Activities & Classes

For more information on Activities & Classes, please email John Tilley or call (205) 562-3230.

Click on "Go to Online Registration" below to see a complete listing of our classes and activities.

Pickleball - McAbee & Phelps Centers

Phelps Center
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

McAbee Center
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1-3 pm
Thursday at 1pm-8pm
Sunday at 1pm-5pm

Although it has a funny name, Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.

What is Pickleball? It is a sport that combines elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton and played with a paddle and more durable whiffle ball. The game is played with two or four players on indoor or outdoor courts of badminton size or a slightly modified tennis court, according to officials.

“Although PARA does have some equipment to borrow, you can get into the game for a relatively nominal expense with purchase of a paddle and balls for $50 to $60,” said Hilliker.

Pickleball play is included with PARA membership or a daily user fee applies.

Seniors/active adults may be eligible for insurance based membership. You can check your benefit eligibility through the following links or PARA’s Center staff is happy to assist you:

Silver&Fit and

Contact Kim Brown at the McAbee Center for more information.



Aquatics & Swim

More Info

Arts, Hobbies & Education

Watercolor Classes - 402113, 402114

Watercolor Painting:

The instructor works individually with each student at any skill level. Various watercolor techniques will be covered with an emphasis on color, composition and values. A variety of subject matter will be painted. Previous painting experience is not required.

Advanced Watercolor:

These classes are designed for those with previous watercolor experience. Students will paint subjects of their own choosing 
and be encouraged to develop their own style as well as exploring various watercolor techniques.

Watercolor Classes

Dog Obedience - January 27

Need to get that unruly pooch under control? We can help! Dogs must be at least 4 months old and have had all of their vaccinations. Those with a history of biting or vicious behavior are discouraged from registering for the course.  Call 562-3230 for more information.


Classes begin January 27, 2020


Dog Obedience

Rockin' N Rollin' - December 6

Bring your roller blades or skates and

Rock n’ Roll on wheels to your favorite tunes.

Play Wipe-Out, Limbo and jump on the Moon Walk.

**No Scooters **

Grades K-5

Drawings for Prizes  


  • $7 per person, includes 1 slice of pizza, drink and snack.
  • Other snacks are available for purchase. Cash only. Please put money in a ziplock bag with child's name.


  • 6pm-8pm


  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
Rockin' N Rollin'

Mind Changers After School Enrichment - McDonald Hughes Community Center

Mind Changers, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority, the University of Alabama’s Capstone Association of Black Journalists and Stillman College’s Black Male Initiative announces the launch of the 2019-2020 After School Program at the McDonald Hughes Community Center,  located at 3101 MLK, Jr. Blvd.

The program features after school mentoring and tutoring in the areas of reading comprehension, literacy, mathematics and non-traditional physical enrichment. Youth in in grades 3-6 can expect to gain skills in their area(s) of at risk academic needs.  

Mind Changers After School Enrichment

SaveFirst Tax Service - January 21-April 14, 2020

Impact America provides free tax preparation services for households earning up to $53,000 with one or more children in the home, or $20,000 without children in the home. Services are provided by IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers from local colleges in the cities where our tax sites are located.

Tuesday, January 21st - Saturday, March 7th
Tuesdays 11am-8pm,
Wednesday 11am-8pm,
Thursdays 11am-8pm,
Fridays 11am-7pm,
Saturdays 9am-3pm

Friday, March 13th - Tuesday, April 14th
Mondays 9am-5pm
Tuesdays 9am-5pm
Fridays 9am-5pm

Closed 3/9 & 3/10

Saturday April 11th


Exercise & Fitness

Personal Training - 402133

One on one training with our certified fitness professionals.

One hour sessions are $25/hour.

Schedule a session today! 331-5600

Personal Training
Sarah Kingery