Our Mission: To enrich our community through exciting recreational and cultural opportunities.

Welcome to Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority, where you can discover the natural beauty of Tuscaloosa County’s flat lands, hills and mountains, with an abundance of lakes and the Black Warrior River running through.

PARA offers something for everyone with almost 2,000 acres of green space including over 35 parks, boat landings, six activity centers, an 18-hole award winning golf course, recreation and leisure for all ages, special events and more.

We’re your source for high quality, affordable and convenient recreation programs.

PARA offers opportunity for enjoyment and learning with places to breathe, stretch your legs, meet your neighbors and celebrate life. We invite you to Live, Learn, Play!


Community Partners:

City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa County

City of Northport

Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission

Tuscaloosa Tennis Association

The Arts Council

Bama Theatre

Cultural Arts Center

FOCUS on Senior Citizens

Board & Committee Meetings

Board of Directors

  • Peggy Hogue, Chairperson
    • appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
  • Gary Falls
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission
  • Hezekiah Carstarphen
    • appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
  • Joe Duckworth, Jr.
    • appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
  • Sam Faucett
    • apointed by City of Northport
  • Bobby Franks
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa County Board of Education
  • Leroy McAbee, Sr.
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa City Board of Education
  • Curtis Travis
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission

PARA Board Meetings

  • November 3 (Leroy McAbee Activity Center)

  • December 1 

  • January 5 (Faucett Brothers Activity Center)
  • February 2
  • March 1 (Jerry Belk Activity Center)
  • April 5 
  • May 3 (McDonald Hughes Community Center)
  • June 7 
  • July 12 (Bobby Miller Activity Center)
  • August 2
  • September 6 (Mary Ann Phelps Activity Center)
All PARA Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 pm at 614 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, Alabama unless otherwise noted.


Facilities Committee Meeting

The facilities committee meeting is scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month.  

We will meet at the Northport Community Center at 8am.

  • October 27
  • November 24
  • December 29
  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 29
  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 30
  • September 27

Annual Reports & Audits

Invitation for Bids

Bid Packages may be obtained at the 614 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa Alabama 35401 or email Erin Wiggins.

PARA Partners

Level 1 Sponsors






Level 3 Sponsors

Clear Channel Radio 

Cumulus Media

Hotel Capstone

Great Day Tuscaloosa

McAlister's Deli, Tuscaloosa

McAbee Construction


Parker Towing Company

Piggly Wiggly

Moody Radio

The Northport Gazzette

The Tuscaloosa News


ZAP Photo

Spanky's Portable Toilets