Kiwanis Centennial Park expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum revealed

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Ribbon cutting at the new Kiwanis Centennial Park, an expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum

Today, leaders and members of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Freshwater Land Trust, Vulcan Park and Museum, Mayor Randall Woodfin and members of the Birmingham City Council cut the ribbon revealing the new Kiwanis Centennial Park expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum.

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View of Vulcan from Kiwanis Centennial Park, photo by Pat Byington

As a gift to the community to mark its 100 years of service, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham has built Kiwanis Centennial Park, a $5.8 million expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum. Spearheaded by the 550-plus members of the club in cooperation with Vulcan Park and Museum and Freshwater Land Trust, the Kiwanis Centennial Park Project has three components:

The north side of Vulcan Park, once in significant disrepair, has now been transformed into Kiwanis Centennial Park, a new municipal park and event space that can be used by Birmingham residents community wide. A new plaza, fountain and steps leading up to Vulcan connect Downtown Birmingham to Vulcan both physically and visually.

The second component is Kiwanis Vulcan Trail, a 2-mile jogging and biking trail extending to Green Springs Highway and serving as the future hub for the planned 750 miles of Birmingham’s Red Rock Trail System.

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Walkers on the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail

The third component, a dynamic, multi-colored light show projected onto Vulcan each night, to be completed later this year.

Before the ribbon cutting, Bham Now took a tour of the newly opened Kiwanis Vulcan Trail.  According to Carolyn Buck, director of the Red Rock Trail System for the Freshwater Land Trust, the completion of the new trail brings the total miles within the Red Rock Trail System to about 120 miles. The Land Trust obtained easements, purchased land and accepted donations of land to make the new trail a reality.

Check out additional photos from the new trail and today’s event.
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Mayor Woodfin along with city councilors and  Vulcan Park Museum staff and board members.
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Kiwanis Vulcan Trail

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.