Friday, May 24, 2024

Bossier Parish Camp Unveiled During Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

by BIZ Magazine

The Bossier Parish Camp celebrated its official opening on May 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the newly renovated public boat launch on Lake Bistineau.

The ceremony, attended by a small crowd of parish officials and guests, showcased the camp’s impressive transformation. Among the highlights are a spacious two-boat-wide launch, a convenient handicap-accessible pier, and a sprawling 40-car parking lot, providing ample space for trucks and trailers. Additionally, the campgrounds have been expanded, and a modern bathroom facility has been added, enhancing the overall visitor experience.

District 1 Juror, Bob Brotherton, expressed his satisfaction with the camp’s new features, remarking, “This is not a parking lot anymore; this is a first-class job, and I am excited that Bossier Parish will be able to use this facility and launch from the Bossier parish side into Lake Bistineau.”

The successful completion of the $1.5 million project was made possible through the dedicated efforts of past and present Bossier Parish Police Jury members, including Mac Plummer, former District 12 Juror. Plummer commended the commitment and hard work of the staff in turning the vision into reality, stating, “It took a lot of commitment and work from the staff to take our vision and help bring it to pass, and we’re just proud of the turnout.”

Warren Saucier, Director of Bossier Parks & Recreation, played a key role in securing funding for the camp’s upgrades. Reflecting on the project, Saucier shared, “I was sitting down here one day, and I was talking to Wildlife and Fisheries, and I asked them if they knew of any grants to get places like this fixed up. He said to look at land, water, and conservation. I then got the team to help me write a federal grant, and now here we are. I’m proud to live here, proud to work here, and proud of the work the parish has done.”

The newly renovated Bossier Parish Camp promises to be a valuable recreational asset for residents and visitors alike, offering enhanced facilities and access to the scenic beauty of Lake Bistineau.

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