Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

All-Inclusive Playground

Updated Apr 23 2021

Latest News

The playground is open to the public!  The grand opening was on April 21, 2021.

Summary

After kicking off a fundraising campaign in 2019, PARA Foundation has constructed the first phase of an all-inclusive playground at Sokol Park. The playground creates opportunities for children and families of varied abilities to engage with each other in play.  The social and physical health promoted by the playground is vital to the development of all children.


Elevate Tuscaloosa contributed significantly to this project, alongside other community stakeholders. The playground was designed and is managed by PARA.  The location at Sokol Park was chosen because of its central location within Tuscaloosa County. The first phase includes a pavilion with fully accessible restrooms, furnishings, playground equipment, and a seamless surface on the ground.

Goals and Impact
  • Build an accessible, inclusive playground in the city for children and families of all ages and abilities

  • Expand opportunities for play and engagement

  • Attract visitors to Tuscaloosa

Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
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Completed:
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 21, 2020

  • The grand opening was on April 21, 2021

Project Materials
Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$500,000

Approved:

$500,000

Budget:

$500,000

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Spent: The amount paid on this project to-date.​

Approved: The amount that has been approved by the City Council to be spent for a specific contract or purpose on this project. In city accounting terms, this is spent + encumbered.

Budget: The total amount of money that the City expects to be spent to complete this project. This amount is only finalized once sufficient planning on the project has been completed.

Financial Information
Cost Details
Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$500,000

Other City Funds:

$0

External Funding:

$1,069,359

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund: City funds dedicated to Elevate Tuscaloosa which are allocated to this project.

Other City Funds: City funds from non-Elevate Tuscaloosa sources allocated to this project.

External Funding: Amounts from sources outside of the city, such as grants, or donations from citizens or private companies.

Funding Details