Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Dec. 3 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Ascension Chamber of Commerce -- Members of the Leadership Ascension project team, Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces, receive a $5,000 donation from PotashCorp to build a playground in Donaldsonville. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Babin, Kevin Chenier, Daniel Domangue, Trinette Reynard, Chris Irvine, Charla Johnson, PotashCorp Human Resources Manager Garry Hiebert, Jackie Tisdell, Ascension Chamber of Commerce President Sherrie Despino and Rick Bergeron. Not pictured is Scott Bradshaw.

Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces, a Leadership Ascension project team, received its first donation on Nov. 19 for a community park the team plans to build in Donaldsonville this spring.

The $5,000 donation was provided by PotashCorp. The team seeks to raise $50,000 for the project and also hopes to install a walking path.

The park site, located at the old Lowery Middle School, owned by The Church of Donaldsonville, will include a playground designed by LSU engineering students based on drawings and comments from students at Donaldsonville Primary School and Lowery Elementary School, a news release said.

“These kids should be able to have constructive fun in a nice family setting. This park will provide a place for our students to play in a safe environment when they are home, not out running on the streets,” said Dawn Love, principal of Lowery Elementary.

The LSU engineering students are led by Dr. Marybeth Lima, the Cliff and Nancy Spanier Alumni Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and director of the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership at LSU. Her students have designed and built more than 30 playgrounds.

To become a partner or contribute to the project, email project manager Jackie Tisdell at or call (225) 210-7567.