Donaldsonville park project gets $10K donation _lowres

Photo provided by Jackie Tisdell -- Leadership Ascension project team member and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Westside Patrol Division Capt. Rick Bergeron, left, accepts a $10,000 donation from Sheriff Jeff Wiley for the Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces initiative to build a park in Donaldsonville.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley recently presented a $10,000 check to Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces, a Leadership Ascension project to build a park in Donaldsonville.

Project team member and sheriff’s Westside Patrol Division Capt. Rick Bergeron accepted the donation from Wiley on behalf of the project.

The previous week, LSU agricultural engineering students presented a playground design based on drawings by Donaldsonville Primary and Lowery Elementary students. A community build is scheduled April 9-10 at The Church of Donaldsonville, Catalpa Street at West Sixth Street in Donaldsonville.

On Feb. 4, LSU landscape architecture students planned an open forum at the church to gather comments before doing a complete site plan for the park.

“We need to raise a minimum of $50,000 to build the playground and refurbish the basketball court. If we are able surpass our goal, we will apply it to additional enhancements to the space based on the design developed by the LSU students and priorities expressed by the community,” project manager Jackie Tisdell said.

Those wishing to partner or contribute to the project can email Tisdell at or call (225) 210-7567, or contact any of the following team members: Cindy Babin, of Prejean Computer Consultants, LLC; Scott Bradshaw, of Cox Communications; Bergeron; Kevin Chenier, of Methanex; Daniel Domangue, of Skid Marks Tire Pros; Chris Irvine, of BASF; Charla Johnson, of St. Elizabeth Hospital; or Trinette Reynard, of the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court.

All donations are tax deductible and can be directed to the “Leadership Ascension Foundation” with the memo “Heathy Spaces.” For information, visit