Gardendale

People who live north of Birmingham love the convenient 20 minute drive to downtown, while enjoying the lighter traffic and hometown feel of Gardendale and Mount Olive. The lines of the two cities blur with only elementary schools to distinguish borders. Both are easily accessed by two major thoroughfares – Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 31. Although the commute is shorter, the wait in the bank line might be a little longer as neighbors get caught up on how the family is doing, but no one really minds.

Gardendale has experienced and is projected to have a great deal of economic growth in the coming years. It is a self-proclaimed “business friendly environment” and that has served the surrounding areas like Fultondale and Mount Olive well. Growth is evident with the recent additions of Publix, Target and Panera Bread to name a few. An interchange for Interstate 22 or corridor X just above Fultondale/Gardendale area has been in the works since 2013. This interstate will connect the three states of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

It will span from Memphis to Birmingham upon completion. Ranked in April’s top 20 events of the southeast tourism society, the annual Magnolia Festival is one of Gardendale’s crown jewels. The two-day affair brings the whole community together for food, fireworks, dancing, a carnival, concerts, kids’ activities and more. The city also hosts an annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. Gardendale’s parks are strategically placed throughout the city and very well maintained.

Many are in walking distance from neighborhoods. Luman Park is a park dedicated to girls softball. Miracle Park designed and built specially to serve children who are mentally and physically handicapped. There is a soccer complex is located off of Fieldstown road. You can enjoy a tennis match with friends or host a birthday party at G. William Noble Park, and children love Celebration Park’s popular splash pad on hot summer days. Over the past decade, the Gardendale Historical Society has worked to record the area’s history and now operates a museum where residents can peruse artifacts like the first “Welcome to Gardendale” sign and Civil War mementos. Gardendale also has its own full-time fire department and police department.

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