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Earth Day props to parks

April 22, 2009

The Community Foundation committed $1 million in 2006 to a unique three-park project with the power to transform our community. Over the next 15 months, in partnership with Region 2020, the Community Foundation led the Three Park Initiative, a campaign to raise more than $15 million from area philanthropic foundations and businesses for Railroad Park, Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center.

Today you can see the results of these gifts, combined with federal, county and city dollars and additional fundraising by the individual parks, in the work going on downtown in the urban Railroad Park, along the ridge of the Oxmoor Valley at Red Mountain Park and the finishing touches now going on at the new education center at Ruffner Mountain.

We are proud to be part of making Birmingham a national leader in parks and open space, because of what this means for economic development, health and neighborhood revitalization.

If you want to give to any of the parks, you can do that directly (see links above) or through the Three Parks Fund within the Community Foundation. And we’ll all wait anxiously for the completion of all three new opportunities and imagine what great places these will be in another 50 years.

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