Vestavia Hills is a step closer to building a pedestrian bridge at McCallum Park.
The City Council recently approved a resolution putting up $50,000 as matching funds to build the bridge. The council’s action will hold until the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Foundation denotes those matching funds. The foundation has pledged up to $100,000 for the bridge project.
The matching funds will be added to a $50,000 grant for the bridge project from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
The bridge will connect McCallum Park to 35 acres on the opposite side of Little Shades Creek, which runs through both properties. The Fresh Water Land Trust owns 17.5 acres of the 35 areas and the city the other half.
Vestavia Hills officials hope to build a trail system on its part of the property. The trail system would led to Vestavia Hills High Schools which sits nearby. Vestavia Hills officials have already been informed the city stands to receive $50,000 to build a 1.25 mile walking trail. The trail is expected to cost $120,000 and the bridge more than $200,000.
McCallum Park is named after former Mayor Charles “Scotty” McCallum, who during his tenure from 2000 to 2008 led the city’s efforts to acquire more than 300 acres of green space. The park is about five acres and sits off Rocky Ridge Road at the end of Rosemary Lane.