Friends of Charles Linn Park
The Friends of Charles Linn Park is a non-profit organization established to support the maintenance and improvement of Birmingham's Linn Park. It was originally founded in 1982 as the Friends of Woodrow Wilson Park to raise funds for a major public/private renovation of what was then called Woodrow Wilson Park.
The Friends group was incorporated on February 4, 1983 by Michael Calvert of Operation New Birmingham, landscape architect Nimrod Long, and Southern Progress editor-at-large Philip Morris. It raised more than $250,000 toward the $2.5 million cost of the renovations and coordinated with the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County to apply private funds to specific elements of the park where the Friends judged that awarding contracts through public bidding was not in the best interest of the design intent.
Since that time, the Friends of Charles Linn Park have participated in various projects to improve and maintain the park, including a 2006 effort to repair and conserve the Mary Cahalan statue sculpted by Giuseppe Moretti.