Kiwanis Centennial Park
Kiwanis Centennial Park is an enhancement and extension of Vulcan Park realized as a project of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The $5 million project included a number of distinct elements intended as a means of "invigorating Vulcan's role as the unifying symbol of Birmingham," according to the club's president, Tom Thagard. The project was announced in November 2016, and was dedicated on March 20, 2018.
The primary component of the project was a renovation of the northern part of the park, providing a publicly-accessible connection from Vulcan Trail to the upper area, where the visitors' center and statue are located. A new paved plaza, called "Kiwanis Centennial Park", features a fountain and provides new space for events. Creating the visual connection between the two areas involved removing a number of large trees.
Another major enhancement to the park included a multi-colored projected light installation onto the statue and pedestal. The design was originally commissioned from Chicago, Illinois-based architectural lighting consultant Schuler Shook, but the final design was contracted from Marc Brickman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new light show debuted as part of the "Thunder on the Mountain" fireworks show on July 4, 2018.
- Edgemon, Erin (November 15, 2016) "Birmingham Kiwanis Club commits $4 million to Vulcan Park trail expansion, light show." The Birmingham News
- Rebman, Stephanie (May 19, 2017) "Kiwanis Club breaking ground on new park at Vulcan." Birmingham Business Journal
- Edgemon, Erin (May 20, 2017) "Construction starts on Kiwanis Club of Birmingham funded Vulcan Park improvement project." The Birmingham News
- Edgemon, Erin (December 28, 2017) "Vulcan Park improvements, light show to be complete in February." The Birmingham News
- West, Ty (March 21, 2018) "New Vulcan Trail, Kiwanis Centennial Park debut atop Red Mountain." Birmingham Business Journal
- Saetre, Julie (September 10, 2018) "Rust never sleeps: The largest Kiwanis club in the world works to restore an iconic community statue and surrounding park" Kiwanis magazine