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Bush Garden Green Space is Set to Debut in District 8

More communities are building green spaces within their landscaping, and for good reason. Studies show that using green spaces are a great benefit to our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air all while providing shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and they even reduce erosion of soil that can often seep into our waterways.

This week Birmingham City Councilors approved an ordinance to further amend the neighborhood allocations budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, by transferring $25,000.00 from City Council PIC Discretionary Projects District #8, $7,000.00 from Bush Hills NA and appropriating $32,000.00 to Transfer to Fund 102 Capital Improvement Fund Budget and to further amend the capital fund budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, by transferring $25,000.00 from Fair Park Five Points West Economic Revitalization and appropriating $57,000.00 to Bush Garden Green space.

Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt said the Bush Garden Space is a nice addition for the ongoing economic revitalization in District 8 and he hopes residents enjoy the many advantages of ecosystems that are a factor in thriving communities.

“The Bush Garden Green space is a great opportunity for residents to enjoy the benefits of nature embedded right in the heart of their communities all while reaping the benefits of natural clean air,” Councilor Hoyt said. “I am hoping that we can get more projects like this to promote clean neighborhoods and environments all over the City of Birmingham.”

Railroad Park was recently named as one of the top “6 Urban Green Spaces That Are Revitalizing U.S. Cities. “ Care2.com selected the park noting that, “Railroad Park graces Birmingham, Alabama’s downtown with its 19 acres of green space. The park distinguishes itself by integrating the industrial history of the city while featuring sustainable design elements like a bio-filtration wetlands area. Over 600 trees, three skate bowls, and the Birmingham History Wall also coexist here.” It looks like the rise of Birmingham’s mark in the Greenspace Arena is just getting started.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.