-- The Garden Club of America presented its prestigious Zone Civic improvement Commendation Tuesday night in Birmingham to the U.S. Steel Corporation for its leadership and philanthropy in the founding of and continuing dedication to Red Mountain Park.The award is a national honor, selected by the Garden Club of America, and is given to an individual or organization for outstanding efforts to enhance, protect, and restore the local environment and community. U.S. Steel was nominated for the award by the Little Garden Club of Birmingham, for its role in making possible the establishment of this 1300-acre signature park, one of the largest urban parks in America. Since Red Mountain Park s inception in 2008, U.S. Steel has been extremely generous, not only in its original contribution of land for the park, land that was once part of the company s vast iron ore mining operation, but in their commitment to seeing the project succeed, said Nancy Long, president of the Little Garden Club of Birmingham. Through this award we have recognized the company s pivotal role in making Birmingham one of the greenest cities with the most open green space, per capita, in the country. We think that in seizing this opportunity, U.S. Steel hasprovided an exceptional model for corporate citizenship, not only for our community, but for the country. About the Little Garden Club of Birmingham and Garden Club of America: The LittleGarden Club of Birmingham, a non-profit organization founded in 1928, is a member club of the Garden Club of America. The Little Garden Club is active in promoting education and awareness locally in the areas of horticulture, conservation and civic improvement, and most recently established the Louise Agee Wrinkle Native Plant Internship in partnership with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Garden Club of America (GCA), founded in 1913, is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. GCA is a national leader in horticulture, conservation and civic improvement with a mission to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications; and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. There are two GCA clubs in Alabama, which are the Little Garden Club of Birmingham and the Red Mountain Garden Club. GCA website: .About Red Mountain Park: Red Mountain Park s 1300-acre wooded site is located 3miles west from Birmingham s I-65 Lakeshore Parkway exit. Visitors enjoy 11 miles of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails, the Red Ore Zip Tour (a 1 -hour zip line adventure through the trees) and the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest (a treetop course with 20 unique rope and cable challenges). Beautiful destination sites the historic Redding Hoist House, the SkyHy Treehouse and glimpses of iron ore mine entrances both surprise and delight Park guests. The park closely mimics the original 1924 Olmstead plan for city parks in Birmingham. The mission statement of Red Mountain Park and Greenway is, To connect our communities through vital urban green space, celebrate our history, restore the natural environment, and provide distinctivefacilities that attract visitors, promote healthy, active lifestyles, and enrich the quality of life for everyone. Upon completion of Phase 2 Development in 2015, the Park will deliver 21 miles of trails; the 6-acre off-leash Remy s Dog Park; picnic pavilions; playgrounds; and a dedicated bike park.
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