Many in Acadiana came out in support of fundraising efforts for Lafayette Central Park, also known as the Horse Farm.
The event, "Party in the Park", was held in an effort to raise funds for the construction of Lafayette Central Park. "This is actually to kick off our fundraising campaign and we are hoping to raise $30 million to build the very first phase of construction," said Elizabeth "E.B."
Brooks, Director of Planning and Design for Lafayette Central Park. Brooks said she's excited about unveiling the master plan for the park after tremendous input by citizens in the Hub City. "We have a lot of great elements that we feel the public would really feel good about. We've been through a really rigorous process of public engagement and 7,000 people actually came out and helped us capture this vision," said Brooks.
Brooks also explained some of the elements that can be found in the plan. "Some of my favorite things that I love that are in the plan are probably the tree houses, the small kind of amphitheatre, a hammock grove, and then a beautiful pavilion that will be over a little pond," said Brooks.
After seeing the unveiling of the master plan many in the community said they're very excited about the future of the park. "We've been following the park since its inception. We've contributed some ideas for it. I think it's going to be a flagship environment for the entire area," said Keith Stutes, an attendee at "Party in the Park".
Stutes is not the only one that feels this will be a great asset for Lafayette. Adam Angers, who actually lives around the park, said the city needs this development. "I've got two young kids and this gives them a place to come but point in that I love it for Lafayette. It's something Lafayette was desperately in need of and it's going to be tremendous for the whole community," said Angers.
Anyone who wishes to help with fundraising efforts for the park can go to lafayettecentralpark.com
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
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