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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Sokol Park

Updated Feb 23, 2024

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Summary

Phase 1 improvements began in early 2022 and were completed in October 2022. Work included adding light fixtures along the park access road and at the intersection of Watermelon Road and Sokol Park. Watermelon Road was widened and turn lanes were added at the entrance to the park to improve access and safety. The access road and parking lot near the model airplane field were repaved.  The cross-country trail path was widened and gravel was added.  


Phase 2 improvements began in Spring 2023. Work included repaving existing parking lots near both the community gardens and the Field of Dreams. A new traffic circle was added to improve traffic flow and provide access to a new parking lot located near the existing baseball fields in Sokol Park North. Storm water drainage improvements were installed to help fields respond better during heavy rain events. 


Identified in the community parks survey as one of the most popular destinations, Sokol Park hosts a variety of athletic, recreational, and leisure activities.  In addition, the city received a feasibility study report that indicated the size and desirable location of Sokol Park affords many opportunities to attract the sports tourism market, after making appropriate improvements. With this and other community input, a plan was developed to phase projects in over time.

Goals and Impact
  • Improve safety and access to and within the park

  • Create and improve parking options

  • Improve park lighting and trail amenities 

  • Improve storm water drainage system

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Key Milestones & Events
Completed:
  • October 2022: Phase 1 Complete

  • October 2023: Phase 2 Complete

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Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$5,827,762

Approved:

$6,528,498

Budget:

$9,500,000

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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.

Cost Details
Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$6,121,839

Other City Funds:

$540,000

External Funding:

$0

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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.

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