MCDONALD HUGHES CENTER ASKS COMMISSION FOR RENOVATION FUNDS

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Tuscaloosa’s Park and Recreation Authority is looking to renovate the McDonald Hughes Center, but it’s running into some opposition.

PARA Director Gary Minor said there are large bathrooms with showers that are currently closed off because of their condition. Today, Minor asked the Tuscaloosa County Commission for $370,000 to renovate those bathrooms and build an indoor playground at the community center.

“If we want an indoor playground and if we want the refurbishment of the McDonald Hughes Center to be complete, it’s critical,” he said. “We can’t do it without it.”

But Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum said he’s not in favor of offering up the cash.

“The city hasn’t contributed one nickel toward the (Faucett Brothers Activity Center),” McCollum said. “They haven’t contributed one nickel toward facilities outside city limits.”

The commission is expected to vote on the issue at its next meeting.

But even if the McDonald Hughes Center doesn’t get funds for this project, is is getting a brand new storm shelter and gym after the city of Tuscaloosa matched a FEMA grant for nearly $800,000.

Minor said that project is in the bidding process, and he hopes they’ll break ground as soon as possible.

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