PARA Installing Composting Toilet at Hurricane Creek Park
September 11, 2018, 10:26am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority is installing a new composting toilet in Hurricane Creek Park. The highly visited Park is located just off of Hwy 216 in the Peterson community.
“This self-contained type of restroom facility is desirable in parks and natural areas such as Hurricane Creek Park where a unique diversity of plants and animals occur and people are swimming, hiking and biking,” said Gary Minor, executive director. “Hurricane Creek Park is a highly popular natural area and we are pleased to offer a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly restroom facility.”
The composting toilet, according to manufacturer Clivus Multrum uses aerobic decomposition – or simply, air - to slowly break down both urine and feces into stable compounds. The composting process is reliable, convenient and safe. Its results are both conservative and environmentally friendly.
The restroom is made possible by a matching grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered locally by Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The $70,000 project - which includes installation and landscaping - was jointly matched by the City of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County.
Recent upgrades to the park include an Alabama Power Foundation donation of funds for a pavilion while Tuscaloosa City and County provided funding for and a driveway and parking spaces, both in 2015.
This is the second restroom of this type on PARA properties. The first is a similar restroom located at Binion Creek Landing and installed in 2010.
PARA purchased 249 acres in the “M Bend” at Hurricane Creek in the fall of 2008. It is noted by officials as the place in the eastern United States where the Appalachian Mountains meet the gulf coastal plain and is unique in that geography representing each ecosystem occupies the same niche. Indigenous plants include three different species of native azalea, rare plants such as the silky camellia tree, along with ferns and wildflowers.