Another large park coming to Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Plans are underway for Birmingham's newest urban park. Officials say it will bring something totally different to the city.

Red Mountain Park will be located along Lakeshore Drive in the southwest side of the city. The 1200 acre mega-park will feature walking and running trails, lakes, and rope courses and zip lines.

Planners say it will also feature information on the history of mining on the mountain.

"It's going to have a huge impact," said David Dionne, the park's executive. "It will impact people's quality of life. They will be able to come in here and start a walking program, and find a way to get healthy. There will be all kinds of great activities."

Dionne said the first phase of the park costs $52 million and he estimates it will bring $22 million a year back into the local economy.  He also said it will complement the existing parks in the city.

"Red Mountain Park will also complement Vulcan Park and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute," said Dionne, "This will be one of many venues in the city that gives people options of things to do, and reasons to visit and stay for several days."

Red Mountain Park is scheduled to open in 2012.

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