170316 hammock renderA new hammock park, located near Rast Hall, will open just in time for students returning from Spring Break. The park, opening March 29, is a solution to the ever-growing use of portable hammocks around campus, which can damage young trees.

“With increasing enrollment more students are enjoying the greenspaces on campus. The Facilities Division noticed the use of hammocks on light poles and small trees,” said Julie Price, Manager of UAB Sustainability. Attaching hammocks to these surfaces is not only damaging, but can be dangerous if the trees and light poles cannot sustain the additional weight and fall.

“USGA students serving on the Tree Campus Advisory Board came up with the idea of creating hammock parks,” Price said. “Students looked at locations and placement of the poles that would make it easy for students to ENO in close groups and stack the hammocks, etc. The project was chosen from a slate of recommended projects and was paid for by the campus beautification fund.”

The park was designed after reviewing similar parks at Governor’s Island in New York City and Hammock Park at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

The project is another way UAB is emphasizing its commitment to trees. The campus was just awarded its third annual designation as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. A tree preservation plan for campus was also implemented last year.