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Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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A Parks & Recreation Master Plan reflects a vision for parks and recreation facilities: their operations, maintenance, and enhancements for the next several years.  It's our playbook for community building as it relates to parks and recreation!


2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan
We are delighted to present the recently adopted 2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  This plan serves as a roadmap for decision-making, considering current assets and projected demands.  As the heartbeat of our community, our beloved parks and recreation facilities are essential for fostering health, happiness, and a vibrant sense of community.   We believe that Parks and Recreation plays a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for residents of all ages.

Thank you!  The participation and cooperation of community leaders, residents, and members of civic organizations in the preparation of the 2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan is greatly appreciated.

Public Engagement Overview
The foundation of the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Master Plan is an engagement process that incorporates multifaceted community outreach techniques to maximize stakeholder participation.   To ensure that every resident had an opportunity to participate and make their voice heard, the City of Birmingham partnered with McKenna to develop this plan and provide a range of engagement opportunities.   McKenna assisted with the preparation of this plan and designed this process to ensure inclusive and comprehensive engagement with multiple opportunities for input and proactive participation from a breadth of stakeholders, age groups, and knowledge levels.  We engaged participants frequently, in ways that best suit their lifestyles and time commitments so that the time they invest is used wisely.   

Public engagement during this planning process included field days at events such as a concert in Shain Park, a movie night at Booth Park, a pop-up at Kenning Park, and the Farmers Market Harvest Festival.  Additionally, the community was invited to Parks and Recreation Board meetings to participate.   The community was also encouraged to submit feedback online via the city’s public engagement platform  Engage Birmingham.  The site featured a variety of customizable interaction opportunities, including surveys, parks comment map, and more.

The Draft 2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan was displayed for a 30-day review period to receive more feedback from the public.  A public hearing was held at the  December 18, 2023 City Commission Meeting, and the City Commission adopted the updated plan.

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2018 Parks & Recreation Master Plan
The City Commission adopted the 2018 Parks and Parks and Recreation Master Plan on March 26, 2018 - to view the document and its appendices, click the links below: