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Recent Wells Fargo Funding Awarded to Birmingham Parks, Meaning Added Opportunities For Family Fun

School’s back in but it’s not too late to enjoy the sun and warm outdoors just before the fall. If your family is looking for exciting activities to shape your weekend of adventures look no further than your own backdoor at the illustrious nature parks within the City of Birmingham at Ruffner Mountain and Red Mountain Park. With the recent funding awarded from Wells Fargo, families are in for even more adventure along some of the cities breathtaking trails.

The parks were each chosen to receive a $25,000 award through the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant. The grant is a part of the bank’s program that was created to address environmental concerns and issues within the southeastern region. David Dionne, Executive Director of Red Mountain Park, said he’s excited about the continual building of the park and hopes this nature trail in the Birmingham community will encourage larger tourist attractions.

“We have to remain ahead of the curve for community revitalization and this includes promoting the many attractions that the City of Birmingham has to offer,” Mr. Dionne said. “I’m hopeful that with our ongoing development we will exceed that goal.”

Red Mountain park is situated in the heart of District 7 and draws tons of visitors each weekend. Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson said funding is important for the parks and can serve as a prototype for other modules of investments within the Greater Birmingham community.

“Our families, youth groups and community organizations need multiple outdoor parks and recreation to participate in,” Councilor Roberson said. “We as a society have steered away from our culture of constructive fun and games. These investments into our parks are putting that priority back in its rightful place.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Morrow ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.