By David Fleming
REV Birmingham President & CEO
In a few days, The World Games will be bringing a few extra thousand people to our city. The excitement in Birmingham is palpable! We’re looking forward to…
- welcoming many first-time visitors and making a great impression (did you know we have nearly 300 volunteer ambassadors who will be stationed across downtown to help visitors around?)
- seeing downtown extra full and vibrant, especially with newly completed projects like City Walk and our very own refreshed 20th Street North streetscape
- watching sumo and speed skating and so many more fascinating sports
- and, most of all, seizing this huge opportunity to showcase the best of Birmingham!
Now, I’ve heard murmurs of worries about the crowd’s impact on downtown office workers who are in or near The World Games footprint or for the ability to visit popular downtown restaurants and bars. I want to take this opportunity to say please don’t avoid downtown during The World Games.
Because this is our time to show the world the vibrancy we’ve been building for years in downtown Birmingham! We need locals to keep going to their favorite downtown restaurants and bars, and we need downtown employees outside the secure TWG perimeter to work downtown just as much as they normally would.
If everyone stays home to avoid the hustle and bustle of The Games, visitors will see only a fraction of the energy, the people, the beauty of Birmingham’s City Center. And you would be missing out on an event of a lifetime coming to our downtown. Don’t you want the world to see the real deal – our active, vibrant downtown? And don’t you want to be able to say you witnessed the world coming to the streets of Birmingham?
Downtown employers and employees – take a close look at the road closure maps released by the City of Birmingham at https://www.birminghamal.gov/bhamready. If your workplace is within the secure perimeter, you will have to make adjustments. Everyone else, please choose to spend time downtown during this historic event! You are an important part of vibrancy downtown – plus, it’ll be amazing to witness and become a part of the extra vibrancy The World Games will bring to our beautiful city.
The second community workshop held at Boutwell Auditorium on July 26th was another opportunity for the public to weigh in on the future of Linn Park. The project consultant team shared insight about the people engaged so far, the place-based assessment of Linn Park, and the preliminary park concept solutions. Keep reading to see the results and how you can play a part in this re-vision!
It’s our favorite time of the month again – Woodlawn Street Market time! Woohoo! This month’s market will be held on August 13, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. and it’s a night market – because we all know how bad that Alabama heat can get! Keep reading to check out the vendors that will be featured at this month’s market.
Well, Birmingham – The World Games 2022 have officially come to an end. All of the hard work our city and community put in to prepare for this event was finally put into motion and we must admit, we are very impressed! Now, before we officially close this chapter, it’s only fair to wrap up this special event with a highlight reel of some of our favorite moments from The World Games 2022!