ST. JOHN – At a recent Council meeting, the St John Parish Council approved two contracts for recreational projects in Reserve. These long-awaited recreational projects were awarded at a cost less than the budgeted amount.
The gymnasium, funded by the 2009 bond issue, will be constructed at the Regala Park site in Reserve. This facility will have the capacity to seat 359 spectators and will house the recreation department offices. The concession stand will serve constituents attending both inside and outside events. The original budget for the building was $2.7 million; the accepted bid came in around $2.2 million and was awarded to Block Construction of Baton Rouge. The groundbreaking for the new gym will take place in June at the gym's future location on Veterans Drive in Reserve. The entire project is expected to take 12 months to complete.
"We have been waiting for this for a long time. We will now have the facility to add elements to our program that in the past relied on the availability of other facilities," said Recreation Director Errol Manuel.
The Reserve Boat Launch, funded by the 2002 bond issue and an $185,000 grant received from the state will be renovated to address beautification issues, safety concerns and drainage improvements. The project involves rebuilding the piers and boat launches at the site, beautifying the parking lot and entrance, and the dredging of the Reserve Canal immediately in front of the property. The original budget for the renovations was $657,000; the accepted bid was awarded to L&L Construction for $540,000. The project is expected to begin late summer and is projected to take 180 day to complete.
"I am glad to see the boat launch upgrades and renovations finally becoming a reality. This facility is used frequently by our constituents and needs these improvements" said Councilman Danny Millet.