Thursday, April 18, 2024

Bossier Parish Police Jury discuss upcoming project at local park

by BIZ Magazine

One of Bossier Parish’s increasingly popular parks will be receiving a major facelift following action by the parish police jury Wednesday during its regular session.

Jury members awarded a $1.571 million bid for improvements at Parish Camp that will include upgrades to the existing boat launch, one of the only launch sites on southern Lake Bistineau that remains open during low water. Fifty percent of the funding for the project comes from federal grants obtained by the police jury recreation department, headed by Director Warren Saucier.

Plans also call for clearing a portion of 12 acres on the east side of the existing park property that was purchased in 2020. A parking area and RV facilities are scheduled in the future for much of that area.

Bossier Parish Police Jury workers have already completed an extension of nearly 110 feet for a pier along the western lake front of the park in order to accommodate docking more fishing and pleasure boats. A restroom complex, complete with a shower facility, has also been constructed at the camp.

A larger, wider launch ramp capable of handling more than one boat or large party barges is part of the construction plans.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Saucier said a pre-construction meeting has been scheduled and work on the project could begin as early as 30 days from now. Unfortunately, the park will be closed while the project is underway. A completion date has not been established.

Jury member Bob Brotherton said it is unfortunate that the park and its boat launch site has to close during construction. Brotherton said the site is popular with hunters during duck season since it’s one of the only launches on the southern end of Lake Bistineau.

But, he noted, a temporary inconvenience is not a bad price to pay for progress in the police jury’s park and recreation system.

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