Brother Bryan Park
|Brother Bryan Park|
|Birmingham City Parks|
|Location||2100 Magnolia Avenue, (map)|
Five Points South
Brother Bryan Park (formerly Magnolia Park) is a 2.2-acre Birmingham city park located between 21st Street South and 22nd Street South and between Magnolia Avenue and 10th Avenue South in the Five Points South neighborhood.
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.
The use of the park by people experiencing homelessness has drawn complaints from residents and business owners. Birmingham City Council member Valerie Abbott, who had been sent "explicit video" of people there described the park as, "an embarrassment to the city of Birmingham."
- "Magnolia Park: A beautiful example of civic pride" (July 1971) The Birmingham News via Birmingham Rewound
- Hedgepeth, Lee (August 24, 2023) "[https://birminghamwatch.org/in-the-shadow-of-brother-bryan-homeless-living-in-park-draw-ire-sympathy/ In the Shadow of Brother Bryan: Homeless Living in Park Draw Ire, Sympathy." BirminghamWatch