‘Birmingham’s front yard.’ Railroad Park named best park in Alabama by MONEY Magazine

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Railroad Park at sunset. Photo by AirFowl Photography

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.

Birmingham Alabama
View of Railroad Park from on top of the Elyton Hotel by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

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.


Pat Byington
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.

Articles: 2011