Good things are on the horizon for the Horse Farm. The community has been patiently waiting for this day as Phase 1 of the park will be put into motion.
Monday. park overseers had their pre-construction meeting after choosing Trahan Construction last week. While a date hasn’t been set in stone just yet, in the next few weeks a park groundbreaking will be announced and those who’ve been working for this park since day one, are beyond excited.
“I might…I might actually cry really”said Elizabeth Brooks, Executive Director of Lafayette Central Park Inc.
Tears of happiness as what has been a near twelve year journey finally comes into focus.
“It’s like watching the birth of a child” smiled Kelly Courville, Director of Philanthropy at Lafayette Central Park Inc.
Right now, at Moncus Park at the Horse Farm you can hear the rustling of leaves and the sounds of people enjoying the outdoors. But, before the end of January…
“We’ll see the shovels in the ground and the machines and the equipment out here, the fencing will go up.” beamed Courville.
The sound of construction will also be heard throughout it’s 100 acres.
“13 million dollars has been raised to start the construction of Phase 1” said Courville.
“Phase 1 includes really awesome features like a pond, a tree lined promenade, tree houses, a dog park.” said Brooks.
The amenities go on to even include a Cajun themed mini golf course and carousel. But, while we wait for the park to come to life, access may be limited.
“You know we’re hoping the construction will be a year and a half or so. When construction starts we don’t know how much access we will have.” said Courville, “We know we’ll still have the farmers market.”
With the start of phase 1, fundraising is still not over.
“Really I think the continuation for funding for phase 2 are for specific elements” said Brooks.
“All in total we need about 30-40 million to build this park the way it’s designed. Once we build it we’re gonna continue to raise money to operate it.”said Courville.
12 years later, and the beginning of the end is in sight.
“It really is such an emotional thing for a lot of people in the community that have poured so much time energy and financial resources into making this come to life” smiled Brooks.
Trahan Construction has built the new Broussard park and the park in Youngsville. If you’d like to see more of the plans for the park or how to get involved in phase 2, click here.