Collegeville is a charming section of Birmingham, Alabama that has a number of older, mostly single story homes.
One of the most popular family destinations here is Maclin Park on the corner of Shuttlesworth Drive and 31st Street. This small park provides a great deal of recreation for residents with a multiple purpose sports field for baseball, soccer, and football, a lap swimming pool, and plenty of open space for a wide assortment of activities. There are also covered picnic areas. Another park is North Birmingham Park off of 28th Street that offers other activities such as tennis, a nice walking path, playground, a nice baseball field, and basketball courts.
Throughout the area there are many different churches, including New Rising Star Baptist Church, Sacred Heart Church, Collegeville Church of Christ, and of course the historic Bethel Baptist Church. Bethel Baptist was the home of Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in the 1950s and played an important role in civil rights in the Birmingham area. It played a role in the desegregation of public transportation helping to enforce Freedom Ride. The church was even bombed three separate times by those that opposed the civil rights movement.
The area is also known for being an important industrial area with a large train yard, numerous manufacturing operations, and a number of warehouses. This part of town has many major businesses that provide jobs throughout the region and is an important part of the local economy.