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PARA's Harmon Park Playground Now Open Featured

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A new and improved Harmon Park is open in Tuscaloosa – after being destroyed in the April 2011 tornado.

“Harmon Field and Rosedale Park are a gateway to our city and the eastern terminus of the City Walk, which simulates the path of the tornado,” said Becky Booker, public relations and marketing manager for the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority. “The centerpiece of this playground is a custom 21-inch tall, hand-sculpted, hand-painted treehouse, the tallest piece ever designed by the manufacturer and possibly the tallest in the southeast.”

The tree is made of a steel frame wrapped in glass fiber reinforced concrete.

“It represents the damage done by the 2011 tornado,” Booker said. “The treehouse and animal critters represent the rebuilding and new life that has taken place since then.”

In addition to the treehouse, the playground features a net tunnel, boulder climber, dual zip track with accessible harness, and quad pod whirl. A custom entrance sign that looks like two trees with branches arching over the sidewalk is a signature piece which will complete the playground.

A grand opening for the Harmon Playground, located at 2901 Greensboro Ave., is planned for a later date, but Booker said everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the playground now.

PARA has posted a stunning aerial video detailing the Harmon Playground, located in Harmon Field. It was designed by PlayWorkx and J.A. Dawson & Company.

Land for the park was donated by the William Elmer Harmon Foundation. Funding for the project came from the City of Tuscaloosa and numerous donations to the PARA Foundation from the Community Foundation of West Alabama, the American Beverage Foundation, the Alabama Beverage Association, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Power Foundation. In addition, Talladega Superspeedway planted trees in the park to provide shade and natural beauty.

For more information about area parks, visit the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority’s official website, tcpara.org.

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