A work in progress for nearly five years, CityWalk BHAM continues to gather momentum as a space imagined and realized by the community, for the community. While conceptual planning began in 2014, this project has had to adapt to many changes since its inception, including a massive I-59/20 bridge construction job.
Now, through community engagement that includes public input meetings and active social media, the vision of this project continues to come into sharper focus based on the ideas and desires of those who will use the space. And very soon, CityWalk BHAM will be a unique and vibrant destination that will enliven and strengthen the entire Birmingham community.
Our approach to creating public spaces works a little differently than other projects you might have seen. We like to engage in a community-driven process, which begins with you telling us what you want the space to look like and what kinds of activities you want to do there. Everyone’s input is carefully recorded and considered. Then, we figure out the cost for the things you want. Design is the last phase of this process; it only happens after the programming and budgeting phases have been completed.
When we say “programming,” we’re referring to a variety of amenities that are available to the public for use anytime that the space is open. We build on daily amenities with “core programs,” which will probably include fitness classes and a wide range of other activities. Those programs are, in turn, supplemented with activities that occur once a week or once a month. We also anticipate a small number of large events, like concerts, holiday celebrations or festivals. And once again, everything we’re discussing is for the public – no exceptions!
Public Engagement and
Programming for Public Space
Engineering and Design
for Public Space
Public Space Bid Date
Birmingham World Games