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2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan 
Share Your Feedback on the 2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan  
2018 Parks & Recreation Master Plan  

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 

Public Engagement

The foundation of the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Master Plan is an engagement process that incorporates multifaceted community outreach techniques to maximize stakeholder participation. The City's consultant, McKenna, has 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. Our goal is to engage participants frequently, in ways that best suit their lifestyles and time commitments, so that the time they invest is used wisely. 

Field Days 
  • Shain Park – In the Park Summer Concert on June 28, 2023 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Booth Park - Movies in the Park on July 14, 2023 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Kenning Park - Saturday in the Park on August 5, 2023 from noon – 4 p.m.
  • Farmers Market - Harvest Festival on September 10, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Field Days held in June and July will establish goals, objectives, and the vision/direction of the Plan. General ideas about the City’s parks will be solicited in the form of sticky notes on large boards from attendees, which will then be grouped into general subject categories. This exercise will also solicit specific input on strategic plan issues, such as sustainability and inclusion. Attendees will also be presented with a large sheet with categories for all of the City’s parks, in which visitors will be asked to identify “what’s working” and “what’s not” for as few or as many parks as they are comfortable with.

Field Days held in August and September will allow for feedback to facilitate validation and/or adjustments as necessary to draft plan recommendations. A priority setting exercise will seek reaction and input regarding core values by, for example, surveying stakeholders regarding agreement with value statements and asking for key words that they relate to each category. Participants will also be presented with draft policy and plan recommendations and asked to provide their feedback. This will ensure that the planning recommendations reflect the community’s desires.

Public Body Meetings
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Share Your Feedback on the 2024-2028 Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Engage Birmingham To ensure that every resident has an opportunity to participate and make their voice heard, the City of Birmingham has partnered with McKenna to develop a range of engagement opportunities that will be accessible to all. Learn about the engagement process and share your feedback online via the city’s public engagement platform, Engage Birmingham, at https://engage.bhamgov.org/parks-recreation-master-plan. The site features a variety of customizable interaction opportunities, including surveys, parks comment map, and more. Additionally, it will soon provide updates on upcoming in-person public engagement opportunities and draft plans for the public to review, keeping everyone informed and engaged throughout the process.

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: