Village Creek, which flows through the heart of Birmingham, was once considered one of the most polluted streams in Alabama. Today, thanks to the Freshwater Land Trust, there is new hope. The Freshwater Land Trust has gathered together community, nonprofit, city and business leaders who are working together to transform Village Creek into a community asset. This group, called the Champions for Village Creek Greenway, is directing efforts to create a system of greenways, parks and trails that will improve the water quality and the quality of life for residents in the Village Creek watershed.
The mission of the Champions for Village Creek Greenway is to engage and educate the community in the development of a series of parks and greenways along Village Creek with the goal of improving water quality and the quality of life for the community.
The Freshwater Land Trust has hired Auburn University’s Urban Studio to create a master greenway plan for Village Creek. This greenway plan will serve as the blueprint for park and trail development in the Village Creek Watershed.
Engage and educate the community in the development of a series of parks and greenways along Village Creek with the goal of improving water quality and the quality of life for the community.
The Birth of the Village Creek Greenway
The Freshwater Land Trust’s Champions for Village Creek Greenway, the Southern Environmental Center and the Jefferson County Department of Health have teamed up to construct and maintain a trail that starts near the headwaters of Village Creek, made possible through funding from a Five Star National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant in partnership with Southern Company.
Plans for the Village Creek Greenway, which will eventually stretch 26 miles from Roebuck to Ensley, include viewing stations and signage which will educate visitors about the efforts to restore and beautify Village Creek.
Help Build a Trail
Contact the Village Creek Watershed
Coordinator at 205.417.2777
The Village Creek Greenway will provide ample recreational opportunities to area residents. Construction of the Village Creek Greenway will also help improve the creek’s water quality. Bioswales to be constructed along the greenway will capture storm water runoff and serve as natural filtration systems before water enters the creek. Through restoration projects and volunteer work days, invasive plants like privet will be removed to enhance wetlands surrounding the creek in efforts to reduce flooding.