The Rotary Trail is on its Way!

The highly anticipated Rotary Trail is under construction!

The Rotary Trail is a four-block park located along First Avenue South between 24th and 20th Streets that will feature boardwalks, running and biking paths, picnic areas, benches and many more amenities. As a linage to the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System, the Rotary Trail will serve to connect already existing developments in Railroad Park, Regions Field and the future Powell Avenue Steam Plant. The development will also link growing districts like Lakeview and Avondale, and provide safe walking and biking options between Sloss Furnaces and the Crossplex.

This project will bring more than a park and walkways through the downtown Birmingham area. The Rotary Trail will provide historic character, embracing Birmingham’s past and bringing it to the future. It will offer transit links to surrounding districts just as the original railroad did. The Trail is packed with community-building features such as a dedicated education space and designs for an amphitheater. On top off all of that, it creates green space in an urban city, which can be a difficult task to accomplish.

Once completed, the Rotary Trail will leave a lasting gift for the city of Birmingham and its citizens. The Freshwater Land Trust is proud to be playing a role in the planning process for this transformational project. Once completed, the Rotary Trail will serve as another Birmingham success story and testament to the transformational work that public-private partnerships can bring to our community.

Stay tuned for more updates. Happy trails!

rt group    wendy and bill


The Zoo Loop Is Here!

Cyclist, runners and pedestrians now have a safe and accessible trail from the Birmingham Zoo to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

The Zoo Loop, a 1.3-mile trail that links the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, opened July 1. The trail connects the cities of Birmingham, Homewood and Mountain Brook through a walking path along the perimeter of the Birmingham Zoo’s property and another loop around the Botanical Gardens. This critical connection was identified as a priority connection in the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System planning process.

Although the trail is complete, the plan also calls for a pedestrian bridge linking Homewood and Mountain Brook across U.S. Highway 280 along Hollywood Boulevard. The constructed sidewalks would then eventually connect to trails and walkways from the ever-expanding Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System.

The Zoo Loop connects two amazing attractions making them one destination. The loop will only enhance the experiences and memories created at the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Your adventure is only one walk away!

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