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Today, Red Mountain Park held a ribbon cutting at its new Butler Snow Sensory Trail located on the grounds of the 1500 acre nature preserve.
The Butler Snow Sensory Trail is designed for children and adults with developmental differences, people with low vision and/or low hearing and for those who use wheelchairs. The trail provides easy access to nature that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
The .14 miles trail is located near the entrance of Red Mountain Park along the Birmingham Mineral Railroad South Trail. It includes 14 activities, a comfort zone, and a pergola with swinging benches, along with sensory bags that contain items to help with sensory over-stimulation and include ear buds, sunglasses, and fidget toys.
For guests who use wheelchairs, the sensory trail was designed to be accessed with the Park’s off-road NOMAD wheelchair, available for reservation at no cost.
Before cutting the ribbon on the trail this morning, Angie McEwen with Butler Snow shared, “The Butler Snow Foundation was able to provide the seed funding for the Butler Snow Sensory Trail. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Butler Snow law firm and we have been fortunate to provide support for several projects in communities where our partners live and work. We have had the privilege of awarding over $1 million in grants for projects like the one you’ll see today.”
Along with Butler Snow’s financial support numerous local Birmingham organizations were involved in the development of the trail.
Lakeshore Foundation, Autism Society of Alabama, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Red Barn, Exceptional Foundation, United Ability, Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services, Mitchell’s Place, Triumph Services, UAB Occupational Therapy, CAWACO, Samford University and the Boy Scouts of America.
Monica Romano, Director of Philanthropy for the Park, said, “Red Mountain Park is built by the community, for the community, and this trail is a perfect example of that. It was through the generosity of the Butler Snow Foundation that the spark ignited, but then the community got to work!”
The new trail is open during Red Mountain Park operating hours. Contact Red Mountain at http://www.redmountainpark.org if you have any questions.