|Frequently Asked Questions|
1) Where does PARA get funding?
In addition to generating its own monies from program fees and charges, PARA receives funding from the City of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County Commission and the City of Northport. To learn more please link to our Annual Report.
2) How many parks does PARA operate/maintain?
PARA operates and maintains 36 parks and boat landings, a community center, an 18-hole award winning golf complex and five activity centers. This incorporates approximately 1,780 acres of developed park land, 249 acres at Hurricane Creek Park and 250 undeveloped acres. For a complete listing please link to PARA Parks and Facilities.
3) Does PARA own all the parks and facilities that it operates/maintains?
The following parks, buildings and/or facilities are owned by PARA:
Newt Hinton Park
Faucett Brothers Park
Ol’ Colony Golf Complex
PARA Building/BAMA Theater
Hurricane Creek Park
All other parks, buildings and facilities are operated/maintained by PARA and ownership is held by individual funding authorities.
4) How many people does PARA serve each year?
PARA’s attendance for the 2009 calendar year was 1,248,070 individual uses for all programs. aAttendance has increased 21% in the past five years and 38% in the past ten years.This number does not include annual attendance for the July Jubilee Independence Day celebration and the West Alabama Christmas Parade, our signature special events. Attendance for these two events is estimated at 20,000 and 10,000 respectively.
5) What are the benefits to PARA membership?
While membership is not required to use PARA Activity/Community Center facilities, it offers an affordable option for those who want easy and regular access to center amenities. This includes common use areas such as gymnasiums, work out area, walking tracks, game rooms, indoor therapeutic and recreational pools and lounge areas. These areas, along with other spacious, well equipped meeting rooms, may be reserved for private functions for a reasonable fee. Active center membership entitles qualified members to a 10% discount off an activity center rental. For more information on membership please visit the activity centers & facilities page.
6) If I join one particular center will my membership be recognized at the other centers?
Yes, PARA membership is recognized at all five centers and indoor pools. You may live close to one center and work closer to another. We make it easy to utilize your membership.
7) Is corporate membership available for my company?
Yes, PARA partners with several local business/industries to provide their employees with corporate membership. We will be happy to talk with you about providing this healthy benefit option. Please contact Ronnie Stith for more information.
8) How can I volunteer with PARA?
If you love working with people and have a desire to help others, you can be a PARA volunteer. How much time you give is up to you.PARA can match your interests with an opportunity that can make a difference in someone’s life. Examples are soccer and cheerleader coaches, front desk receptionists, special event and senior activity volunteers. Volunteers must pass a drug screen and may be subject to a background check. Please contact Joseph Rose for more information.
9) Does PARA provide collegiate student internship opportunities?
Yes, PARA is a popular work environment providing collegiate students with excellent practical work experience in the fields of marketing, public relations, advertising and sports management. Student interns must pass a drug screen and may be subject to a background check. For sports management internships contact Joseph Rose . For all other internships please contact Becky Booker.
10) How can I become a PARA instructor?
If you possess the skills and abilities to teach a class which would be an addition to PARA’s curriculum, we’d like to meet you. All you have to do is submit proposal telling us about your class. Classes are a great way to bring in extra revenue doing something you love to do. We work with you on the time and location that the class would be held as well as the fee schedule. Our supportive staff will assist with your advertising and class registration. If you are interested in submitting a class proposal, contact John Tilley for more information.