One Place

Sporting a new name and bigger ambitions than ever, Parents in the Park will take place Aug. 3 at Annette Shelby Park.

An expansion was in order for the free community event, originally entitled “Fathers in the Park,” as the success of Tuscaloosa’s One Place (TOP) continues to grow beyond the initiatives they practice. In its seventh year, Parents in the Park will promote education and fun, with bounce houses and train rides to interactive stations for the entire family. The event will also have food options to choose from, including eats from one of its presenting sponsors, Whataburger.

“We believe in the power of families,” Ashley Cornelius-Hester, director of communications for Tuscaloosa’s One Place, said in a press release. “We believe that strong families build strong communities, and as such, we are proud to offer free community events that are fun, engaging, and informative to help support local parents and children.”

The Tuscaloosa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. is also responsible for all the event is able to offer this year. The annual event is made possible through CHAMPS (Changing Habits and Making Parents Stronger), a program TOP offers that aims to assist non-custodial parents “establish and strengthen positive parental interaction by providing education to improve parenting skills, relationship skills, and economic stability.” One of TOP’s main goals, as seen through CHAMPS and Parents in the Park, is seeing parents succeed in their own lives, while also enriching the relationships they have within their families.

“We hope to bring awareness to parents’ engagement with their children,” Roosevelt Jackson, director of CHAMPS and Youth Service sat TOP, said in a press release. “Spending quality time with your child is the greatest gift you can give them. Through events like Parents in the Park, we are changing the future one parent at a time.”

Parents in the park will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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