Many folks may be lying low because of the coronavirus threat or locked in lines under harsh fluorescent lights trying to stock up on toilet paper. But you would not have known it Saturday afternoon in Railroad Park.
As passing clouds competed with the sun, people of all ages and backgrounds were in the park’s walkways and open spaces. There were dog-walkers, families, skateboarders, picnickers, Frisbee enthusiasts, sunbathers, kids on scooters and even a young lady in a ballgown celebrating her Quinceañera (15th birthday) with about a dozen friends, relatives and photographers.
In addition, lots of pairs of hands were touching the park’s exercise and playground equipment.
Birmingham resident Linda Porter, 61, who was out with her grandchildren Camille Davis, 4, and Carl Davis, 3, said she had heard cautionary messages about coronavirus but had always been mindful about cleanliness.
“I haven’t changed anything,” Porter said before heading with her grandchildren to one of the park playgrounds. “I listen to the news. I’m trying to stay up to date. But I’ve always washed my hands all the time and done things that I’m supposed to do anyway.”