Plaquemine Parks To Receive A Face Lift

Parks are an important part of any community. They are a great way for residents to enjoy the outdoors and come together. Plaquemines Parish has received the distinguished state Community Achievement Award that is given by the Louisiana Municipal Association to proceed with the parish’s park renovations.

So far, improvements are being made currently to three Plaquemine parks Fort Area Park, North Plaquemine Park and Herman Graham. New restrooms are being built and will hopefully be done in time for the summer. The new restrooms will include a separate facility for men and women. This phase is much needed as the restroom at Herman Graham Park is permanently closed because it is falling apart.

The restroom project is a part of the ” continuation of improvements at all city parks initiated under Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves Jr. and the Board of Selectmen, which also included extensive upgrades at City Park in 2017.”

“We have made a significant investment in improving all our parks in the last three years in hopes that residents will get outdoors and enjoy these recreational facilities,” Mayor Reeves said.

The Mayor is excited and says the renovations will make the parks among the best in this region. North Plaquemine Park and Herman Graham Park will boast new playgrounds, new basketball courts, landscaping and walkways. Fort Area Park, that was purchased in 2018, now has a new playground, fencing and all the land has been leveled and cleared of scrub trees. The park also has a basketball and restroom building currently under construction.

“We also have obtained more than $1.1 million in grant funds to build a levee-top walking and biking trail on the Mississippi River levee but are still awaiting one final agency approval to begin work. We are ready and anxious to begin,” he said. Hopefully, we can go out for bid on the first phase of that project this summer.”

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