Wednesday, November 9, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom, Administrative Staff, Councilman-at-Large Division A Larry Sorapuru and Councilmember Kurt Becnel joined Council on Aging Director Cheryl Parquet, Board Members, and other community members for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Senior Citizen’s Center. The ceremony was held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the West Bank Recreational Complex in Edgard. Also on hand for the celebration were representatives from LA Contracting Enterprises, LLC and Assessor-elect and former Councilman at Large Division A, Lucien Gauff.
The $600,000 construction project, designed by the Duplantis Design Group, will provide a 3,000 square foot modernized buidling for seniors to utilize on a daily basis. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art kitchen, large activity room, aesthetic amenities and a large wrap around porch. “I am looking forward to utilizing the center and everything it will have to offer,” said Councilman Sorapuru. “With its close location to the nearby park, socializing and networking will go hand and hand with physical fitness.” Councilman Becnel added, “Our seniors deserve this center and I am proud to be apart of the project. I also want to thank the community for their support and Council on Aging board and staff.”
The project is funded through the 2014 Bond Issue and construction is estimated to be completed within six months, weather permitting. Council on Aging Director Cheryl Parquet called the project a “dream come true” after many years of planning and Board Member Leroy Mitchell expressed his elation to see the project come to construction: “Thank you to the Parish President for continuing to push this project and find funding to execute it. Our seniors are very excited and when they are happier and enjoy themselves, they ultimately live longer.”
Breakfast and lunch are served daily at the Council on Aging Centers and activities include Bingo, card games, birthday celebrations and field trips. All residents 60 years and over are welcome to visit the centers located in Edgard and Reserve. “This project comes with a host of other projects on the Westbank including renovations to the existing center, upcoming renovations to the Westbank Community Center, the Courthouse Renovation Project and the Park Improvement Project,” said President Robottom. “This project, as well as the many others, is a testament of our commitment to the Westbank and one more step toward bettering the community and Parish as a whole.