Birmingham’s linear park concept has a name, and ALDOT wants all your ideas on July 17 and 24

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birmingham, Alabama, linear park
A concept of a linear park for Birmingham. Rendering via ALDOT

Hi, Birmingham. Meet CityWalk BHAM. ALDOT wants your input on the park that’s going to be located on 10 blocks of public space from 15th St. N. to 25th St. N.

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BMX rider @mikebikepsyche executes a whip at Parisite Park, located Located under the Interstate 610 overpass in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo via Parisite Skate Park

We’ve known for a hot minute that Birmingham is getting a new public park underneath the rebuilt Interstate 20/59 elevated highway through downtown Birmingham. So, what’s the next step?

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A linear park underneath an underpass in Houston, Texas. Photo via City of Houston
  1. They Want Your Input On The Park

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the City of Birmingham will listen to your ideas on July 17 at the Boutwell Municipal Auditorium. There will be three public-input sessions:

  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Noon to 2 p.m.
  • 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Three more sessions will be held on July 24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex – Bill Harris Arena at the sames times listed above.
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NoMA’s M Street underpass in Washington, D.C. Photo via NoMAParks Foundation
2. That’s Neat

According to ALDOT, the new support columns will be 165 feet apart (instead of the current 65 feet). There won’t be vehicle entrance or exit ramps, and the new bridge is also designed to reduce ambient highway noise.

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A map outlining the proposed public space, via ALDOT
Your CityWalk BHAM

If  you’re interested in directing the future of the park, go to the public meetings and voice your opinion! Here are ideas I’ve heard so far: skate park, carousel, splash pad, fountains and outdoor art installations. What’s yours?