Residents attend workshop to discuss Park at Horse Farm - KLFY News 10

Residents attend workshop to discuss Park at Horse Farm

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Residents and Lafayette City Officials attended a public input workshop at the Heymann Center Ballroom. The hot topic? The Park at the Horse Farm and how it's coming along. "Now you're starting to see all the dreams of Lafayette starting to waddle itself down into what it could be," said City-Parish President Joey Durel.

The public forum for The Park at the Horse Farm is the first of six meetings to be held this week. It is the second to last round of meetings as organizers work to finalize the master plan with community input.

"A part of what we are going to cover tonight is actually looking through a couple conceptual alternatives for the different kind of layouts for the park and then also look through a lot of park images from around the world and kind of get the public's feedback on how they think the park should look and feel," said Elizabeth "E.B." Brooks, Director of Planning and Design at Lafayette City Park.

Organizers have received plenty of feedback thus far, as many different ideas have come to the table. "A lot of people have a lot of support for a small amphitheater, farmer's market pavilion, obviously trails and biking facilities. Some sort of connection to the Vermillion River down by Rotary River perhaps. I don't know, the possibilities are endless." said Brooks. Building a park comes with a big expense.

A general fundraiser campaign is being planned for late spring, along with other money raising efforts in order to help organizers reach their goal. ""We are trying to reach a goal of probably $15 million for capital construction as well as a $15 million endowment fund. That's the charge for my board and that's our initial phase at least at this point," said David Calhoun, Executive Director of Lafayette Central Park.

Another fundraising effort, if you are interested in having a plaque on the boardwalk in the park in memory of someone special, you can donate $100.00 to "Board on the Walk" through Lafayette Utilities' billing system.

Calhoun also stated that he hopes to have the master plan completed and approved by the City-Parish council and park board by late summer. He's also anticipating a groundbreaking ceremony to be held in late fall with construction immediately following.

For a list of future meetings, follow our KLFY Facebook page or visit lpssonline.org.

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