Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains Bessemer’s parks. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays thru Sundays, including holidays.

 

DeBardeleben Park, in the heart of downtown, is a great location for a summer concert series, such as the Jazz in the Park Concert held each August.

 

 

Roster of City Parks:

Abrams Park: Located on 10th Avenue North and 22nd Street in Bessemer, Abrams Park sits adjacent to Abrams Elementary School. The park is being renovated. It has a baseball field for youth games and a soccer field in the outfield. The concession stand is being renovated. The area also includes newly installed picnic tables.

Alex Bradford Park: Named for Bessemer native and popular jazz musician Alex Bradford. The lighted public park has benches and a fountain. It is located in downtown Bessemer at First Avenue North and 19th Street and currently serves as home to the Bessemer Farmers Market.

Carver Park: Carver Park, located at Second Avenue North and Seventh Street is a large park with a little league baseball field, walking track, picnic and family areas, kiddie equipment and city-owned fields.

Debardeleben Park: Described as an “oasis”, Debardeleben Park is named after the city’s founder Henry Debardeleben. The park is nestled in the heart of downtown. It has picnic tables, a bandstand and a renovated Doughboy statue with the names of local World War I vets from Bessemer inscribed. The park also serves as site of the annual Bob Sykes Blues and BBQ Festival and summer concerts and community gatherings, such as the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Enoch Brown Park: Recently acquired by the city, the park is named for community legend Enoch Brown. The park is currently undergoing renovations.

McNeil Park:Located in the heart of Bessemer’s Pipe Shop community, McNeil Park sits on the site of the former McNeil School. The park has a walking track, two new pavilions, a basketball court, children’s playground and picnic tables. It is also the only site in the city to have an outdoor water feature/splash pad in which children can play and cool off in the hot Alabama summer heat. McNeil Park also serves as a rallying ground for the annual Valley Creek Cleanup and the annual Pipe Shop Day Celebration, both held each August.

Roosevelt Park: Located beside the city’s new Recreation Center Hall Roosevelt Park is home to many features, including a  walking trail, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, an amphitheater,  picnic pavilion and more. A tourist attraction is an old captured German artillery piece which points toward the roadway.

Southside Community Park: This park next to Hard School includes a baseball/softball field for youth sports, picnic tables, basketball goals and will soon feature a new walking track, named in honor of former councilwoman Sarah Belcher. Located at the end of Berkley Avenue and 29th Street South.

To inquire about renting one of the park facilities, contact Bryan Person at (205) 965-5624.

Contact

Alton Woodard

Director

100 14th Street South
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
(205) 428-1124 phone
(205) 428-1533 fax

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