The Tuscaloosa County Commission has approved an expensive makeover for several area parks.
Local leaders hope the upgrades to parks in city limits and the county will attract tourists. The $4.5 million improvements could mean more football and soccer fields as well as adding lights for night games.
Some commissioners worried about spending money for something they felt would benefit the city more than the county. Originally, the cost would be split evenly between the city of Tuscaloosa and the county. Leaders now agree that the city will pay 75 percent of the cost.
One county commissioner hopes the upgrades will it easier for the area to compete for tournaments.
"Really it was a quality of life project in my mind. And I think it's going to be beneficial. It also has the added benefit we hope of bringing in extra tourism dollars by attracting tourists and tournaments," commissioner Stan Acker said.
Most if not all of the upgrades are expected to be finished by May 2014.
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