Smithfield is a residential neighborhood located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Convenient access to Interstate 20 and Interstate 65 allow residents of the community to travel easily throughout the city and surrounding areas.
The area has a rich baseball history. Rickwood field, located a few blocks from the neighborhood, is the oldest professional baseball park in America. Birmingham Barons owner Rick Woodward constructed it in 1910. Willie Mays, who grew up just minutes away, was a center fielder on the 1948 championship squad.
Museums near the community are the Birmingham Museum of Art, McWane Science Center, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Birmingham History Center, Alabama Folk Art Museum, Don Kresge Memorial Museum, and the Vulcan Park and Museum. The museums are located in the downtown area of Birmingham and are just blocks from the Smithfield neighborhood.
Birmingham Southern College and the University of Alabama Birmingham are colleges that are located in the Smithfield area. Birmingham Southern College is a 192-acre campus located 3-miles west of downtown Birmingham. The University of Alabama Birmingham covers 83 blocks in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city.
Parks near the community where residents can enjoy a picnic or evening stroll are the E. Thomas Park, Duke Park, Linn Park, Fountain Heights Park, Glen Iris Park or the larger Ward Park. Larger parks outside of the area are the Oak Mountain State Park and the Tannehill State Park.
Birmingham residents have many hospitals to choose from which supply the communities medical needs. Among them are the Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, Trinity Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital.