Public hearing set for comments for Richardson Park project

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RICHARDSON PARK Photo by Hannah Richardson

The City of Natchitoches will host a public hearing to discuss the Louisiana Office of Community Development CDBG funds for COVID relief. The Love Louisiana Outdoors grant was released for the development or rehabilitation of outdoor fitness and recreational parks to provide suitable space for activities to encourage physical distancing and support social distancing guidance. The hearing will be at the MLK Recreation Center Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m.  The City is seeking public comments on the project, which will serve to rehabilitate Richardson Park.

The City will add ADA-compliant park benches, new trash receptacles, pedestal-mount barbecue grills, inclusive play equipment and a half-court basketball court for the youth. In addition, the project aims to add approximately 25 parking spaces to aid in traffic congestion on the streets surrounding the park, and upgraded bathroom facilities.

Further, the City proposed adding a walking trail that provides people of all ages with an attractive, safe, accessible and low- or no-cost place to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate. The total cost of the project is approximately $250,000.

This article published in the Sept. 4, 2021, print edition

Residents will be given the opportunity to provide oral and written comments on the project at the public hearing. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. If unable to attend, residents can watch the public hearing via the City’s YouTube Channel (CityofNatchitoches LA).  For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (318) 352-2772.