Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Sept. 17, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- Alvin Chauvin, third from left, of Local Union 102, presents a donation to Project Kidz Kove board members, from left, Erin Lanoux, Audrey Boudreaux, Stacey Bumpus, holding honorary board member Alex Lanoux, Betty Arceneaux, Tammy Cullen, Beverly Plaisance and Leslie Ickes.

Kidz Kove Discovery Park’s repair and upgrade fund got a $33,000 boost thanks to a donation from a recently disbanded union group.

Officials and members of the Project Kidz Kove board met at the Gonzales park Sept. 9 to accept a $33,000 donation from Alvin Chauvin, of the recently disbanded Local Union 102 in Prairieville.

Judge Alvin Turner pointed the union in the park’s direction when union officials approached him asking what to do with any monies left over, Gonzales Public Information Officer Charlotte Guedry said.

“When we heard about the park, we knew it was the right thing to do with the money,” Chauvin said. “It’s a great cause and a wonderful idea for the community.”

Kidz Kove Discovery Park, a pirate-themed park with playground areas for special needs and other children, opened in November after four years of fundraising by Project Kidz Kove. Through a cooperative endeavor agreement, the city maintains the park while the Project Kidz Kove board raises funds for additions and repairs to the park.

“This is yet another great day for the city of Gonzales, the wonderful Kidz Kove organization and the many children we are seeing utilizing this facility, those with special needs and those without,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said. “Through donations such as these, we will see this park grow from strength to strength and thrive for many years to come.”