Highland Park neighborhood
|Community||Red Mountain community|
|Meeting site||Highland Racquet Club, (map)|
|Meeting day||2nd Tuesday|
|Neighborhood map||Highland Park|
Highland Park is a neighborhood in Birmingham's Red Mountain community, centered on Highland Avenue in Southside, at the base of the north slope of Red Mountain. Most of the neighborhood's residential areas were developed by the Elyton Land Company as a streetcar suburb offering estate-size lots above the smog of Jones Valley. The neighborhood's curvilinear streets and bowl-shaped parks take advantage of topography for both practical and aesthetic purposes.
In 2011 Highland Park was recognized as one of "America's Great Places" by the American Planning Association.
Highland Park is densely populated, with about 6,000 residents. The Highland Park Neighborhood Association meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Highland Park clubhouse. Elizabeth Sanfelippo is the current neighborhood president. Jessica Powers is vice-president and Judy Jones is secretary.
High school age students are zoned for Woodlawn High School. Highland Park is bordered to the south, across Milner Crescent and Pawnee Avenue by the Redmont Park neighborhood. To the east it abuts the Highland Park Golf Course (former site of Lakeview Park) which is within the bounds of the Forest Park neighborhood. To the north, across University Boulevard is the Southside neighborhood; and to the west, past the Elton B. Stephens Expressway, is the Five Points South neighborhood.
Notable institutions within the neighborhood's borders are St Vincent's Hospital and four small city parks: Hanover, Caldwell, Rhodes and Rushton. The Virginia Samford Theatre, Independent Presbyterian Church, St Symeon Orthodox Church, First Lutheran Church and Unity Church are also in the Highland Park neighborhood. Highland Park hosts several public events, including Do Dah Day each spring.
The neighborhood's historic character is protected locally by the guidelines of the Rhodes Park, Chestnut Hill, Country Club, Hanover Place, and Milner Heights Historic Districts. These districts are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Individually-listed structures in the neighborhood include the Avalon Apartments, Claridge Manor Apartments, the Eugene Enslen residence, and Hanover Court Apartments.
List of Highland Park Neighborhood Presidents
- Dabney, Richard (2006) Birmingham's Highland Park. Images of America Series. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Press. ISBN 9780738543437
- Highland Park website