Money, renovations coming to Birmingham parks

The first phase of more landscaping, lighting and security begins for some Birmingham city parks.

{}City councilors approved about $354,000 Tuesday for renovations at 14 parks, according to Mayor William Bell's chief of staff Chuck Faush.The areas {}include Ensley, Hawkins and Hooper City parks. The upgrades are part of the city's $150 million dollar bond referendum passed in 2012.Faush told ABC 33/40 Mayor William Bell hopes to create more growth in neighborhoods."He used Railroad (Park) as a prime example of creating a public space where development will occur around it and that's what he is pushing us to do in every neighborhood," Faush says.A total of $20 million of the bond referendum will go toward city parks and recreational facilities.