State Rep. fighting for New Iberia pool - KLFY News 10

State Rep. fighting for New Iberia pool

By November 1st, state Rep. Terry Landry plans on requesting money for the pool in New Iberia's West End Park. 

"I am trying to find some state dollars that we take a look at this pool, get an assessment. The assessment I have to rehab this pool is about $800,000 and it's going to take about $1.5 million to build a new pool," says Rep. Landry.

As a Capital Outlay Project Request, which would be included under H.B. 2 for next year—assuming he meets the November deadline—he says an answer from Baton Rouge wouldn't come any time soon.

"It's not going to happen this year. It may not even happen next year. It depends on what priority it falls in," says Landry.

In the meantime, the pool remains abandoned; an eye sore in on the west side of town filled with overgrown plants, cracks and lots of dirty, stagnant water.

City Councilman Raymond "Shoe-Do" Lewis was a maintenance worker for the New Iberia Parks and Recreation Department for about five years during the 90’s. He says, since then, not much has changed at the pool in West End Park.

"Different administrations have piece mealed and tried to fix it and the equipment is antiquated now and I know it's beyond repair," says Lewis.

Lewis says the city just doesn't have the money to repair it.

Resident Tikisha Gonsoulin lives across the street from the pool and says it is the kids who will suffer.

"There really isn't anything for the kids to do and most of the kids don't have transportation to go back and forth to the City Park," says Gonsoulin.

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