A non-profit group is launching a $1.5 million project to turn Doyle Park, an overgrown 24-acre space adjacent to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, into a family recreational spot that lifts nearby neighborhoods. Friends of Doyle Park, the organization spearheading the two-year project, is seeking donations and community support to revitalize the park at 1728 Rosedale Road. The non-profit’s goal is to transform Doyle Park into a centerpiece of pride for all ages and for generations to come.
Doyle Park’s transformation will see the addition of amenities such as athletic fields, a playground, walking trail, splash park, and event pavilions. The project also calls for the addition of observation terraces that will provide families with an unmatched vantage point to watch flights by the passenger jets produced at the Airbus A320 Family Assembly Line at the Aeroplex.
The non-profit Friends of Doyle Park organization is comprised of community activists and several firms engaged in the Airbus construction project at the Aeroplex. Besides Airbus itself, these include Hatch Mott MacDonald and Hoar Program Management, which have both made significant pledges to the project. Also involved are Mobile general contractor Hosea O. Weaver and Sons, and Mobile Airport Authority, which operates the Aeroplex.
Doyle Park was once part of the Brookley Air Force Base, an economic engine in Mobile that employed 17,000 people before the base was shut down in 1969. Seldom used by the public today, the 24-acre park and its facilities have fallen into neglect and disrepair in recent years. Friends of Doyle Park wants to change that with its $1.5 million, two-year project.
Organizers of Friends of Doyle Park see the renovation project at the park as a way to benefit the nearby Brookley/Dauphin Island Parkway neighborhood while also stimulating interest among local youngsters in the aerospace careers being created by Airbus and other companies at the Aeroplex.
The Mobile office of Hatch Mott MacDonald, one of the firms involved in Friends of Doyle Park, created a master plan for the improvements, as well as high-quality renderings that depict the renovated park’s amenities and a 3-D animated video of the completed park. HMH has already provided services valued at more than $50,000 to the project, and also will provide civil and architectural design services for the project. Hoar Program Management has pledged $50,000 in cash and in-kind work.
Friends of Doyle Park has set a fundraising goal of $1.5 million and is seeking tax-deductible donations from the Mobile area’s business community as well as from concerned citizens. A number of sponsorship levels have been established for donors, including ones that confer naming privileges for the park’s facilities. (All levels of donations will be accepted.) To make a contribution, click on the Donate button on the web site or mail your gift to Friends of Doyle Park, c/o The Community Foundation of South Alabama, P.O. Box 990, Mobile, AL 36601.