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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Benjamin Barnes YMCA

Updated Feb 22, 2024

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The Youth Sports and Recreation subcommittee of Project Unity identified as a top priority replacing the Benjamin Barnes facility. A site selection committee comprised of representatives from YMCA of Tuscaloosa and the City of Tuscaloosa analyzed a variety of potential site locations for the new branch facility.  The group recommended the site of the existing McDonald Hughes Community Center in West Tuscaloosa. Construction of the new facility is underway.

Goals and Impact
  • Provide athletic and educational programming for children and families in both West Tuscaloosa and the greater community

  • Offer amenities, programs, and services that are complementary to nearby facilities

Project Updates

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Key Milestones & Events
  • December 2021: selected Chambless King Architects for site analysis and schematic design

  • March 2022: new site selected

  • September 2022: contracted for program management and owner's representative services with Volkert

  • November 2022: contracted for architectural and related design services with Chambless King Architects

  • July 2023: completed design and advertised for bids

  • September 2023: awarded construction contract to J.T. Harrison Construction Company

  • October 2023: groundbreaking held

Up Next:
  • Complete construction in 2024

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