Birmingham is #1 in the amount of “green space” per capita – leading the nation with 17.9 acres of public green space per 1,000 residents. Following U. S. Steel’s donation of $1 million plus a commitment to sell land at a $9.5 million discount, a 1,108 acre tract has been put together by the Black Warrior-Cahaba Rivers Land Trust that will result in the establishment of Red Mountain Park. This large park will extend for 4.5 miles along ridgetop and adjacent lands in southwestern Birmingham. With the creation of this park, according to the Trust for Public Land, Birmingham will have 17.9 acres of public green space per 1,000 residents, ahead of top ranked Minneapolis with 14.3 acres per 1,000 residents. The Birmingham News, January 28, 2005.
*With Ruffner Mountain Nature Center’s planned addition of 5-700 acres, the Freshwater Land Trust’s plan to buy 1,108 acres on Red Mountain and the city’s plan to build the 20 acre Railroad Reservation Park, these planned additions and expansions would push Birmingham to #1 in national ranking of public green space per 1,000 residents. The Birmingham News, May 16, 2006
*Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain, with 1,000 acres and 11+ miles of hiking trails, is larger than NYC’s Central Park and is the 2nd largest urban nature preserve in the nation. (Second only to Portland, Oregon’s 4,000 acre city park.)
*A fine chain of lakes surround Birmingham in every direction for recreation and lake homes.
*Vulcan is the largest iron figure ever cast and is second in size only to the Statue of Liberty in the United States of America.
(Source: Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce)
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