The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority has announced a grand reopening event for the McDonald Hughes Community Center to celebrate recent renovations provided through Elevate Tuscaloosa funding.

The renovations are the culmination of years of work. Although the facility never fully closed during this time, renovations have been ongoing since 2017.

Becky Booker, Public Relations Manager for Tuscaloosa PARA, said that with the renovations finished, the facility will serve the community better than ever.

Elevate Tuscaloosa provided over $200,000 in funds for renovations for an all new 17-foot custom-designed indoor playground area, and the installation of resilient and sound-absorbing 1,800 square foot gym flooring which include.

Additionally the City helped cover more recent renovations, including a covered drop-off for cars, restorations to restrooms and showers and upgraded lighting.

"The Hughes Center, acquired by PARA in 1997, features our largest ballroom facilities – hosting up to 700 -  for indoor events and is our most used facility for class reunions, large dance parties, family reunions and more," said Becky Booker, Public Relations Manager for Tuscaloosa PARA.

The Hughes Center will host a 'Day of Play' event Monday, July 26, that starts with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. Community members will then be able to explore the renovated facility, including an all new indoor playground, at no cost.

Guests can also beat the heat thanks to free snow cones, provided by the City of Tuscaloosa.

To learn more about Elevate Tuscaloosa and more upcoming projects, visit

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