Railroad Park is a 19-acre green space located at 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, United States. It celebrates the creative and industrial culture of Birmingham. The city and the Railroad Park Foundation collaborated on this project. It is regarded as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” and it provides a historically rich setting for local pastimes, family fun, concerts, cultural events, or just a simple lunch with friends or family.  It can be the best escape in the busy day of downtown Birmingham area.

A variety of trees are planted on the site, including hardwoods, evergreens, and blooming trees. Many of the walls and seating areas are built from bricks found on the site while Railroad Park construction was underway. You’ll also find some reused and recycled objects all throughout the park. 

This beautiful place opened in September 2010 and is owned by the city of Birmingham. It is managed by the non-profit organization, Railroad Park Foundation. A few of its most seen attractions are the lake, ponds, and streams scattered in the park. There are rangers patrolling and a modern security system to monitor the area.

What to look forward to:

The 17th Street Plaza

The ranger station, the Railroad Park Foundation’s office, restrooms, and the Railroad Park Dining Car are all located in the 17th Street Plaza, which is large and partially covered.

Outdoor Gym

Great opportunity and place for those who wish to reinvigorate their bodies and minds. Also a good place for those who wish to spend time with family or friends by exercising outdoors.

Walking Trails

You can walk through the park without having to worry about cars or traffic. You can also use it as a place for jogging, running, and biking.

Play Areas

The obvious main attraction for kids consists of a state of an art playground. It’s a fantastic location for parents and children to connect through play.

Water Features

The park is 30% water and this includes wetlands, ponds, streams, rain curtains, and the amazing lake.

Skate Area

The skate area has three different sizes of skate bowls, giving some of our young visitors something to do while others watch from benches.


The park is open from 7 AM to 11 PM Monday to Sunday, with free admission. 

Pets are allowed but must be on a leash and under the care of the owner all the time.

Free parking can be found along the outer perimeters of the Park on 1st Avenue South. There is also metered parking available within a 3 to 4 block radius.

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