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Birmingham's Railroad Park to open in September |

Birmingham's Railroad Park to open in September | Downtown Birmingham's new $25 million Railroad Park will open to the public Sept. 18, after decades of dreaming and a year and a half spent transforming a vacant, weedy lot into a rolling landscape of flowers and trees, lakes, streams and green lawns.
Envisioned as a green magnet to draw those who live and work downtown and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the project aims to create an outdoor "living room for the city."
"This is a 20-year dream for the city of Birmingham," said Mayor William Bell. "It makes a statement that we are a city of the 21st century. We are giving homage to the past and celebrating our future."
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Railroad Park in progress |

More than any other reporter in Birmingham I recognized and reported on what was taking shape at with the development of downtown's Railroad Park. 
Railroad Park in progress | A flat, weedy and vacant tract stretching eight city blocks has been sculpted into rolling terrain, ranging from deep ponds to sloping hillsides.

From a high mound at the park's north east corner along what will be a bicycle and jogging path, the downtown skyline towers to the north. UAB rises to the south and Vulcan and the green of Red Mountain cup the horizon. The flow of traffic moves along Interstate 65 in the distance. Trains provide a moving backdrop.

"You get a sense of all the city right here," said Giles Perkins, a local lawyer and presi dent of the private, nonprofit Railroad Park Foundation, which is leading development of the park in conjunction with the city of Birmingham.