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Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Park and Trail In District 9 Will Take Place Today

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, March 11, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – A new park and trail in District 9 is set to be unveiled today. The Village Creek Linear Park and Trail will open to the public after months of collaborative efforts between the city and community partners specifically, the Village Creek Human and Environmental Justice Society, Inc. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at 11th Street and Avenue V in Ensley. Councilor Marcus Lundy who represents the district says he is looking forward to welcoming another development to an area that continues to see monumental growth.

“This trail is just another example of all the exciting and innovative projects that are underway in District 9,” Councilor Lundy said. “This new park and trail will give not only residents in District 9 the opportunity to enjoy a new green space but it will also give visitors the opportunity to explore some of the beautiful trails that exist within our city.”

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Village Creek Linear Park and Trail

WHEN: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: 11th Street and Avenue V, Ensley

WHO: Elected Officials and Community Partners

ABOUT THE VILLAGE CREEK SOCIETY:

Village Creek Human and Environmental Justice Society, Inc. (VCS) started as Coalition #1 in the 1980’s followed by Coalition #2 in 1996 to address extensive flooding in our minority populated communities in the Village Creek Watershed. The Army Corps of Engineers many studies did not make attempts to “stop” the flooding nor to “upgrade” the quality of the industrial polluted waters that once, in early Birmingham, severed as its drinking water and then became the water that brought the “magic” and “money economy” to Jefferson County. But human justice was overlooked and VCS has worked and is still working to improve the quality of life in the 3 sections of the 44 mile watershed.

For media inquiries, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.