Opinion: Shelby County’s greatest strength

Published 9:52 am Monday, October 23, 2023

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The city of Alabaster has multiple ongoing construction projects which show the city’s dedication towards improving its amenities and infrastructure—an approach that is mirrored by Shelby County itself.

A contractor has been working for several weeks on improvements and renovations to Alabaster’s Veterans Park to help reinvest and maintain its status as one of the city’s premier parks.

Parks are not only an important component of the goal of Alabaster, but an aligned interest of Shelby County itself which has continually invested into its parks and recreational venues.

The Shelby County Commission recently approved budget adjustments for its parks and recreation grants which have increased in funding and decreased in the required local match—making it easier than ever for local cities to request aid and bring in those wonderful recreational improvements.

Local government isn’t alone either in its pursuit of improving Shelby County’s amenities as even a local church has invested into its community.

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea gave back to its community by taking on the efforts to construct a walking trail and has already completed a walkable first phase.

There is a list of benefits to living in Shelby County and one of the most important are its many parks and trails that, not only make this a desirable place to live, but provide an invaluable natural space for recreation.

The next time you have a free weekend, pick a local park or trail, bring a friend or your family and enjoy one of Shelby County’s greatest offerings, an opportunity that other people do not have.