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Birmingham City Council Partnering with the Rotary Club of Birmingham for the Groundbreaking of The Rotary Trail

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Thursday May 14, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- There’s a new addition coming to downtown Birmingham. A groundbreaking for the long awaited Rotary Trail will take place today at 5:30 p.m. The trail is a $4.5 million extension of Railroad Park from 20th Street to 24th Street along First Avenue South. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will serve as one of the shovelers for the groundbreaking ceremony.

“The potential for the downtown area continues to grow with the addition of beautiful spaces like the Rotary Trail that will be a unique asset for both residents and visitors to enjoy,” President Austin said. “This project has been in the works for a while now, and I am excited to see it finally come to fruition.”

More than a quarter of a century in the making, the trail will follow what is often referred to as the old “railroad cut” though its actually the result of a railroad fill from when the railroads used to run in a wider swath through downtown Birmingham, steaming the Magic City into its industrial growth. Each block of the new Rotary Trail will include different design characteristics and officials hope it will help lead downtown into a new future.

“This is a big day for the rotary club and we are super excited about what the groundbreaking ceremony means,” said Susan Jackson, executive director of the Rotary Club of Birmingham. “Construction on the trail has already started and we’ve been watching it everyday in anticipation of the grand opening that we hope will take place in about 10 months.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.