The Shady Street Trailhead Park is a project funded by the City of Montgomery that aims to revitalize an old community swept away by the addition of the interstate. The City of Montgomery and the Experiential Education and Engagement Center are partnering to revitalize the area with the Shady Street Trailhead Park. The Shady Street park sits where many of the old lots were. Many of those lots will become part of a new park, which is part of a larger plan to expand downtown riverfront activities and connect them to neglected areas of north Montgomery through trails and gardens. Shady Street is an outdoor area that will allow visitors to exercise, learn about local ecology, relax, and learn about Shady Street’s history.
The Experiential Education and Engagement Center is working with departments on campus to recruit faculty, staff, and students to work on duties related to the completion of the park. So far, students have worked on removing weeds and other vegetation, designing the official Shady Street logo, and providing some oral history of the area.