Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Snow Hinton Park

Updated Apr 05 2022

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Summary

Phase 1 of construction at Snow Hinton Park will begin with a contract to plan and design the work that will be completed in this phase.  Elements included in the master plan of the park will be prioritized and selected for implementation.  A team with technical expertise will create detailed construction plans and documents to implement the selected elements. Construction is expected to begin by 2023.  Any items in the master plan that are not included in the first phase of work will be held for future implementation.


The master plan to envision the future of Snow Hinton Park was completed in early 2021. This process determined how the park is being used, what opportunities are available within the space, and what improvements residents would most like to see at the park. The finished plan guides decisions about future updates made to the park. In addition, an inventory and condition assessment was made of the surrounding roads, pedestrian amenities, traffic, lighting, and water and sewer systems. This provides an understanding of the public infrastructure that is available in and around the park, as well as the flow of traffic in the area.


Purchased by the city in 1975, Snow Hinton Park is Tuscaloosa’s most visible park. The 40-acre green space is located along U.S. Highway 82 (McFarland Boulevard) a short distance north of Interstate 20/59 in an area surrounded by commercial and residential development. Thousands of people drive by each day. Featuring a walking track, pavilions, large climbing net and slide, public art display, and large open green fields, the park is a popular destination for residents.

Goals and Impact
  • Obtain community feedback about desired improvements

  • Update and enhance the park’s appearance, programs, and amenities 

  • Enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation and quality of life for residents and visitors

Project Updates
Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
Up Next:
  • Select and hire a firm to plan and design the Phase 1 construction project

Completed:
  • May/June 2020: collected community feedback with an online survey 

  • June 2020: held a virtual public workshop on this website

  • February 2021: completed the infrastructure inventory and condition assessment

  • February 2021: completed the park master plan

Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$159,749

Approved:

$628,949

Budget:

$5,500,000

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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

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.

Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$659,750

Other City Funds:

$0

External Funding:

$0

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Funding Details