One of America’s iconic publications, MONEY Magazine has named Railroad Park as the best park in Alabama calling the beloved green space “Birmingham’s front yard.”
Titled, “This Is the Best Park in Every U.S. State,” MONEY published the story on their website recognizing a park from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
To determine the best park in each state, MONEY first used Yelp’s algorithm that considers positive park reviews to determine the best parks in each state. MONEY, then looked at travel costs generated from its Best in Travel database.
Railroad Park’s selection was unique among the honorees made by MONEY because it is a small urban park. Other choices ranged from Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park and Maine’s Acadia National Park to Atlanta, Georgia’s Piedmont Park.
National recognition by conservation organizations and publications is nothing new for Railroad Park. In 2012, the park won the “Urban Open Space Award” from the Urban Land Institute. Just a few years ago, USA Today added Railroad Park to their 10Best: Parks that have helped revive their cities- list. The Society of American Travel Writers gave Railroad Park their Phoenix Awards recognizing conservation, preservation, beautification, and environmental accomplishments as they relate to travel.
Truly “Birmingham’s front yard,” Railroad Park has something for everyone, festivals, ice skating in the winter, excercise groups and Alabama Symphony Orchestra summer concerts.
More importantly, it is the one place we all gather together in the Magic City as one big family.