature including a restroom facility
Accessible boardwalks and viewing areas
Trail entry identifiers (5) throughout
Connectivity- especially in the area of getting from Willits to up Maple- and including the Museum as a point of interest.  
Confidence markers and signage/wayfinding
A new pedestrian bridge south of Maple, heading into Linden Park trail


Background Information:
See our Rouge River Trail Corridor Master Plan located on page 168 of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Pickleball Courts
Enjoy Pickleball Courts at Crestview Park!  Two (2) courts are available for pickleball enthusiasts only.  These are temporary while we work toward completing six (6) new pickleball courts at this location.  Get out and enjoy!

New Pickleball Courts is a priority project as part of the Approved Parks and Recreation Bond, and part of the 1st Bond Issue.  Visit the Pickleball Courts project page on engage.bhamgov.org for more info.
pickleball courts
Booth Park Entry 
Booth Park Phase III corner feature reveals an entry plaza with gardens and seating.  This 2007 concept plan is also included in the current 5 year Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  This still needs planning efforts to develop a final concept plan with ongoing public engagement all along the way.


Booth entry concept

Completed Parks & Recreation Bond Projects
can be seen here!


Background Information

Learn about the history of the bond with videos and frequently asked questions on the Parks & Rec Bond Background Information webpage.