St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

West Bank Park Improvement Project Nearing Completion in Time for Tourism Push

West Bank Park Improvement Project Nearing Completion in Time for Tourism Push

Parish President Natalie Robottom requested and received authorization to execute a Certificate of Substantial Completion with HHP Construction Group, LLC of LaPlace for the West Bank Park Improvement Project. Phase II of the park was funded through the 2009 bond issue at a total construction cost of $280,892.00 and includes a new entrance, walking path, parking lot, and roadway into the park. “This is one more step completed; I look forward to the completion of the entire project,” stated Councilman Haston Lewis.

Phase I included three baseball fields and lighting, a concession stand and restroom facilities. Phase III of the park is in the bid phase and will include an airnasium and rest rooms near the walking path. The construction cost of Phase III is estimated at $500,000 and should be under construction by summer. “In making these improvements, use of the park for exercise, family time and outdoor events has increased. Once the airnasium is completed and playground equipment installed, we expect even more use of the park,” said Parish President Robottom.

As a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Louisiana and British Petroleum (BP) for tourism recovery efforts from the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, St. John the Baptist Parish has been allocated $54,738.99 for the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program. At Wednesday’s council meeting, a resolution was approved authorizing Jay Tusa, Executive Director for the River Parishes Tourist Commission to act on behalf of the Parish in securing the funds. Once the funds are received, Mr. Tusa will implement the plan developed in conjunction with officials in the River Parishes to promote tourism on a local and regional basis. “This money was allocated to the St. John Parish because of the known impact to tourism in the region. Working in conjunction with our regional partners, a plan was developed to promote St. John, as well as the River Parishes,” stated Robottom.