Walking into last night's gala it was easy to be captured by lit walk-ways. Equestrian It was noticeable how much work went into putting this event on. City-Parish President Joey Durel explains why it was necessary to host such an expensive event.
Mayor Joey Durel: "This is an expensive proposition and if we want this to not go in the hands of government we're gonna have to raise money as a community."
Although raising money was the purpose of this event it also gave attendees a chance to imagine the future of the horse farm. This endeavor has long been close to Mayor Durel's heart and he explains why
Joey Durel: "To have an opportunity to preserve 100 acres of Prestine Land in the middle of town is a very unique opportunity. Tonight is sort of beginning of a future history.
Mayor Durel also explains why he thinks this project will be so beneficial to Acadiana.
Mayor Durel: "I believe that while it is all about improving the quality of life for our citizens its also about improving the quality of life for future citizens that we hope to move to Lafayette and create these jobs."
It is important to Mayor Durel that the community be a part of this project so the horse farm will be open to the public for free this Saturday to raise community awareness and highlight the level of community support that will be needed to turn the park into something great.
Mayor Durel: "While this park is not ready to be open to the public I still feel like the public owns it and I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to come out here."
The Mayor encourages the public to bring their children, grandchildren, and their cameras so children 20 years from now will have pictures of what this beautiful garden use to look like.