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Parish looking to make improvements to parks, roads

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

Recreational parks in the parish may see several improvements in 2013, according to a 2013 West Baton Rouge Parish Council budget introduced last week.

In August, parish officials reported vandalism of several parks, including William & Lee Park in Port Allen and Myhand Park in Addis.

Now, the parish has budgeted $15,000 for cameras at William & Lee Park, Alexander Park in Brusly and Erwinville Park in Erwinville.

Finance Director Philip Bourgoyne said Myhand Park already has cameras and since the vandalism William & Lee Park received temporary cameras.

Alexander Park, Erwinville Park, Myhand Park and the Port Allen Community Center are each slated to receive a splash pad, or an area of recreational water play, next to existing playground equipment. The four splash pads will total $750,000, or $187,500 each, and are a carryover item from the amended 2012 budget.

Bourgoyne said the parish has already hired an engineering firm for the splash pads and that he expects construction to begin in January and the splash pads to be ready for the spring.

The levee top in Port Allen may also see improvements in 2013. 

Port Allen Mayor Roger Bergeron said in June that the city had set aside $53,000 for a 495-foot extension of the levee top walking trail and that the parish would most likely match the city’s amount in 2013.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Council proposed 2013 budget shows a $50,000 match with the city of Port Allen for the levee top extension.

Bourgoyne said the parish has also applied for a $500,000 Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development grant to extend the levee top further on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Along with the proposed 2013 budget the parish also released a new, proposed five-year Capital Road Program. 

In 2013 the parish proposes $1.8 million to overlay 20 roads and make final repairs to Commercial Drive and S. Westport Drive.

Bourgoyne said the parish spent a total of $1.6 million for its Capital Road Program in 2012. 

$800,000 in improvements to roads funded by a grant will carry over into 2013, he said. Those roads account for 10 of the roads set for completion in 2013.

Bourgoyne said he simply presented the 2013 budget last week, but he will not introduce an ordinance until the Nov. 15 council meeting and the council will not vote to adopt the budget until the Dec. 13 meeting.

He said the council has until Dec. 13 to review the budget and make changes.

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