Thursday the city of Broussard officially closed on 131 acres of land to be dedicated to its new Regional Park facility.
The land purchased from Billeaud and Saint Julian Incorporated for over 2 million dollars is located off of Saint Nazaire Road and will eventually become a state of the art park costing the city of Broussard over 17 million dollars. Spokesperson for the city of Broussard Amy Jones says park is a huge step forward.
"Something like this is really going to be a great addition for the residents of Broussard, for the region, and really for the state of Louisiana as a whole. We're very excited about the project!"
The park is expected to create an expansion of hotels and restaurants in the area in order to serve the competitive soccer and baseball tournaments that are expected to be played at the new facility in the future.
Broussard plans to have the park designed, built and open to the public in the next two years.
Broussard Park Plans
The City of Broussard is prepared to spend up to $20 million to build two city parks.
The money will come from a sales tax approved by voters last November. The proposed parks for Broussard will be located in two different locations. One will be located on St. Nazaire road.
This park will be the Athletic Park. The plan for the park includes: a basketball court, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields and even an amphitheater.
The second park will be located along Heart D Farm Road in the district of Broussard councilman Ray Bourque.
The park in his district will be designed to accommodate outdoor activities such as a dog parks, walking and biking trails.
The proposal includes a bandstand to allow for festivals and events. Broussard spokesperson Amy Jones says Broussard is growing..
"This park is about the citizens of Broussard. We like to know what they would like to see and activities they're interested in," says Bourque.
"Making sure there is green recreational space, especially considering population growth in Broussard and the expected growth," adds Jones.
"The council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, September 19 at Broussard Middle School.
Residents can provide feedback on what they want for future generations to come.