The Olmstead Brothers planned a park as a quiet respite from work – a serene place to restore peace of mind. George Ward Park endures today, with open meadows, ancient trees, and WPA stone buildings that frame the park vistas for walking and picnicking. Active sports offer a diversion from our sedentary jobs. Choose from tennis, softball, or the Disc Golf course. The 100-acre park (formerly known as Green Springs Park) is cared for by the Glen Iris Neighborhood, Disc Golf Birmingham , and local garden clubs. A new maintenance plan allows native plant species to regenerate, and the old oak canopy has been kick-started by propagated seedlings from another Birmingham favorite – the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
331 16th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
City of Birmingham 205-322-9958
• What To Do •
You’ll find six softball fields, six tennis courts, a dog park, a 24-hole disc golf course (est. 1990), a walking path, a playground, and a picnic pavilion. Listed as a National Recreational Trail, the park may soon boast the city’s first official Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)–accessible skatepark, the Birmingham A.skate Plaza, between the dog park and tennis courts.
• Seasonal Highlights •
Softball season on spring nights. Tennis in the summer. The Disc golf course is a local favorite and open year round.
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- Avian Diversity in an Suburban Park System
- Reforesting Birmingham’s Historic George Ward Park - Caroline Rowan
- Urban Bird Diversity and Landscape Complexity
- Garden Club of America George Ward Park Centennial Tree Project
- BHS - Birmingham Parks and Parkways - Feb 2003
- BHS - Digging Out of the Great Depression - Nov 2009
- George Ward Park Urban Tree Monitoring Plan
- BBG Garden Dirt - Clarissa Willemsen Horticulture Propagation Award