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Urban Environmental Park

Park in the daytimeThe gorgeous new Urban Environmental Park on campus was dedicated during Homecoming/Reunion Weekend in November 2009.

The park, including a 1.5 acre lake, has been added to the natural setting of Birmingham-Southern's wooded campus and includes an amphitheatre, walkways, a fountain, and rain gardens for storm water management.

The donor-funded park serves as a leisure-time and recreational activity area for students as well as provides a wealth of hands-on learning for students, especially those in the new Urban Environmental Studies major.

Located on the west end of campus between the residence hall quad and the intramural fields (on the site that formerly housed old fraternity row), the Urban Environmental Park was constructed by Johnson Kreis Construction Co. Two under-construction Lake at nightresidence halls that will provide suite-style living for 167 men and women will overlook the lake when opened in fall 2010.

The park recent was awarded a Conservation Development Award from the Cahaba River Society in recognition for its low impact design (LID) features. Highlights of the park noted for the award included capturing runoff water in three rain gardens where some of it is filtered and reused to fill the park pond, saving an existing natural wetland as a third storm water infiltration site to handle pond overflow, using native plants to further filter water in the pond, and guarding of trees and minimizing tree removal on the site to protect the existing campus forest.

BSC's Urban Environmental Park also was highlighted in a seven-page feature "Hardscape of a Higher Calling" in the February 2010 issue of Landscape Architect. Click here to read the article.