The official grand opening and ribbon cutting of $630,000 Plaquemine City Park improvement project is set for Saturday, November 4, at 10 am. The entire park will be opened for public use.
The public is invited to attend. A brief ceremony will be held and the city will provide free hot dogs and drinks after in celebration of the opening.
The improvement project included a new $250,000 playground with rubberized soft surface, a new bathroom facility, new concession stand, resurfaced basketball courts, an extended walking trail and walkways, a new pavilion, picnic tables and benches, new concrete block dugouts, and backstop upgrades to the ball fields, lighting, and new sodding throughout the park.
The playground was opened for use about two months ago, as work continued in other areas of the park. The City of Plaquemine funded $250,000 of the extensive improvement project with the assistance of a $250,000 grant from the La. Office of State Parks, a division of the La. Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. In addition, the Iberville Parks and Recreation District provided the new swing set area and resurfacing of the basketball courts, which cost approximately $130,000.
“We’ve received rave reviews about the playground, and residents are very excited to see these improvements as they have progressed,” said Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves, Jr. “It is a massive improvement to the park, which was sorely needed. The use of the park has quadrupled since the playground was opened, and we expect even more use when it is completely opened.”