Red Mountain Park is owned and administered by the Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission. In 2007, the Alabama legislature declared the Commission a state agency, giving it exclusive control over the park site. The Commission has oversight of every aspect of the planning and development of Red Mountain Park. Each of the 15 commissioners is selected by one of eight appointing bodies (the Governor of Alabama, the Mayor of Birmingham, the Jefferson County Commission, the Jefferson County Mayors Association, USS Real Estate, the Freshwater Land Trust and the Jefferson County legislative delegation, which appoints one member from the county’s Alabama House delegation and one from the state Senate).
The Park’s operations are led by the Executive Director, David Dionne, and supported by the Park Staff. In addition, the Park is supported by an active and growing volunteer organization, the Friends of Red Mountain Park. With more than 6,000 people connected by email and social media, this group provides support for various activities related to development of the park. Members of the organization assist with park tours, provide labor for the ongoing cleanups and preparation of trails and natural areas, and take opportunities to promote the park in their neighborhoods and various community venues.