W. C. Patton Park

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W. C. Patton Park is a 21.1-acre Birmingham city park located between Coosa Street and Sipsey Street, and between 12th and 14th Avenues North in the North Avondale neighborhood of East Birmingham.

The park is named for former educator and NAACP official W. C. Patton, who died in 1997. It adjoins the Shields Conference Center (formerly the Alberta Shields School).

Patton Park was the first new park to be created as part of the Village Creek Linear Park and Retention System Master Plan. In the further development of the Village Creek Greenway as part of the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System, the park would connect to the East Lake Boulevard Trail running up Coosa Street to East Lake Boulevard and around the north of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The park design was commissioned from Birmingham's GreenView Studio and includes picnic tables, an amphitheater, and a walking trail around a small artificial lake created in the park's flood-prone low-lying areas. Benches and shade structures enhance opportunities to enjoy views across the lake.

Accessibility upgrades for the park were completed in 2012. Charles Williams & Associates provided design services and Battle Miller Construction submitted the low bid of $136,650 to complete the work.

Greenwood Park was completed in 2012 in a similar low-lying area directly opposite I-20/59 from W. C. Patton Park.

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