Natchez applying for grant to fund park improvements

The photos on this post show the current condition of the facilities at the Natchez park.

Submitted by Natchez Mayor Patsy Ward-Hoover
The Village of Natchez hosted a public hearing April 7 to discuss and receive comments on applying for a grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development called Love Louisiana Outdoors (LLO). This grant focuses on the impact of Covid-19 and social distancing in communities that have public spaces such as recreational parks and outdoor fitness facilities. The LLO funds can be used toward providing suitable space for activities to encourage physical distancing and support social distancing guidance. This program specifically focused on municipalities and parishes that have been determined to meet the national objective requirements of low to moderate income area.

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The Village would like to add two 12×12 foot shade pavilions, ADA compliant picnic tables, new trash receptacles, new metal benches, pedestal-mount barbeque grills, pave the parking lot to add 26 defined parking spots, extend the walking track and entry into the restrooms so they will be ADA compliant to the park. In addition, renovate the park restrooms with new paint, sinks, roof, toilets, hand dryers and partitions that are rust and water resistant. In addition to adding LED lighting, the Village of Natchez would like to add a five piece obstacle course so ore youth and young adults can focus on physical fitness while social distancing, three water bottle fill stations, update the playground equipment and perform minor repairs to the baseball field as funding allows.

This renovation will make a difference since the park is the community center where people gather for birthday parties, social events including the annual community festival, play basketball and baseball, family reunions, class reunions, picnics, the back to school supply bash, fall festival and more in an outdoor space.
The administration would like to provide a public space that is safe, accessible and attractive.
The cost of the project is estimated at $131,000. A copy of the grant application is available for viewing at Natchez City Hall.