Rotary Trail

Rotary Trail The Rotary Trail is the centennial project of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham Rotary celebrated its centennial in 2013. Rotary Trail is one of the Club’s Centennial Projects.

As part of the City’s evolving public space and greenway system, Rotary Trail connects with the award-winning Railroad Park and Regions Field along First Ave. South and is an anchor element of the Jefferson County Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. The Rotary Club of Downtown Birmingham is pleased to make this $3.5 million gift to the City of Birmingham and all her citizens as a legacy of the

As part of the City’s evolving public space and greenway system, Rotary Trail connects with the award-winning Railroad Park and Regions Field along First Ave. South and is an anchor element of the Jefferson County Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. The Rotary Club of Downtown Birmingham is pleased to make this $3.5 million gift to the City of Birmingham and all her citizens as a legacy of the

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Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s 100th anniversary gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2015, t...
12/22/2021

Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s 100th anniversary gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2015, the 3.5-million dollar project transformed a vacant railroad cut, into a pleasantly-landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway. As 2021 comes to a close, we invite you to become a Friend of Rotary Trail, providing continued investment and improvements to the beloved Birmingham destination that has spurred the investment of millions of dollars in the once blighted area. Needs include horticulture enhancement, lighting and hardscape additions, art installations, and programming of activities.
Visit https://www.birminghamrotary.org/friends-of-rotary-trail to become a friend today! Together, we can ensure Birmingham remains one of the most vibrant areas in the state with venues for active lifestyles that engage our community, attract economic investment and create a better quality of life.
#RotaryBHM #RotaryTrail #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryInternational #Rotary6860

Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s 100th anniversary gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2015, the 3.5-million dollar project transformed a vacant railroad cut, into a pleasantly-landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway. As 2021 comes to a close, we invite you to become a Friend of Rotary Trail, providing continued investment and improvements to the beloved Birmingham destination that has spurred the investment of millions of dollars in the once blighted area. Needs include horticulture enhancement, lighting and hardscape additions, art installations, and programming of activities.
Visit https://www.birminghamrotary.org/friends-of-rotary-trail to become a friend today! Together, we can ensure Birmingham remains one of the most vibrant areas in the state with venues for active lifestyles that engage our community, attract economic investment and create a better quality of life.
#RotaryBHM #RotaryTrail #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryInternational #Rotary6860

Rotarian Jane Reed Ross, Landscape Architect at Goodwyn Mills Cawood, and Betts Johnson, RCB Director of Membership and ...
12/14/2021

Rotarian Jane Reed Ross, Landscape Architect at Goodwyn Mills Cawood, and Betts Johnson, RCB Director of Membership and Service, were featured in Birmingham Park and Recreation's newsletter “The Parks Report.” Ross, who was the project landscape architect for the design of Rotary Trail, and Johnson, who oversees regular upkeep of the trail and coordinates service projects that help maintain its beauty and usability, shared enthusiasm about the transformation the project has brought to the mid-town area. “The trail really is a destination for people to come to and enjoy being outside,” said Ross. “It’s where community comes together.”
#RotaryBHM #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryInternational #Rotary6860

Rotarian Jane Reed Ross, Landscape Architect at Goodwyn Mills Cawood, and Betts Johnson, RCB Director of Membership and Service, were featured in Birmingham Park and Recreation's newsletter “The Parks Report.” Ross, who was the project landscape architect for the design of Rotary Trail, and Johnson, who oversees regular upkeep of the trail and coordinates service projects that help maintain its beauty and usability, shared enthusiasm about the transformation the project has brought to the mid-town area. “The trail really is a destination for people to come to and enjoy being outside,” said Ross. “It’s where community comes together.”
#RotaryBHM #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryInternational #Rotary6860

RCB members, family and friends spent a recent Sunday afternoon serving along Rotary Trail. Participants spread 360 bags...
11/23/2021

RCB members, family and friends spent a recent Sunday afternoon serving along Rotary Trail. Participants spread 360 bags of mulch around the trail's plant beds and removed litter and debris from the beloved Birmingham landmark. Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s 100th anniversary gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2015, the 3.5-million dollar project transformed a vacant railroad right-of-way, or “cut,” into a pleasantly-landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway. Learn more about the trail at .

RCB members, family and friends spent a recent Sunday afternoon serving along Rotary Trail. Participants spread 360 bags of mulch around the trail's plant beds and removed litter and debris from the beloved Birmingham landmark. Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s 100th anniversary gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2015, the 3.5-million dollar project transformed a vacant railroad right-of-way, or “cut,” into a pleasantly-landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway. Learn more about the trail at .

Freshwater Land Trust broke ground on the highly anticipated Jones Valley Trail Extension in celebration of Earth Day wi...
05/04/2021
Freshwater Land Trust breaks ground on the Jones Valley Trail Extension - Freshwater Land Trust

Freshwater Land Trust broke ground on the highly anticipated Jones Valley Trail Extension in celebration of Earth Day with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 22nd. The Jones Valley Trail Extension will pick up at 32nd Street South and connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale’s 41st Street, running parallel to 1st Avenue South, with completion expected by the end of this year, ahead of the 2022 World Games. “We are thrilled to get started on the long-anticipated Jones Valley Trail Extension,” said Rotarian Rusha Smith, FLT Executive Director. “Outdoor amenities are critical for connecting our residents and neighborhoods to the great outdoors and to each other.”

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Freshwater Land Trust conserves, connects, and cares for land and water in Central Alabama, creating dynamic green spaces for future generations.

Rotary Club of Birmingham members gathered over the weekend to spread mulch and remove litter along Rotary Trail to get ...
04/20/2021

Rotary Club of Birmingham members gathered over the weekend to spread mulch and remove litter along Rotary Trail to get it ready for spring, when warmer weather brings thousands of visitors each week to walk, run, bike and ride scooters along the trail. Rotaract Club of Birmingham members, family, friends and community volunteers pitched in to beautify one of Downtown Birmingham’s signature attractions.

Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s centennial gift to the Birmingham community. Completed in 2013, the 3.5-million-dollar project transformed a blighted abandoned railroad cut into a landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway that connects Railroad Park and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark along First Avenue South as an anchor element of the Jefferson County Redrock Trail System. RCB is proud to serve as a partner with Freshwater Land Trust’s Adopt-a-Trail program to maintain Rotary Trail.

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The Birmingham City Council voted on April 13th to re-zone the 110-year-old Hardwick building from light industrial to m...
04/15/2021
This old warehouse on Rotary Trail will get a $24 million facelift

The Birmingham City Council voted on April 13th to re-zone the 110-year-old Hardwick building from light industrial to mixed-use downtown district. That clears the way for Bayer Properties to begin turning the Opportunity Zone property into a modern office, retail and restaurant space with new floors, an elevator, an outdoor patio, roof deck and balconies overlooking Rotary Trail. The development, located at the corner of 23rd Street and First Avenue South, will be called “The Hardwick on the Rotary Trail.”

“I think this project is going to be a great impetus for this area,” said Birmingham City Councilor Hunter Williams. “It’s good to see all the effects of the Rotary Trail over the past few years bringing new development.”

Rotary Trail is the Rotary Club of Birmingham's centennial gift to the Birmingham community. The project transformed a blighted abandoned railroad cut into a landscaped, four-block walking/running/biking pathway. The trail connects Railroad Park to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and is part of the Freshwater Land Trust Red Rock Trail System.

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The warehouse was used in the 1920s for grain storage and more recently for steel fabrication.

03/22/2021

The Birmingham Business Journal reports that the Birmingham City Council approved a temporary construction easement with Freshwater Land Trust for the extension of Jones Valley Trail between 32nd and 41st Streets South to provide a safe, off-road trail for commuters and recreational users along First Avenue South between Downtown and Avondale. Rotary Club of Birmingham member and Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Rusha Smith said once the project contractor receives the necessary permits from the city, the nonprofit can begin construction on the extension, with completion expected by the start of The World Games 2022 Birmingham. The Jones Valley Trail connects to Rotary Trail and both are part of the Red Rock Trail System network of trails, parks, bike lanes and sidewalks spanning Jefferson County.
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02/10/2021

Beautiful February day for a stroll on Rotary Trail!

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Breathtaking sunrise over Rotary Trail taken by Heather Agnew on her run this morning!📸 @hlagnew#rotaryclubofbirmingham ...
02/05/2021

Breathtaking sunrise over Rotary Trail taken by Heather Agnew on her run this morning!

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Breathtaking sunrise over Rotary Trail taken by Heather Agnew on her run this morning!

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The Birmingham Business Journal highlighted a new project adjacent to Rotary Trail that will include the redevelopment o...
02/02/2021
Schmalz, Bryant partner on new office development on Rotary Trail - Birmingham Business Journal

The Birmingham Business Journal highlighted a new project adjacent to Rotary Trail that will include the redevelopment of an existing 5,000-square-foot building plus the construction of a new three-story building with 16,000 square feet of office space and a common area rooftop. “We think it’s indicative of what’s possible down here along the Rotary Trail,” said Martin Smith of SRS Real Estate Partners. “We see this as a little pocket for growth for small developments like this with access to entertainment and other amenities that you just don’t get on the north side and the CBD.”

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The Rotary Trail continues to blossom with another office project in the works.

Rotary Trail was Featured in StyleBlueprint Birmingham go check out all the great thing we have for you in the Magic Cit...
07/24/2018
10 Free Things To Do In Birmingham

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Birmingham Rotary acknowledged in a mini-program the past Wednesday  our important partnership with CAP and the work the...
04/20/2018
(CAP) City Action Partnership

Birmingham Rotary acknowledged in a mini-program the past Wednesday our important partnership with CAP and the work they do to keep the Trail safe and clean as reported by CAP Director of Operations, Glen Robinson. We thank you for your hard work to keep Rotary Trail and Birmingham. https://www.capisdowntown.com

CAP works for city center business owners providing additional Downtown resources related to security, motorist assistance, sanitation, & community outreach

Check out Leadership Alabama before a walk on the Rotary Trail! How have you been enjoying the trail?
05/13/2016

Check out Leadership Alabama before a walk on the Rotary Trail! How have you been enjoying the trail?

Check out Leadership Alabama before a walk on the Rotary Trail! How have you been enjoying the trail?

ONE DAY and COUNTING.Rotary Trail Opens tomorrow: Friday, May 6th.First group of students – Rebekah Parker’s class from ...
05/05/2016

ONE DAY and COUNTING.
Rotary Trail Opens tomorrow: Friday, May 6th.
First group of students – Rebekah Parker’s class from BSU – walk the trail and gather in the amphitheater at 23rd!
Who’s class will be next?

ONE DAY and COUNTING.
Rotary Trail Opens tomorrow: Friday, May 6th.
First group of students – Rebekah Parker’s class from BSU – walk the trail and gather in the amphitheater at 23rd!
Who’s class will be next?

TWO DAYS and COUNTING. Rotary Trail opens Friday, May 6.Predicted night time lows in the fifties for Friday.The Trail wi...
05/04/2016

TWO DAYS and COUNTING.
Rotary Trail opens Friday, May 6.
Predicted night time lows in the fifties for Friday.
The Trail will be open from Dawn until 11 PM every day.

TWO DAYS and COUNTING.
Rotary Trail opens Friday, May 6.
Predicted night time lows in the fifties for Friday.
The Trail will be open from Dawn until 11 PM every day.

FIVE DAYS and COUNTING. Rotary Trail opens Friday May 6.Weather forecast: 75 degrees and sunny!
05/02/2016

FIVE DAYS and COUNTING. Rotary Trail opens Friday May 6.
Weather forecast: 75 degrees and sunny!

FIVE DAYS and COUNTING. Rotary Trail opens Friday May 6.
Weather forecast: 75 degrees and sunny!

Finishing touches at the 23rd Street plaza, and lilies blooming along the trail! Make note, opening day is May 6! See yo...
04/27/2016

Finishing touches at the 23rd Street plaza, and lilies blooming along the trail! Make note, opening day is May 6! See you on the trail!

Tonight we celebrate the grand opening of the Rotary Trail. Check out a few of the pictures from this afternoon's press ...
04/06/2016

Tonight we celebrate the grand opening of the Rotary Trail. Check out a few of the pictures from this afternoon's press conference and a bird's eye view of the completed trail! The official lighting of the sign will take place at 7:20 p.m.

Hard to believe this before and after along Rotary Trail.Dedication (6:30 ish) and lighting of the sign (7:20 ish)Wednes...
04/05/2016

Hard to believe this before and after along Rotary Trail.
Dedication (6:30 ish) and lighting of the sign (7:20 ish)
Wednesday, April, 6th – at 20th and First South.

Brandon Hartley is the Superintendent for Clements Dean on Rotary Trail.  He probably would like a dollar for every time...
04/01/2016

Brandon Hartley is the Superintendent for Clements Dean on Rotary Trail.
He probably would like a dollar for every time he has walked the trail or driven around the project in the last year. He has great attention to detail and like the whole Clements Dean crew, really cares for a job well done! An amazing team!

We will be lighting the sign at dusk on April 6th!

Brandon Hartley is the Superintendent for Clements Dean on Rotary Trail.
He probably would like a dollar for every time he has walked the trail or driven around the project in the last year. He has great attention to detail and like the whole Clements Dean crew, really cares for a job well done! An amazing team!

We will be lighting the sign at dusk on April 6th!

This shot shows the team that helped with design input and instillation to make lighting happen along Rotary Trail. Left...
04/01/2016

This shot shows the team that helped with design input and instillation to make lighting happen along Rotary Trail.
Left to right:
Bobby Holt - Clements Dean Building Company, LLC
Mike Miranda - Mayer Electric Supply
Billy Broughton - Lighting Partnership, LLC
Gary Dean - Clements Dean Building Company, LLC

Mayer Electric donated the Louis Poulsen Lights that are all along the trail.

This shot shows the team that helped with design input and instillation to make lighting happen along Rotary Trail.
Left to right:
Bobby Holt - Clements Dean Building Company, LLC
Mike Miranda - Mayer Electric Supply
Billy Broughton - Lighting Partnership, LLC
Gary Dean - Clements Dean Building Company, LLC

Mayer Electric donated the Louis Poulsen Lights that are all along the trail.

Kevin Moore, Director, of Parks and Recreation and three of his staff did a tour on Friday of Rotary Trail. Leading the ...
03/19/2016

Kevin Moore, Director, of Parks and Recreation and three of his staff did a tour on Friday of Rotary Trail. Leading the tour were landscape architect for the trail Jane Reed Ross and our construction management team from AG Gaston.

It’s spring on Rotary Trail: river birch are leafing out!
03/19/2016

It’s spring on Rotary Trail: river birch are leafing out!

It’s spring on Rotary Trail: river birch are leafing out!

Exciting progress at Rotary Trail.  Fravert Services working Tuesday to bring a little “Magic” to downtown and Rotary Tr...
03/08/2016

Exciting progress at Rotary Trail. Fravert Services working Tuesday to bring a little “Magic” to downtown and Rotary Trail.

Grasses, plants, benches and street sign framework going in yesterday at Rotary Trail!
03/06/2016

Grasses, plants, benches and street sign framework going in yesterday at Rotary Trail!

Grasses, plants, benches and street sign framework going in yesterday at Rotary Trail!

Work has begun on the steel framework of Rotary Trail in the Magic City western gateway.  Can’t wait to see this interpr...
03/01/2016

Work has begun on the steel framework of Rotary Trail in the Magic City western gateway. Can’t wait to see this interpretation of the historic Magic City sign – seen in this old post card from the archives of the Birmingham Library. The original sign was was at Terminal Station in downtown near the site of the current downtown central post office. The train terminal and the sign were, sadly, demolished in 1969.

Work has begun on the steel framework of Rotary Trail in the Magic City western gateway. Can’t wait to see this interpretation of the historic Magic City sign – seen in this old post card from the archives of the Birmingham Library. The original sign was was at Terminal Station in downtown near the site of the current downtown central post office. The train terminal and the sign were, sadly, demolished in 1969.

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The Founders team recently volunteered their Saturday to serve the Birmingham community at two locations during its Summer Serve Day. The groups served at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and the Rotary Trail. The day was topped off with both groups reconvening over delicious meal at Moe's Original BBQ- Lakeview, where it was nice to step back and take in the camaraderie among our group: https://bit.ly/2ViBLDW #serveday #birminghamal #values #bhamnow
🌅 Beautiful Birmingham at sunrise. ❤️ our city and the great people who live here! 📸 Bham Now - Birmingham’s modern media Rotary Trail
Bayer Properties' plans to bring new life to the old Hardwick Building on the Rotary Trail. Architects Matt Foley and Brittany Foley of Williams Blackstock Architects and Meredith Calhoun of Bayer Properties share the inside scoop! This will also be one of the first WELL (International WELL Building Institute - IWBI) buildings in Birmingham, according to Calhoun, which means it’s intentionally designed to maximize the health of the people using it. We love seeing our members doing big things! #aiabirmingham
Sure you want to have fun, but do you always want to pay for it? Nope. Me neither. Some of the best networking opportunities I've had as a Realtor® have come from free events around town. They are great ways to meet people and get to know your community even better! I have to say BHM always has something going on, and here's a list of activities that won't break the bank: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Art, Vulcan Park and Museum, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Railroad Park, Rotary Trail, Red Mountain Park Cahaba River, & The Market at Pepper Place. Your Community Concierge Love Living In BHM
This fantastic group of volunteers from Rotary Club of Birmingham spread 90 bags of mulch along Rotary Trail this weekend! 🙌🏽 We love having Rotary as an Adopt-a-Trail partner as we work together to expand Red Rock Trail System.
Rotary Trail is a Magic City treasure! Did you know POLLUTED storm water run-off, carrying debris and other pollutants, would pour into Village Creek from this spot?!😳 NOW a new filtration system improves the quality of the water run-off. Birmingham we ❤️ you! KEEP MOVING FORWARD💯
When Carolyn Chen, owner of Wild Things saw the aftermath of protests last week she knew she wanted to use her voice to speak out. "I sat there feeling helpless thinking ‘What can I do?! I'm just a florist!" In three days, one voice turned into thirty as florists across the Magic City gathered at the Rotary Trail in support of Black Lives Matter.
If you're a fan of The Pizitz, you'll love The Hardwick, with offices, food + more. 🍛🍻 This mixed-use redevelopment is coming soon near the Rotary Trail + Railroad Park.
It's #WIAWednesday & look who's hangin' at the ACFA:⁠ ⁠ Gabrielle Fuller, AIA - Davis Architects, Kyonta C. Smith, AIA - Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Nolanda Hatcher, AIA - Studio 2H Design, LLC, Lauren Gwaltney, AIA - Williams Blackstock Architects, Teresa Rivadeneira, AIA - Tri Architecture & Interior Design, Jacquelyn Hart, AIA - Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Tammy Cohen, AIA - Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds & Cynthia Coyle, AIA - ArchitectureWorks⁠ ⁠ Stop by on your next walk to Railroad Park or the Rotary Trail, OR swing by en route to pick up some local curbside from Trattoria Centrale, El Barrio Restaurante, Mom's Basement, or Shu Shop (just to name a few!)⁠ ⁠ We can't wait to see these women and the other members of the AIA Bham Fam once COVID-19 is over.⁠ ⁠ Thanks to the Alabama Center for Architecture for promoting the profession throughout our community!
If you’ve ever ridden your bike along the Rotary Trail or taken a stroll in Railroad Park and admired the aesthetically curated natural design, you can thank Jane Reed Ross. Whether Jane is designing outdoor spaces in Queensland, Australia, or right here in the Magic City, people have always been at the center of Jane’s natural creations. As a landscape architecture for 35 years, Jane has sought to build community and improve the quality of life of all people through innovative design and thoughtful planning. A park or trail is not just an outdoor space for Jane, but a catalyst for civic engagement, environmental responsibility, and economic development in the surrounding area. Many of her projects are changing the way people live, play, work, and travel in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. The Red Rock Trail Master Plan, Rotary Trail, Pinson Park, Lincoln Park, Jones Valley Complete Streets, Enon Ridge Trail, Railroad Park and the Birmingham Children’s Zoo are just a few of the many civic spaces that Jane has helped design. Jane’s work also transcends municipal borders and promotes regional connectivity. The Freshwater Land Trust on the Red Rock Trail System is knitting together a network of pedestrian and cycling trails across Jefferson County. Jane is at the forefront of women who are changing the game in urban renewal and design. To her, recognizing women for their accomplishments is key in order to see more women excel in their fields. “Raising the bar for women raises the bar for all,” she said. #StrongHER #WomensHistoryMonth
As a registered dietitian and the UAB Employee Wellness director for Alabama’s largest employer, Anna Threadcraft is charged with educating and empowering employees to take realistic and sustainable steps toward healthy living. But make no mistake, healthy does not mean skinny. Rather, it’s a lifestyle that encompasses mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Threadcraft lives this every day in Birmingham. When she’s not promoting colorectal cancer prevention, heart disease awareness or healthy eating, she’s offering encouragement to others to get out and enjoy the outdoors like she does so many times at Railroad Park, Ruffner Mountain, Rotary Trail and Vulcan Trail. She says that being outdoors provides mental and emotional benefits that empower people to manage anxiety, to sleep better and to have a fresh perspective on the daily stressors that can often feel overwhelming. In addition to standing strong for healthy living, she stands strong for her faith. She’s a founding member of the Birmingham chapter of Women Business Leaders, a faith-based, non-profit organization that strives to develop young women in the Birmingham workforce through community, mentoring and discipleship. Her messages through meetings, speaking engagements and social media posts leave people motivated to move in new ways. “Women have long been overlooked for their invaluable contribution to the health, culture and beauty of our city,’’ said Threadcraft, 36. “When we collectively raise one another up, we leave a legacy for those who are behind us that speaks of the unity of affirmation.’’ #StrongHER #WomensHistoryMonth