The City of Vestavia has many parks available for public recreation including many with playgrounds, picnic tables, trails and much more! Follow the links below for more details about our recreational facilities. For more information regarding park rules and reservations, click: Park Rules, or contact our Parks and Recreation office at 205.978.0166.
Boulder Canyon Nature Trail
1289 Montgomery Highway, 35216
(Between Vestavia Hills Elementary Central and the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest)
Boulder Canyon Nature Trail is a beautiful wooded hike hidden in the midst of one of the busiest areas in our City along U.S. 31. The trail begins at the Library in the Forest and ends at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central. Boulder Canyon Nature Trail was preserved through the volunteer efforts of Keep Vestavia Green in partnership with the City of Vestavia Hills and features a nature trail, bridge and waterfall. Reservations are not available.
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.
1975 Merryvale Road, 35216
Open Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Gym & Game Room
Effective March through October, the front of the Recreation Center, including the gym and game room, will open and close as follows:
- Monday-Thursday: 7am-6:30pm
- Friday: 7am-5pm
- Saturday: 8am-4pm
- Sunday: 1pm-6pm
Scheduled classes will continue as normal until 9pm Monday-Thursday in the back of the building.
Effective November-February, the front of the Recreation Center, including the gym and game room, will open and close as follows:
- Monday-Friday: 7am-9pm
- Saturday: 8am-6pm
- Sunday: 1pm-6pm
General 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.
1090 Montgomery Highway, 35216
In addition to the current Recreation Center, the Community Building (formerly Gold’s Gym) is open temporarily to Rec Center members effective September 4, 2018 and will be open Monday through Friday evenings from 5-9pm. (Please note that access to the Community Building is only temporary. The building will be closed for renovations in the near future with a specific date TBD.)
Amenities available for use at the Community Building are the basketball gym, overhead walking track and racquetball court. The pool will only be used for scheduled programming, i.e. swim lessons, water aerobics classes, etc. Open or free swim are not being offered. Click here for the list of available Aquatic Programming.
Current Rec Center Members: Show your badge and sign in to access the amenities at both the Rec Center and Community Building. If you have lost your badge and need a replacement, visit the Rec Center (not the Community Building) during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, and pay a $5 replacement fee.
New Rec Center Members: Membership is FREE for Vestavia Hills residents with the provision of 2 forms of proof of residency. To obtain a membership badge, visit the Rec Center (not the Community Building) during normal office hours weekly, Monday through Friday. (Online badge application is not currently available.)
Non-residents: Non-residents may utilize the facilities, but must be accompanied by a resident member. The non-member cost is $5 per day. Only 2 non-resident guests per member are allowed per day.
Liberty Park Sports Complex
4700 Sicard Hollow Road, 35242
Features two playgrounds, soccer fields and softball fields. Reservations are not available.
3332 Rosemary Lane, 35216
A passive park with pavilions, trails, restrooms and an open field that caters to fun days at the park. There are grills to cook over open flames, and Little Shades Creek meanders through the park. It is located at the end of Rosemary Lane, which is connected to Rocky Ridge Road. Reservations are not available, but groups planning to utilize this park should notify Parks and Recreation by calling 205.978.0166. McCallum Park can not accommodate groups larger than 50.
New Merkel House
4405 Dolly Ridge Road, 35243
The New Merkel House opened in 1994 as a center for community gatherings. It is currently used primarily as a senior center. For more information regarding New Merkel House, contact Melanie Perry at 205.967.5977.
Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex
4851 Sicard Hollow Road, 35242
(Playground is adjacent to the SHAC athletic complex.)
Open 6:30am to sunset
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.
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.
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.
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.
3334 Shallowford Road, 35216
Shallowford Park is a small, neighborhood playground with no parking. Reservations are not available.
Wald Park and Pool
1973 Merryvale Road, 35216
Wald Park features multiple baseball fields, a walking track, the Vestavia Hills Swimming Pool, picnic areas, the Civic Center, the Senior Lodge and a Community Playground. The pavilion at Wald Park may be rented for $25/hour for less than 30 people and $50/hour for less than 100 people. For more information regarding pavilion reservations/rental, call 205.978.0166.