BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's newest park is now open for business. City officials, supporters, and Miles College's band participated in the official dedication of Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham.
The $25-million park park stretches four blocks between First Avenue South and Morris Avenue. It spans 19 acres and features walking paths, an amphitheater, ponds, a skateboarding area, and playgrounds for kids.
Officials said this is a project that has been in the works for 20 years and it is great to finally see it finished.
"This will be a great addition to the city of Birmingham," said president emeritus of the Railroad Park Board, Giles Perkins. "It is a beautiful, and safe place for families."
Perkins said the park is monitored by a security system with interactive cameras working with park rangers. The park also features eight stations where you can call security in case of an emergency.
Birmingham residents said they think the park is beautiful and a nice addition to the city. "It is awesome," said Daniel Powell. "I've been watching it for a couple of months. It will be great to see it finally used."
"I'll bring my son out here," said Johnqueta Bailey, "He loves the rock climbing, and it will be great to come out as a family and see the park and enjoy it."
Saturday, Sept. 18 there will be special activities all day at Railroad Park. At 7:30pm, there will be a screening of the Disney movie "Up."
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