Birmingham is formed by 99 neighborhoods and 23 communities. For the long-term health and prosperity of our city, we cannot simply focus on one neighborhood or one community. We must endeavor to craft a vision that has an eye on all of Birmingham.

This vision begins with connection – and has already been laid out by the Freshwater Landtrust in the form of the Red Rock Trail System. A system that already offers 120 miles of connection with another 600 or so planned through the Jones Valley.

Connection. That’s the key.

But, for long-term success, we have to begin somewhere.

That somewhere is Parkside.

Parkside Today

The work has already begun. Parkside is home to some of the most innovative and exciting projects the city has seen in decades.

Parkside Map
Railroad Park


Since opening in September of 2010, award-winning Railroad Park has become one of the brightest jewels in Birmingham’s civic crown, playing host to cultural events, food festivals and everyday relaxation. Birmingham finally has a back yard.

Railroad Park
Regions Field


Home to the Birmingham Barons baseball team, this state-of-the-art ballpark continues to host around 400,000 visitors annually. It’s the perfect place for family and friends from all over the city to share America’s pastime together, too.

Regions Field
Powell Avenue Steam Plant

Powell Ave
Steam Plant

The historic plant that powered the burgeoning Magic City more than one century ago is getting a second chance. Click the link below to learn more about the history of this Parkside landmark.

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Powell Avenue Steam Plant

Negro League

Birmingham is a city reconciling its future with its past, and the Negro League Museum presents the proud legends of Rickwood Field next to the bright hopes of Regions Field.

Negro Southern League Museum
Context Map

Central to the City

Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham — bounded on the north by Railroad Park, the south by 4th Avenue South and the Medical District, the east by 20th Street South, and the west by I-65 — the Parkside District is the versatile mixed-use district that the Magic City has always needed.

Light Rails Underpass


What’s a city without art? International light artist Bill FitzGibbons installed a gorgeous spectrum of LED lights to illuminate the viaducts connecting north and south, creating a little piece of magic. FitzGibbons's LightRails was the first in a series of four viaduct lighting projects, known collectively as Birmingham Lights.

Merita Bread Factory


The former Merita bakery provides the district with office spaces and a restaurant that overlooks Railroad Park and Regions Field.

Good People Brewing Co.

Good People
Brewing Co.

In a city often defined by its food, Good People Brewing Co. spearheaded a beer renaissance, creating nationally beloved—and more importantly, delicious—ales in the heart of the South.

Good People Brewing

The Parkside experience:

  • Sophisticated urban living
  • Homegrown and national retail
  • First-rate restaurants and breweries
  • The beautiful and award-winning Railroad Park
  • Game day action at Regions Field
Publix at 20 Midtown

Publix at
20 Midtown

Downtown Birmingham has been without a full service grocery for decades, but coming soon to the corner of 20th Street and Third Avenue South is the City’s newest Publix.

The Stockyard


Birmingham’s first crowd-sourced commercial development features space for offices.

LIV Parkside


A cornerstone of Parkside’s future as a mixed-use district, the six-story LIV Parkside development includes ground floor retail in addition to 228 apartment units.



The Urban Connector

Parkside plays a lead role in the rebirth of downtown Birmingham. Central and accessible to the whole city, the district links important green spaces and neighborhoods from east to west and north to south. Railroad Park and Parkside are a major urban trail head for the Jones Valley Trail Corridor. It is the place for us to come together as one city.

Within easy walking distance of the historic Central Business District, the Loft District, UAB, Five Points South and more, Parkside also serves as an urban trailhead to begin your exploration of Birmingham on a human scale, at a human pace—whether that’s on foot, your bike, skateboard, rollerblades, or with the kids in strollers, Parkside is a great jumping off point to experience Birmingham.

The Freshwater Land Trust has developed the Red Rock Trail System to connect the Jones Valley.
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Crafting the Parkside of Tomorrow

Our vision stitches back connections from east to west and north to south. It’s already begun as we’ve created places for people from all over Birmingham to come together. Yet, you’ve seen nothing yet. We will continue the transformation by creating two new, yet complementary destinations within the Parkside district.

Places that will pay tribute to our region’s industrial past, yet are also fresh, vibrant and new. We will start this transformation by creating two new unique, yet complementary destinations within Parkside.

Urban Supply is the re-envisioning of two blocks immediately west of Regions Field where food, fun and fitness combine to become a hub of urban activity.

Urban Supply

Plans for the historic steam plant are underway to create a true entertainment destination for the citizens of Birmingham.

Powell Steam Plant

Making a Connection

Saturdays and Sundays in May, we’re converting First Avenue South into a car-free, multi-use trail modeled after The Open Streets Project.

Come explore your city, learn about new things coming to the city soon and sample some goods from local retailers and restaurants popping up at the western end of the trail to help support local during these crazy times.

When:  Saturdays and Sundays in May from Noon to 8 p.m.

Where:  1st Avenue S between 12th and 20th Streets S

Businesses joining us this weekend – May 16 & 17: 

Faith SkateGood People BrewingHero DoughnutsInfinite SoapsRed Cat CoffeeRedemptive CyclesSteel City PopsTortugas Homemade Pizza


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