Brother Bryan Park
Around the turn of the 19th century, Magnolia Park hosted a small animal menagerie kept by the firemen working from Birmingham Fire Station No. 3. The collection, considered a predecessor to the Birmingham Zoo, was removed after neighbors complained of the noise and odor.
The unremarkable park was beautified in 1971 with the addition of a fenced playground, decorative pools, lighting, and three A-frame, cedar-clad picnic shelters. A tunnel below 21st Street South gave children a safer route to the park from Five Points South. The improvements were designed by Carl Mattil, horticulturist for the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board.