Parks & Recreation

COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Guidelines

The mission of the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation department is to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Vestavia Hills. Whether it’s a pocket park for small children, a community space for seniors, or a world-class athletic facility for competitive sports, we are committed to meeting the recreational needs of the community. The Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation department is governed by the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board and is well supported by the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Youth Athletics

In Vestavia Hills, we offer a wide range of athletic programs. Each league handles its own registration and operations, so those interested in participating in a sport should contact the league directly. The City is happy to help if you experience any difficulties accessing the information or contacting the leagues. For assistance, call 205.978.0166 or email Parks & Recreation Superintendent Jason Burnett. For field conditions, call 205.978.0220. Also you may register at www.statusme.com for instant alerts of our field conditions.

Parks & Facilities

The City of Vestavia has many parks available for public recreation including many with playgrounds, picnic tables, trails and much more! Click here for Park Rules & Reservations information or contact our Parks & Recreation office at 205.978.0166.

You may also CLICK HERE view park and facility availability online.

 

Boulder Canyon Nature Trail  |  1289 Montgomery Highway, 35216

Boulder Canyon Nature Trail is a beautiful wooded hike tucked away along U.S. 31. The trail begins at the Library in the Forest (1221 Montgomery Highway, 35216) and features a nature trail, bridge and waterfall. The trail was preserved through the volunteer efforts of Keep Vestavia Green in partnership with the City of Vestavia Hills. Reservations are not available.

Byrd Park  |  2109 Tyson Drive, 35216

Byrd Park features a walking track and a playground. There are also picnic areas in the park. Reservations are not available.

Cahaba Heights Park  |  4401 Dolly Ridge Road, 35243

Cahaba Heights Park is CLOSED FOR EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS but will reopen summer 2020. In addition to open green space, the newly renovated park will feature multiple baseball fields, a dog park and community playground. For more information regarding Cahaba Heights Park, call 205.978.0166.

Civic Center  |  1973 Merryvale Road, 35216

Business Office Open Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Room Rental Information
Non-Profit Info

Civic Center
Hours of operation, March through October:
– Monday-Thursday: 7am-9pm
– Friday: 7am-5pm
– Saturday: 8am-4pm
– Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Hours of operation, November-February:
– Monday-Friday: 7am-9pm
– Saturday: 8am-6pm
– Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Rules & Regulations
– The minimum age for the inside jogging track is 12 years.
– The Recreation Center is not responsible for money lost in the vending machines. Refunds cannot be made.
– Please help keep our facility clean by placing all trash in the proper receptacles.
– Please observe the NO SMOKING signs.

Community Building  |  1090 Montgomery Highway, 35216

The Community Building (formerly Gold’s Gym) is under renovation and slated to open fall 2021. Amenities will include meeting spaces, basketball courts and much more!

Liberty Park Sports Complex  |  4700 Sicard Hollow Road, 35242

Features two playgrounds, soccer fields and softball fields. Reservations are not available.

McCallum Park  |  3332 Rosemary Lane, 35216

A passive park with pavilions, trails, restrooms and a large, open green space. There are grills to cook over open flames (personal grills not allowed in parks), and Little Shades Creek meanders through the park. It is located at the end of Rosemary Lane (off of Rocky Ridge Road). Reservations are not available, but groups planning to utilize this park should notify Parks & Recreation by calling 205.978.0166. McCallum Park can not accommodate groups larger than 50.

New Merkel House  |  4405 Dolly Ridge Road, 35243

The former New Merkel House opened in 1994 as a center for community gatherings and, lately, was used primarily as a senior center. A new New Merkel House is currently under construction and slated to open spring 2021. For more information regarding New Merkel House, contact Melanie Perry at 205.967.5977

Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex  |  4851 Sicard Hollow Road, 35242

Open 6:30am to sunset; Playground is adjacent to the SHAC athletic complex.

BCBS Walking Trail: Blue Cross Blue Shield is the sole sponsor of the trail system, which also connects to the SHAC athletic fields. Looping the entire park, including the athletic fields, is approximately 1.3 miles. Looping just on the trail in the new park is approximately 0.8 miles.

Pavilion: A beautiful covered area that includes six picnic tables and a small room which may be utilized as a receiving line for food and drinks. Restrooms are located on back end of pavilion. For information regarding pavilion reservations/rental, call 205.978.0166.

Playground (ADA Accessible): The community park at SHAC boasts Vestavia’s first ADA accessible playground with features specifically designed for autistic children. Adult fitness stations can also be found at this location.

Splash Pad: Hours 9am to Sunset; May 1 – September 30. Hours will be adjusted seasonally. Water sprays are controlled by a button on the black stand. Once activated, water will run for approximately 15 minutes and turns off automatically. To continue playing, press the button on the black stand and water comes back on. The splash pad can not be reserved/rented.

Shallowford Park  |  3334 Shallowford Road, 35216

Shallowford Park is a small, neighborhood playground with no parking. Reservations are not available.

Wald Park & Aquatic Complex  |  1973 Merryvale Road, 35216

Wald Park will be CLOSED FOR EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS beginning July 29, 2019. Click here for project information and activity updates. In addition to open green space, the newly renovated Wald Park will feature multiple baseball fields (including a Miracle League Field), a walking track, aquatic complex (including competition and leisure pools), picnic areas, a dog park, walking trails, tennis complex and community playgrounds. For more information regarding Wald Park, call 205.978.0166.

Aquatic Complex Membership:
The new Aquatic Complex is schedule to open late summer 2020! The date to begin pool membership application acceptance is TBD.

Policies

Contact Us

Mailing Address: 1973 Merryvale Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
205.978.0166  |  Fax 205.978.0174

Public Services Director
Brian Davis | 205.978.0150 | bdavis@vhal.org

Superintendent I (Athletics and Recreation)
Jason Burnett | 205.978.0177 jburnett@vhal.org

Superintendent I (Seniors and Programming)
Sandi Wilson | 205.978.0163swilson@vhal.org

Business Office Manager
B.J. Dubose | 205.978.0167  bdubose@vhal.org

Administrative Assistant
Kim Evans | 205.978.0171  kevans@vhal.org

Office Clerk – Reservations
Cricket Parker | 205.978.0166  mparker@vhal.org

Office Clerk – Reservations
Shirley Johnson | 205.978.0166  sjohnson@vhal.org

Athletic Programs Coordinator (Pool)
Jeff Corley | 205.978.0166  jcorley@vhal.org

Recreation Leader
Jim Treest | 205.978.0166  jtreest@vhal.org

Maintenance Superintendent
Bobby McDaniel | 205.978.0166  bmcdaniel@vhal.org

Wald Park Maintenance
205.999.8238

Liberty Park/Cahaba Heights Maintenance
205.999.8237

Parks & Recreation Board
Parks & Recreation Foundation