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, award-winning tennis facility, 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!



Board & Committee Meetings

Board of Directors

  • Curtis Travis, Chair
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission
  • Joe Duckworth, Jr., Vice Chair
    • appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
  • Peggy Hogue
    • appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
  • Gary Falls
    • appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission
  • Hezekiah Carstarphen
    • 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

PARA Board Meetings

  • June 4, 2019 
  • July 9, 2019 (Miller Center)
  • August 6, 2019
  • September 10, 2019 (Phelps 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.

Annual Reports & Audits

Invitation for Bids

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

Fitness and Training Equipment Bid

Sealed bid proposals will be received by the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA) at the Administrative Office Building, 614 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama until August 7, 2018 at 10:00am for bid #04-18 at which time they will be opened publicly and read.  The bid request is for the purchase and installation of fitness & training equipment for a PARA Activity Center. The equipment will include: treadmills, elliptical machines, cycles, strength training equipment and other pieces as specified in the bid package. Bid packages may be obtained at the PARA Administrative Offices, 614 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 or by email. Bid security shall be deposited with each bid as provided in General Conditions to Bidders. No bid may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing for the receipt of bids for a period of 60 days. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities.

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