Aerial view of Tuscaloosa

Proposed Parks & Recreation Projects

All-Inclusive Playground

The City of Tuscaloosa is partnering with community stakeholders to build Alabama’s largest all-inclusive playground at Sokol Park, which will attract visitors to the area and create opportunities for children and families of all abilities to engage with each other.


  • Attract visitors to the area with the largest accessible play space in Alabama

  • Create opportunities for children and families of all ages and abilities to engage with each other

Harris-Nicol Water Recreation & Trails

Improve access to Harris Lake and Lake Nicol and expand the recreational opportunities at each lake to attract locals and visitors to explore over 1,800 scenic acres of preserved park land.

McDonald Hughes Center (Phase 1)

Design work is underway to improve the amenities at this facility. Upgrades will include a covered drop-off, new showers, gym flooring, an indoor playground, and more.

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Parks and Community Centers

The City of Tuscaloosa has hired the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama to design and conduct a community survey that will address the current and future recreational needs of citizens throughout Tuscaloosa. The survey will also determine demographic information about who is using each facility.


The results of the survey will be used to make decisions about potential improvements to Bowers Park, Phelps Center, McDonald Hughes Community Center, Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa Tennis Center, the McAbee Center, and other city recreational facilities.

River District Park

Located between the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and Greensboro Avenue, the park will serve as a gateway to Western Tuscaloosa. It will be a family-friendly outdoor extension of The Saban Center with open green space, river-viewing areas, and river access.

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Snow Hinton Park

The City of Tuscaloosa has engaged with a consultant to develop a master plan that will envision the future of Tuscaloosa’s most visible park, the “welcome mat” of our community.

*All Elevate projects listed above are proposed and subject to change.