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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, seven 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

Dr. Tony Johnson, Chair
- Appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
Elizabeth Winter, Vice Chair

- Appointed by Tuscaloosa City Board of Education
Peggy Hogue

- Appointed by City of Tuscaloosa
Brion Hardin

- Appointed by City of Northport

Gary Falls
- Appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission

Curtis Travis
- Appointed by Tuscaloosa County Commission
Hunter Taylor

- Appointed by Tuscaloosa County Board of Education

Dr. Craig Fairburn
- Appointed by City of Tuscaloosa

PARA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule


Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. 

PARA Foundation Board 

  • Tripp Powell, Chair
  • Kelsey Rush, Marketing and Donor Relations Chair
  • Kenneth Todd
  • Janet Teer 
  • Fran Reilly Powe 
  • Rev. David E. Gay, Jr. 
  • Jheovanny Gomez 
  • E. Barden Smedberg, Jr. 
  • Anna Johnson
  • Kathie Buchalter Carnes
  • Allen Johnson
  • Dominique Yancey
  • Caroline Lasseter, Director of Development 

PARA Foundation Board Meeting Schedule


Meetings begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Facilities Committee Meeting Schedule

The facilities committee meeting is scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month at the Northport Community Center at 8:00 a.m.  

Invitation for Bids


Bid Packages can be obtained at the PARA Administrative Office located downtown at 614 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or by emailing

PARA's Director of Park Operations & Projects, Adrian Clecker-Collins.


PARA Partners