The Parks and Recreation Department maintains Bessemer's parks. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays thru Sundays, including holidays.
Roster of City Parks:
Abrams Park: Located on 10th Avenue North and 22nd Street in Bessemer, Abrams Park sits adjacent to Abrams Elementary School. The park is being renovated. It has a baseball field for youth games, a soccer field in the outfield. The concession stand is being renovated. The area also includes newly installed picnic tables.
Alex Bradford Park: Named for Bessemer native and popular jazz musician Alex Bradford. The lighted public park has benches and a fountain. It is located in downtown Bessemer at First Avenue North and 19th Street.
Carver Park: Carver Park, located at Second Avenue North and Seventh Street is a large park with a little league baseball field, walking track, picnic and family areas, kiddie equipment and city-owned fields.
Debardeleben Park: Described as an "oasis", Debardeleben Park is named after the city's founder Henry Debardeleben. The park is nestled in the heart of downtown. It has picnic tables, a bandstand and a renovated Doughboy statue with the names of local World War I vets inscribed. The park also serves as site of the annual Bob Sykes Blues and BBQ Festival.
Hard Park: This park next to Hard School includes a baseball/softball field for youth sports, picnic tables, basketball goals and will soon feature a new walking track. Located at the end of Berkley Avenue and 29th Street South.
McNeil Park:Located in the heart of Bessemer's Pipe Shop community, McNeil Park sits on the site of the former McNeil School. The park has a walking track, a basketball court, children's playground and picnic tables. It is also the only site in the city to have an outdoor water feature/splash pad in which children can play and cool off in the hot Alabama summer heat. McNeil Park also serves as a rallying ground for the annual Valley Creek Cleanup, held each August.
Roosevelt Park: Located on 17 acres at Highway 150/14th Street between Hall Avenue and Clarendon Avenue, Roosevelt Park is home to many features, including a walking track, walking trail, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a rented clubhouse, a children's play area and more. The park is set to undergo major renovations beginning in the fall/winter of 2014 and will include a new city Recreational Facility, an amphitheater, a walking trail, picnic pavilion and more. The project is slated for completion by 2016. A tourist attraction is an old captured German artillery piece which points toward the roadway. The clubhouse at the park can be rented for a price of $35 for four hours.