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Arlington-West End EcoScape

Cotton Avenue and 9th Street SW

The Arlington-West End EcoScape is located on the corner of Cotton Avenue and 9th Street SW and is modeled after the Woodlawn EcoScape. The EcoScape is designed for use as a passive recreational facility. The objective is to create a botanical setting complete with flowerbeds, seating areas, and panoramic vistas. Mosaic stepping stones and park benches were designed by students from local schools. Chris Fennell's massive flower sculpture, made from recycled roofing material, draws the attention of traffic along Cotton Avenue to this wonderful neighborhood green space. The Arlington-West End EcoScape makes extensive use of recycled pavers, woodchips, and soil amendments, adding to its value as an outdoor classroom.

Birmingham's elite at Arlington
Present at the dedication were City of Birmingham's Lake Charles, Princeton BMC's President Charlie Faulkner, Arlington-West End Neighborhood Association's Keith Aaron, Birmingham's Mayor Bernard Kincaid, SEC's Director Roald Hazelhoff, and Birmingham City Councilor Carole Smitherman.

benches, pavers, patterns
Recycled brick pavers were used to form the patio area, and the mosaic benches were created by Hemphill Elementary and Alabama School of Fine Arts students.

Seating area with creek
The entire patio area is a welcome sight.

Walk this way
Students, residents, and officials joined us for the dedication in September 2004.