Thirteen-year-old becomes Birmingham park consultant


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An outspoken middle school student has become a consultant for Birmingham after giving an impressive presentation at a city council meeting.

Raven Hatcher went to Birmingham City Hall Tuesday with a list of suggestions to improve Ensley Park and left with a $10,000 contract to make it happen.

The 13-year-old student at W.J. Christian School said she formed the plan after comparing the park to those in other areas.

Her suggestions include updating the playground, adding more seating and bringing more activities to the park, including senior citizen and tutorial programs.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said Raven's was better than some that have cost the city much more.

The mayor can award contracts of up to $10,000 without council approval.

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