$25K renovation project in the works for Roosevelt City Park—we spoke with Councilor Alexander to learn more

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Birmingham City Councilor Wardine Alexander at Roosevelt City Park photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Birmingham City councilor Wardine Alexander funds Birmingham Park and Recreation Board with $25K for improvements in Roosevelt City Park in Birmingham. Read on for the list of upgrades.

Roosevelt City Park Before Improvement Plans

Roosevelt City Park
Recreation Center Building at Roosevelt City Park photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Last Fall, residents near Roosevelt City Park spoke about it’s condition and their unhappiness of not being able to fully utilize the park.

It’s amenities include:

  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Barbeque Pavilion
  • Tennis Court
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Courts
  • Walking Trail
  • Swimming Pool

Due to water leaks, there was water covering parts of the park including the walking trail along the basketball and tennis courts.

Other complaints of Roosevelt Park residents include:

  • Uneven walking trail and playground
  • Broken cement foundation beneath picnic tables
  • Weeds and grass clipping on tennis courts
  • Baseball field in poor condition

Birmingham Park and Recreation was able to begin working on improvements for the park at the beginning of 2021 thanks to Birmingham City Councilor Wardine Alexander.

Improvements and Upgrades for Roosevelt City Park

Roosevelt City Park
New picnic tables and foundation at RCP photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Birmingham City Councilor Wardine Alexander told me that Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board has already made some outside improvements, including:

  • Picnic tables and cement foundation have been upgraded
  • New waste receptacles have been provided

The gazebo and pavilion have been fixed.

Roosevelt City Park
Upgraded Pavilion at RCP photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Birmingham Water Works has also begun repairing water leaks.

While I was speaking with her, Councilor Alexander said inside renovations (the recreation center building) are still in the works. Restrooms are still being upgraded and windows to the rec building will soon be replaced.

She wants to put the netting back on the basketball goals as well as even out the playground flooring.

Roosevelt City Park
Children Playground at RCP photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Councilor Alexander stressed how she mainly gave the money to upgrade the walking trail asphalt and the Parks and Rec board plans to finish that project soon.

“This is one of the components of community revitalization that I support and want to ensure that all of our parks are livable and places that we can bring our family to. So I was delighted to give this support to make these improvements at Roosevelt Park.” 

Birmingham City Councilor, Wardine Alexander
Roosevelt City Park
Walking Trail at RCP photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Councilor Alexander envisions seeing picnics, exercising and the senior program (that was held in the park’s center building) continue. She wants residents to be able to utilize the beautiful facility with no worry about safety restrictions.

“One of my goals as being the District 7 Representative is for D7 to be a place we all love to live, work, and play.”

Birmingham City Councilor, Wardine Alexander

All final improvements are to be handled by the Park and Recreation Board.

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