Parish Breaks Ground on Recreation Improvements Project

Friday, July 10, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom & Administrative staff including Recreation Director Kerry Watkins and Capital Projects Administrator Daron Cooper, Council members Michael Wright, Larry Snyder and Marvin Perrilloux joined Rick Meyer and David Dupre of Meyer Engineers Ltd. and Jeremy Landry with LA Contracting Enterprise for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Recreation Improvements Project. The ceremony was held on Wednesday morning at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial (Hwy 51) Park, one of the parks slated for major improvements.

Based on the Parks Master Plan developed in 2013, $2.3 million in park improvements were designed through extensive discussion with Administrative staff, Council members, the Recreation Advisory Board, as well as residents. Improvements to every Park in the Parish will be funded through the 2014 Bond Issue and include two spray parks, a dog park, new play sets, gazebos, fitness stations, restroom facilities and other aesthetic upgrades. “This multi-million dollar project is not only an investment in our infrastructure, but also in our youth of St. John Parish,” said Michael Wright, Council Chairman. “I look forward to the continuation of this project as well as the many others put into the pipe works through our bond issues and grants.”

The Parks Master Plan was completed by Meyer Engineers, Ltd and included the estimated costs for each project. As funding becomes available, additional projects in the plan will be constructed. “This is another great day in St. John Parish which showcases the hard work and progress being made on behalf of our residents,” said President Robottom.  “We look forward to the day our residents can enjoy these new facilities.” The project is set to be completed in January of 2016.

Residents can view the improvements plans by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department webpage on the parish website at “We encourage our residents to help maintain the park improvements once complete, as they are investments in the quality of life for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Please report vandalism in our parks and assist with keeping our parks litter-free,” President Robottom added.


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