The authority is a perpetual non-profit corporation with the legislative intent to promote the public health and general welfare by authorizing the incorporation to acquire, enlarge, improve, expand, own, operate, lease and dispose of properties to the end that such corporation may be able to promote public interest and participation in sports, athletics and recreational activities and to provide or improve public parks in this state, including all buildings, facilities and improvements incident thereto or useful in connection therewith. It is the further intent of the legislature by the passage of Chapter 60 under Title 11 of the Code of Alabama, 1975, to vest such public corporations with all powers that may be necessary to enable them to accomplish such purposes.
The parks that fall under this authority include Evans Park, Mel Roberts Park (aka Cedar Street Park), Max Griffin Park, Heritage Park and John B. Foley Park, Foley Soccer Park, Beulah Heights Park, Aaronville Park, Aaronville Pool Park, Horse Arena and Faust Property.
The authority is made up of three board members serving staggered six-year terms. Board members must live inside the city limits and must not be an officer of the state or of the municipality. The Authority meets on an as needed basis.
A. Clyde Abrams
David J. Rauch
Kathryn Taylor, recording secretary