Moncus Park remains on track to celebrate its grand opening next spring.
The first phase of this 100-acre family-oriented park will include a dog park, a farmer’s market, a four-acre lake, and more than two miles of walking trails. Future phases will include a Veterans memorial, farmer’s market pavilion, an amphitheater, a splash pad, tree-houses and more.
“There are so many new features for people to appreciate out here now. Having that infrastructure in place so that everyone can come and enjoy this park is really important to us. As we continue to raise funds, we will continue to build out the additional elements that are remaining in the master plan over the next several years. The community saved this property, they came up with the master plan, and now they are helping to fund the construction. We are just so grateful for everyone’s support,” said Elizabeth “EB” Brooks, Executive Director of Moncus Park.
The site was originally a working research farm for UL-Lafayette, commonly known as “the horse farm.” In 2005, news broke that the property was slated to be commercially developed. A successful grassroots effort preserved the land as a public park instead. Lafayette Central Park, Inc., is the non-profit conservancy charged with planning, designing, and building what is now “Moncus Park,” after a generous lead gift from local philanthropist, Mr. Jim Moncus.