PARA to Open Tornado Shelter in Montgomery Park

PARA to Open Tornado Shelter in Montgomery Park

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will open a new storm shelter during a brief ceremony in Montgomery Park on June 22 at 10 a.m.

Montgomery Park is located at 16780 Mormon Road in Northport. The ceremony is free and open to the public.


This is the second shelter of its kind to be installed with monies provided by the Tuscaloosa County Commission and discretionary funds from District 1 Commissioner Stan Acker. The first installation was in Northside Park in March 2017.


"I am very pleased to use County Commission District Development funds for such a great cause as getting a storm shelter located adjacent to the Montgomery Park and the Volunteer Fire Department, said Acker. “I sincerely hope this shelter is never needed, but if it is, then the residents of this area of the County will have a safe place to go. I want to thank PARA and specifically Jay Strickland for such of great job of getting this shelter in place and also Chief Scott Connell and all the volunteers at the Montgomery Fire Department for their operation of the shelter."


According to PARA, the shelter will be open to the public in case of inclement weather in the Brownville Community. It can hold up to 50 people, resists winds up to 250 miles per hour and bears 77,000 pounds of crush strength. It features bench style seating and a generator for lights and ventilation. 


The shelter will be opened and closed for use by the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department according to an agreement with the County Commission, PARA and Chief Connell.


Driving Directions: From Tuscaloosa at intersection of HWY 43 and 171, travel approximately 12.5 miles north on 171. The Park entrance and shelter are located on the right just past Brownville Food Mart.