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Supporting Outdoor Education and Adventure at Red Mountain Park

Image of UAB employees and students posing after working at Red Mountain Park.
One recipient of the Benevolent Fund’s dollars is Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park, a 1,500-acre public urban park that encloses a four-and-a-half mile long-section of Red Mountain. In addition to being a place for adventure and fitness, Red Mountain Park is a historical and natural treasure. The park contains artifacts of Birmingham’s industrial history—specifically the city’s ore-mining operations.

Red Mountain Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States—for context, it’s about 78 percent larger than Central Park in New York City. It opened to the public in 2012, and updates include ziplining, treetop-level adventure courses and a six-acre off-leash dog park.

Support Local Nonprofits like Red Mountain Park

Encouraging UAB employees to “give where you play,” the Benevolent Fund has contributed to Red Mountain Park in a number of ways. After two years, over 600 UAB volunteers and 2,400-plus hours of work, four outdoor classrooms were established at Red Mountain Park. As a result of the volunteer effort from the Blazers, the UAB Meadow Classroom opened to the public in 2017. The outdoor classroom sits on a restored meadow that can be accessed by hiking trails, beautified by UAB volunteers. The classroom is reachable by a 30-minute hike into Red Mountain Park. Additionally, the park received $10,000 from the Benevolent Fund for its Venice Road Entrance (also known as the Northern Entrance) which provides trail access for nearly 10,000 who live north of the park.

Red Mountain Park is one of the Benevolent Fund’s community partners and one of the designated nonprofits to which UAB employees can direct their Benevolent Fund donations. Since 2017, UAB employees have contributed $33,852 in designated gifts to Red Mountain Park.