Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Railroad Park

After getting her first flu mist vaccine Saturday morning, Anna June had something to look forward to: a visit to Birmingham's brand new Railroad Park. Thanks to a lot of hype by the news media and first-hand accounts from friends, I knew that this would be a great place for AJ to play. She wanted to just go to the dog park, but instead we took Radar downtown to this lovely, four-block park. You can read more about the park here.

We ran into friends also checking it out for the first time, and we also met up with Patrick and Liz. Anna June had a good time showing them the playground, where she could climb, slide and swing until her heart was content.

We thought AJ would be more interested in the trains going by, due to her recent obsession with Thomas the train, but, alas, animated trains are more interesting than real, scary, loud ones. The grownups thought they were pretty cool, though.

We'll definitely be going back, although since our visit Anna June has asked to return to the dog park and also to Crestwood Park - we drove past and it jogged her memory. I hope the City of Birmingham can keep Railroad Park as nice as it is and take some of that momentum and revitalize Crestwood Park, and Avondale Park, and the list goes on and on!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, it really IS right by the train tracks. We got lost in a train area once when we were down there, I want to say we were on the opposite side of the free way from St. Vincents HOSP ?( I think)..........anywhere near the new park? This got me remembering... at the end of my Grandma Mejchars block there were tracks. Every time we would hear a train whistle, every one would run as fast as possible down there to watch, and wave at the Caboose man; it was thrilling for us. And Hobos from the trains would come knockin at Grandmas door for something to eat. She always fed them, because she said you never knew when it might be Jesus in disguise. I know now that Hobos put a secret mark on friendly houses.....anyway, AJ might like trains better as she grows. Love , Granny