By Joshua Huff, sports editor
BIRMINGHAM — The city of Birmingham’s signature monument will be lit in white each evening in a show of solidarity with the community as the fight to control and halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The Vulcan statue overlooking Birmingham will be lit each night in white as a message of hope. This will continue for the foreseeable future. The reasoning, according to Vulcan Park & Museum President and CEO Darlene Negrotto, is that the Vulcan statue is a symbol of promise and a reminder that the community will prevail through these trying times as a collective whole.
“Vulcan stands a constant reminder of who we were, who we are and who we will be,” Negrotto said. “The stories of members in our community helping each other in wake of this adversity can serve as an inspiration for us all. It is our hope that the lighting of Vulcan will inspire others to join us in the spirit of community.”
This lighting capability is made possible through the generous support of The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham with their centennial gift to the city.
Understanding the fluidity of the current issue, the following adjustments have been made on the property:
- The park grounds, including Kiwanis Centennial Plaza, will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, free of charge.
- Vulcan Center, The Anvil and Vulcan’s Observation Tower are closed until further notice
- Out of abundance of caution, we have temporarily closed the picnic area and removed the tables and chairs on the overlook. Handrails and branches are sanitized daily
- All student and adult programs have been canceled
- For any private event, please contact the event organizer for more information