Tuscaloosa County Parks & Recreation Authority toggle menu


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

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
- Appointed by City of Northport

Bobby Franks
- Appointed by Tuscaloosa County Board of Education

Elizabeth Winter
- Appointed by Tuscaloosa City Board of Education

PARA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule


PARA Foundation Board 

  • Tripp Powell, Chair
  • Barry Mason, Fundraising Chair
  • Kelsey Rush, Marketing and Donor Relations Chair
  • Tony Johnson, Marketing and Donor Relations Co-Chair
  • Robin Skagen 
  • Ken Todd 
  • Janet Teer 
  • Sam Faucett 
  • Fran Powe 
  • David E. Gay, Jr. 
  • Carolyn Powell
  • Jheovanny Gomez 
  • E. Barden Smedberg, Jr. 
  • Caroline Lasseter, Director of Development 

PARA Foundation Board Meeting Schedule


Facilities Committee Meeting Schedule

The facilities committee meeting is scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month.  

We will meet at the Northport Community Center at 8am.

Invitation for Bids

Bid Packages may be obtained at the PARA Administrative Office located at 614 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa Alabama 
35401 or email Adrian Collins.


PARA Partners