Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Avondale Park

Avondale was a company town built around the Avondale Mills east of Birmingham, Alabama in Jefferson County. The town was incorporated on March 18, 1887. The city was annexed into Birmingham and is now divided into three separate neighborhoods, North Avondale, East Avondale and South Avondale.

The Park was the largest in Birmingham until Ruffner Mountain Park was dedicated. It was known for the spring-fed grotto pool, an extensive rose garden, athletic fields, a secluded pavilion called “The Villa”, and a large amphitheater that hosted a spectacular pageant in celebration of Birmingham’s 50th anniversary in 1931. The park was also one-time home of the Birmingham Zoo, which at the time consisted mainly of non-exotic species with the exception of “Miss Fancy”, an erstwhile circus elephant purchased by the Birmingham Advertising Club as a promotional novelty and then donated to the city.

The project, under way since last winter, was a major overhaul of the historic park that has dominated Fifth Avenue South in the Forest Park-South Avondale neighborhood since the mid-1880s.

The historic amphitheater at Avondale Park will be the setting for this summer’s Jazz in the Park concert series, according to officials with series organizer Magic City Smooth Jazz.

The nonprofit organization presents free summer concerts, billed as “Building Community through Jazz,” in parks around Birmingham. The concerts are held on Sunday afternoons, except for the July 4 kick off event, which will be from 6-9 p.m.

Other concert dates are July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Avondale Park is at 4101 Fifth Ave. South.