Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority (PARA) board members and staff made a presentation this morning about additional funding for parks.

They told Elevate Tuscaloosa’s PARA subcommittee what the additional funds would be for and how it would help them. PARA representatives said they are currently getting less money than the state average and are looking for some extra help.

“We’re a very efficient organization but we’re literally funded at about a quarter of the state average for parks and recreation funding, so that’s something we do need help with,” Gary Minor, PARA executive director, said. “But, I think the Elevate committee is more concerned with what’s being done with the recreation projects that fall under their purview.”

The subcommittee asked several questions including where the funds would go and what they would do with the additional funds if granted. Minor said he hopes their presentation and ensuing discussions will reap some benefits for PARA and its initiatives.

“You know, we have 2,300 acres of park lands and 40 athletic fields, a golf course, a tennis facility, 371,000 square feet of heated and cooled space that we use in our facilities, and so we do a lot of things,” he said. “We’re trying to inform people, we’re trying to give data.”

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