Thursday, June 16, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom & her Administrative staff including Recreation Director Kerry Watkins and Capital Projects Administrator Daron Cooper, joined David Dupre of Meyer Engineers Ltd. and Jeremy Landry with LA Contracting Enterprise, LLC for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Recreation Improvements Project. The ceremony was held on Thursday morning at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial (Hwy 51) Park near the new Splash Park.
Based on the Parks Master Plan developed in 2013 from the input of Parish officials and the community, $2.3 million in park improvements were constructed by LA Contracting Enterprise LLC to each park throughout the Parish. Designed by Meyer Engineers LTD, improvements included two spray parks, a dog park, new play sets, gazebos, fitness stations, restroom facilities, benches, concession stands, parking lot improvements and other aesthetic upgrades. “This project enhances the overall quality of life in the Parish and I was happy to be a part of it,” said Dupre. Landry added, “St. John has the most projects unfolding by far and President Robottom and her team should be commended for the work they are doing to improve the community.”
Park improvements were entirely funded through the 2014 bond issue. “The Spray Parks at REGALA and Hwy 51 and are now open just in time for the hottest summer months,” said, Recreation Director Kerry Watkins. “In addition, dog lovers are welcome to frequent the new dog park at Hwy 51 during normal park hours which mandates that all dogs have updated vaccines and are never left unattended. Birthday parties and rentals are also available by contacting the Recreation Department at 652-9569.”
Residents can view a complete list of park enhancements by visiting sjbparish.com. As funding becomes available, additional projects in the plan will be constructed. President Robottom is pleased to see the project come to fruition but is requesting the community’s help with reporting vandalism. “We encourage our residents to assist us with keeping the parks litter free and free from damage,” she said. “Please contact the Sheriff's Office immediately if you see suspicious activity and help us preserve these investments.”