Vestavia Hills is a beautiful, family-friendly community that offers many venues for recreation, gathering, and events. Some of these spaces are available at no cost (reservations may be required), and others involve rental and arrangements. Please follow the links for additional information about these venues. If no contact is listed, please call 205.978.0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chilton Walker Garden
U.S. Highway 31 N at Shades Crest Road
Also known as the Men’s Garden Club Corner, the Chilton Walker garden is located at the intersection of Shades Crest Road and U.S. Highway 31 across from Sibyl Temple. While visible from the main road, this garden has a secluded ambiance with a small path and few benches. No onsite parking or facilities.
City Hall Green
1032 Montgomery Highway; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205.978.0100
Located at the front of our City Hall, the City Hall Green is a spacious and inviting public green with an amphitheater. Since the High Notes grand opening celebration in October of 2015, the City Hall Green has been the scene of several outstanding public events with many more to come in the future as the new City Hall will be not only the center of Vestavia Hills’ municipal government, but also the center of the City’s community life.
1032 Montgomery Highway; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205.978.0100
State-of-the-art meeting chamber for our City Council features front and side screen projection. Groups needing space for a community meeting may request the use of the Council Chamber when it is available. The Council Chamber has theater seating for 120, standing room for 145, and classroom style seating for around 50.
Library in the Forest
1221 Montgomery Highway; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205.978.0155
The Library in the Forest has several inviting spaces that can be rented. All have wi-fi access. For more information, visit vestavialibrary.org.
- The Community Room is one of our largest meeting spaces, great for wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, business conferences, etc. It accommodates 140 standing or seated in chairs or 90 seated at tables.
- The Treehouse is a more intimate space overlooking the wooded Boulder Canyon Trail, and it accommodates 20 in a more informal setting.
- The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue that connects directly both to the Library building and to the Boulder Canyon Nature Trail. Musical performances are often held there. Accommodates up to 125.
- The Rooftop Garden is a patio greenspace overlooking the front of the Library. Accommodates up to 100.
New Merkel House
4405 Dolly Ridge Road; Vestavia Hills, AL 35243; 205.967.5977
New Merkel House is a white, columned building with a gracious second story porch and a kitchenette upstairs. During the day, New Merkel House is the site of our senior lunch program for the Cahaba Heights area. Currently, only the downstairs room is available for community groups. The room accommodates 50. Parking is onsite.
Park Pavilions & Pool
1733 Merryvale Road; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205.978.0166
1 pavilion that seats 50 persons.
Rosemary Lane; Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
3 pavilions that each seat 6 persons. No reservations are taken; first-come-first-served.
1973 Merryvale Road; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205.978.0166
May be reserved through Parks & Recreation. Open annually, Memorial Day through Labor Day.*
* Pool currently under construction. Anticipated to be available summer 2020.
U.S. Highway 31 N at Canyon Road; 205.9788.0100
Located on U.S. Highway 31, this is property is under the purview of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). Please call 205.978.0100 or email email@example.com for more information.
U.S. Highway 31 S at Shades Crest Road
Sibyl Temple is an iconic landmark situated on a bluff and has been with Vestavia Hills through the city’s early history. The Temple now serves as a gateway to the northern entrance of the City.
George Ward, former mayor of Birmingham, designed Sibyl Temple as a replica of the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli, Italy, near Rome. It was the garden gazebo of his Vestavia estate for which the City is named. In his garden it was the entrance to a bird sanctuary and it was the scene of many colorful parties. Vestavia Hills Baptist Church purchased the property in 1958 and had the house demolished in 1971, but spared the Temple, donating it to the Vestavia Hills Garden Club.
In 1976, the Vestavia Hills Garden Club had Harbert Construction Corporation relocate Sibyl Temple from the former estate to the northern limit of Vestavia Hills at the crest of Shades Mountain. Placement of the Temple upon this highly visible precipice on U.S. Highway 31 established it as the symbol of the City. The Garden Club has maintained the Temple as a special project since then. The Temple appears in the official seal of Vestavia Hills.
In 1985, the Temple was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks, and the sign bearing the State seal was installed to the site in 2008. In 2015, the City was awarded a grant from the Alabama Historical Association to assist with the restoration of the Temple.
Hours & Event Information
Sibyl Temple is one of Vestavia Hills’ top tourist attractions, and it is a sought-after location for weddings, photography, small gatherings and picnics, and is open to the public from 7 a.m. to sunset, except when reserved. Sibyl Temple has on-site parking, restrooms and picnic tables. For more information or to reserve Sibyl Temple, call 205.978.0100 or click here for Wedding and Event Guidelines.
Brick Campaign & Restoration
Seize the opportunity to honor a loved one or memorialize your love for Vestavia Hills by purchasing a brick for the Sibyl Temple grounds. Funds will go toward the restoration and maintenance of this iconic landmark of the City. To purchase a brick, download and complete the Sibyl Temple Buy-a-Brick Campaign Form. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Near 1973 Merryvale Road; Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; 205;978.0166
The Lodge is a rustic building with wrap around porches on three sides and a parking lot separate from the rest of the Civic Center and Wald Park complex. Includes a kitchen and wet bar, large fire place, large rest rooms/ dressing rooms, and a small side room. It accommodates 295 standing and 200 seated.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center
1733 Merryvale Road; Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216; 205.978.0166
The VHCC has two indoor event spaces: the Vestavian Room and the Dogwood Room (for larger gatherings). The Vestavian Room has a kitchen and wet bar; the Dogwood Room has a wet bar and accommodates larger gatherings.