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Off-leash dog park announced for Red Mountain Park thanks to $200,000 contribution

RMP Dog Park MAPTuesday afternoon visitors to Red Mountain Park’s fan page on Facebook were asked to guess the next big thing happening at the 1,200 acre property on the city’s west side. It looks like there will be a lot of happy dogs (& dog owners) based on the responses received and what we know now.

The Terminal has learned that Red Mountain Park is receiving a $200,000 contribution courtesy of a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to construct of a 6-acre off-leash dog park. Remy’s Dog Park (PDF of site map) will be named in honor of local auctioneer Ken Jackson’s late Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix. The final total grew from an initial $100,000 allotment to the park from the ‘Mac & Tosh’ donor advised fund established by Jackson in memory of two other pets.

According to a press release, Jackson said, “[t]his is the most gratifying – and fun – endeavor I’ve been involved with” since establishing a fund in Remy’s name for pets and animal services at the Community Foundation in 2010.

The space will be the largest off-leash dog park in the city of Birmingham and will be able to handle both large and small dogs in addition to special needs dogs. It is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year and plans call for amenities including hoses for on-site baths and drinking water for our four-legged friends.

Red Mountain Park’s fund board co-chair, Tom Carruthers, III, recognizes the benefits the newest addition to the park will provide. “Remy’s Dog Park will draw visitors who might not otherwise consider visiting Red Mountain Park for hiking and biking.” He points out that it plays into plans to grow awareness and attendance to the park as well.  “Our strategic plan of development includes multiple destinations appealing to every age group with varied interests.”

Dave Dionne, the park’s executive director, believes that “everything is better when multiple partners joyfully collaborate to provide things our community genuinely needs. Partners who have identified like-minded missions will always have more dynamic outcomes than those working alone.”

To that end, two “Doggie Work Days” are planned for July 13 and 14 to give volunteers an opportunity to help start clearing the park site. They will both take place from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Park officials are encouraging the public to call 205.202.6043 if they are interested in volunteering to prepare the site.

The dates for the work days also happen to coincide with the last two days folks are allowed to vote in Coca-Cola’s fourth annual America is Your Park campaign. Red Mountain Park – and other area parks – are eligible for up to $100,000 in recreation grants based on the numbers of votes received.

Alabama Gives begins at midnight on Thursday

Alabama Gives Day logoFor those who spend a great deal of time online, you’ve no doubt already received a notice from your favorite local or statewide charity about it. Your friends may have changed their profile images on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ (where, incidentally, we have a page) in recent days to what could become a familiar logo.

The Alabama Association for Nonprofits is joining forces with the Alabama Association of Broadcasters and Razoo to present the first ever Alabama Gives Day. As of this posting, there were 1,427 organizations taking part in this 24 hour fundraising event that helps to highlight what nonprofits across the state of Alabama are doing. Some of the local organizations have taken to some rather creative online campaigns, like  the video being used by Vulcan Park featuring their lovable mascot “V”.

Be aware that you’ve got to make your donations on February 2 (read: not this evening or this weekend) in order for it to count towards what could be the largest single day of fundraising in the history of the state. If the numbers included in the event’s press release from December are any indication, it could be a big day for many organizations.

Just in case you’re still wondering what the event’s all about, check out the commercial created to help publicize the event on television and online. The fun starts at midnight.

National Pancake Day is almost here!

National Pancake Day logoTuesday morning brings with a chance to enjoy a tasty tradition, while giving you an opportunity to support an extremely worthy cause.

IHOP will once again give away one short stack (read: three (3) buttermilk pancakes) per dine-in customer at participating restaurants as part of their National Pancake Day celebration. They hope that you’ll in return leave a donation and help them raise $2.3 million for the Children’s Miracle Network.

The network includes our own Children’s Hospital located on Birmingham’s Southside. They happened to send out a friendly reminder via Twitter on Monday afternoon. All four Birminghamarea locations will be participating this year.

This is the first time in five years that the promotion will not take place on Fat (Shrove) Tuesday but a week earlier.

BigBham lends a hand to Jimmie Hale Mission this holiday

Jimmie Hale Mission logoBigBham, a Birmingham, AL-based website and e-mail marketing company associated with BirminghamMenus.com, has found a way to spread the holiday spirit. They are asking their more than 15,000 subscribers to their emails to donate to the Jimmie Hale Mission.

The ask started on December 20 and will continue through tomorrow (Thursday) evening. BigBham owner Nate Schmidt has been quoted by news outlets about the project about how it came to be:

“We called the Jimmie Hale Mission and asked if they would let us run a ‘deal in reverse’, instead of getting an amazing deal this week, people can give one.”

The site kicked it off by purchasing 100 meals themselves. So far more than 1,500 meals have been purchased with 100% of all proceeds going to the nonprofit.

You’ve got until Thursday. Don’t forget you can give to Jimmie Hale Mission all year long.

Birmingham prepares to light new tree

The new tree arrives. acnatta/FlickrThe City of Birmingham will light this replacement Christmas tree tomorrow morning in Linn Park at 9:30 a.m. It arrived shortly after 3 p.m. this afternoon.

A crane and city crews were waiting to put the 30’+ tree into position so that those interested in helping decorate it may – beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The new tree was retrieved from nearby Tarrant and donated by 98.7 Kiss FM and Cox Radio as a replacement for the one that was burned down Wednesday morning as vandals attempted to steal its lights for copper.

Photo: The new tree arrives. acnatta/Flickr

‘Tis a season for children and hope

Photo: Special to bhamterminal.com

Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital received a $5,000 gaming system earlier today capable of playing Xbox and Wii™ games courtesy of artist Michael Hunt, former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker and a guy who’s already probably given Alabama fans a pretty nice holiday gift already, Nick Saban.

Saban signed 5,000 prints of a lithograph created by Hunt celebrating the history of Alabama football and one of those was presented to the hospital by Barker and Hunt along with the game system earlier today. 

The prints are currently available via a special website with a portion of the proceeds going to children’s charities throughout the state, including the hospital. You can visit the site for more information, or just check out the press release.

Belk celebrated a new beginning Friday


Friday morning saw a line of more than 250 people waiting to get their first look at the completed renovation and expansion of the Belk department store located at The Summit along U.S. 280 into one of the company’s flagship locations. Early morning shoppers were also able to watch as representatives from the Birmingham chapter of the American Heart Association‘s Heart Guild received a check from the Belk Foundation (and company president Johnny Belk) for $5,000.