Grab the swimsuit and the sunscreen.
The Office of State Parks has opened swimming pools at most state parks for the summer season.
Parks with swimming pools available for day use are: Chicot in Ville Platte, Lake Bistineau near Doyline, Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville, North Toledo Bend in Zwolle and St. Bernard in Braithwaite. Bayou Segnette in Westwego has a wave pool for patrons. Certified lifeguards are on-site during pool hours to monitor swimmers.
Bogue Chitto in Franklinton, Fontainebleau in Mandeville, Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Fausse Pointe near St. Martinville, Palmetto Island near Abbeville, Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi and Tickfaw in Springfield have water playground facilities for children. The playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and available to overnight and day-use visitors.
State parks with designated beach swimming areas include Bogue Chitto in Franklinton, Cypremort Point east of Franklin, Fontainebleau in Mandeville, Grand Isle, Jimmie Davis in Chatham, Lake Bistineau near Doyline, Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Claiborne in Homer, Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi and South Toledo Bend near Anacoco. All beach areas are open daily, but do not have lifeguard supervision. Standard day-use admission of $1 per person provides beach access.
Visitors are advised to check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change. Pool hours of operation, fees charged and pool schedule exceptions at each state park are as follows:
Bayou Segnette State Park: Wave pool open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $10/adult, $8/child (under 4 feet)
Lake Bistineau State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
Lake D’Arbonne State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
North Toledo Bend State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee
St. Bernard State Park: Pool open 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, $2/person pool fee
The swimming pool at Chemin-A-Haut near Bastrop was expected to be ready for public use beginning June 4, after a repair project. The swimming pool at Chicot near Ville Platte will not open until mid to late June, due to equipment repairs.
Day-use swimming pools at state parks will operate five or six days per week through the beginning of August when a revised schedule will be announced. Pool hours and days of operation are subject to change so all pool users should call the park prior to arrival.
•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.LaStateParks.com
Fall trip for seniors
A Louisiana Travelers Senior Citizens’ trip to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands & Black Hills of South Dakota is scheduled for Sep. 30-Oct. 10.
The cost is $879 and covers transportation, 10 nights lodging, 18 meals and numerous attractions including a visit to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a dinner party complete with entertainment and a visit to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
For more information, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872.
Museum inducts 16
The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum on the grounds of the Chris Crusta Airport in Abbeville inducted 16 service cross recipients from Louisiana into the Hall of Fame recently.
This was the fourth induction ceremony since the museum’s opening.
• Sgt. Richard Franklin Abshire, U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, from Abbeville;
• Ensign John Burton Bain, U.S. Navy, Navy Cross (second award), from Franklin;
• Gen. Robert H. Barrow, U.S. Marine Corps, Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross, from St. Francisville;
• Lt. Guy Pierre Bordelon Jr., U.S. Navy, Navy Cross, from Alexandria;
• Brig. Gen. Steve A. Chappuis, U.S. Army, Distinguished Service Cross, from Rayne;
• Col. Charles B. DeBellevue, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Cross, from New Orleans;
• 2nd Lt. Conrad C. Derouen Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, Navy Cross, from Abbeville;
• Rear Adm. Thomas Michael Dykers, U.S. Navy, Navy Cross (second award), from New Orleans;
• Lt. Col. George C. Finck, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Cross, retired in Louisiana;
• Rear Adm. Walker Thomas Griffith, U.S. Navy, Navy Cross (second award), from Mansfield;
• Col. Hunter F. Hackney, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Cross, retired in Louisiana;
• Maj. Gen. Raymond Frederick Hufft, U.S. Army, Distinguished Service Cross, from New Orleans;
• 1st Lt. (Chaplain) Joseph Verbis LaFleur, Army Air Force, Distinguished Service Cross, from Ville Platte;
• 1st Lt. Herman Moyse, U.S. Army, Distinguished Service Cross, from St. Gabriel;
• Rear Adm. Thomas John Ryan Jr., U.S. Navy, Medal of Honor (Peacetime) and Navy Cross (second award), from New Orleans; and
• Col. William T. Whisner, Army Air Force, Distinguished Service Cross (third award), from Shreveport.
Each branch awards their service cross members who have demonstrated extreme valor in the face of an armed enemy. These awards are second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/lmhofam
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