Updated Apr 23 2021
The playground is open to the public! The grand opening was on April 21, 2021.
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
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Key Milestones & Events
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 21, 2020
The grand opening was on April 21, 2021
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