BROUSSARD — Trahan Construction, which is finishing up the first phase of construction of St. Julien Park, has been awarded a contact to build the park’s second phase, city officials said Wednesday.
Trahan Construction, the Lake Arthur company that built Youngsville’s sports park, was awarded the contract after submitting a low bid of almost $25.3 million, Broussard spokeswoman Amy Jones said.
She said park construction remains on track to be completed in 2016.
“This is a significant project for both Broussard and the entire Acadiana region,” Mayor Charles Langlinais said. “The completion of this park is going to attract further economic growth and spur continued commercial, retail and residential development in Broussard.”
The project’s second phase encompasses construction of the baseball and soccer fields, concession stands, pavilions, roads that will snake through the park, trails for pedestrians and runners, and ponds. Trahan workers also will oversee landscaping.
When completed, the 122-acre St. Julien Park, located off St. Nazaire Road east of U.S. 90, will have fields for softball and baseball players, ponds stocked with fish, a Frisbee course, and a recreation center with an upstairs track, and downstairs basketball courts and meeting rooms.
St. Julien Park is being financed by a half-cent sales tax Broussard residents approved in November 2011. Originally projected to cost $27 million, St. Julien will bust that estimate.
Jones said in an emailed response that the project’s total cost could not be reliably calculated until the project enters its third phase.
But money should be not be a barrier. The tax, which is dedicated solely to the park, has no sunset date and will be used to finance construction and maintenance.
Johnnie Foco, a city councilman, said the park was an investment meant to further the growth of Broussard, a city of fewer than 10,000 residents that lies to the southeast of Lafayette and straddles U.S. 90.
“Without a doubt, this park will be one of the finest facilities in Louisiana and will draw visitors to our area every year from around the state and region for decades to come,” Foco said.
When completed, St. Julien will be almost twice the size of the Youngsville Sports Complex, a 70-acre park that was completed in spring 2014 for $15.4 million.
Trahan Construction also was the prime contractor that built the Youngsville complex.