Brown Springs neighborhood

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Brown Springs is a neighborhood in the East Lake community of Birmingham. It was historically an agricultural area with fields and orchards. The settlement was centered around a natural spring on the outskirts of the city. 73rd Street provided an access point to the mining roads on Ruffner Mountain, just south of the community.

In the 1950s the spring head was sealed and the neighborhood was connected to the Birmingham Water Works.

A recently announced 500-acre expansion of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center holds the promise that a new entrance to the park may be sited in Brown Springs.

The Browns Springs neighborhood association, which meets every 3rd Thursday at 7:00 PM at the East Lake Library, is presided over by George Lee, Jr. Past presidents include Mary McCloud, and Ossie Ware Mitchell, one of the creators of the Citizens Participation Plan who served as neighborhood president for 26 years.


In 2006 the Brown Springs Ecoscape was dedicated. The aim was to restore the historical community gathering place around the re-opened spring. The project qualified Brown Springs to apply to the NUSA "Neighborhood of the Year" award. In April 2006 it learned that it was a finalist for the national prize, which will be announced in late May.


  • Singleton, William C. III (April 12, 2006) "Neighborhood association up for national recognition." Birmingham News
  • City of Birmingham (July 24, 2001) "Regular Meeting of the Council of the City of Birmingham" minutes. [1] - accessed April 24, 2006

External links

  • Arnold's garden, a weblog about the creation of the Brown Springs ecoscape.