Railroad Park was voted the best new park in the country, according to "The Daily Green," a website devoted to "going green."
The park, dubbed the "jewel of Birmingham" won the top score in 18 categories. But the park still has a ways to go before paying off the debt on its construction.
Birmingham Mayor Bell says a previous administration promised to pay $3.2 million to the park's foundation. The foundation claims the city agreed to pay the amount, which would cover the park's outstanding debt.
Bell said he hopes the city and the foundation can come to a financial settlement.