St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Gonzales recently donated $5,000 to Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces, a Leadership Ascension project team that plans to build a community park in Donaldsonville this spring.

St. Elizabeth Chief Fiscal Officer Scott Richard presented the check to project team members Charla Johnson, of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Jackie Tisdell, of Ascension Public Schools, as well as Chamber Executive Director Sherrie Despino, a news release said.

The new park will be constructed on the old Lowery Middle School site, now owned by the Church of Donaldsonville. LSU engineering students will design the playground based on drawings and comments from students at Donaldsonville Primary and Lowery Elementary schools.

LSU’s Marybeth Lima and Bruce Sharky met with Leadership Ascension team members recently to work on the involvement of an LSU landscape architecture class to provide a complete site plan for the park.

Lima is 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 over the years.

Sharky, a professor of landscape architecture at LSU, has worked professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Winnipeg, as well as in state government. He had a private landscape practice in Anchorage, Alaska, for 15 years prior to joining LSU. His students will do a complete site plan for the park that will include the playground being designed by Lima’s team, the release said.

To become a partner or contribute to the project, 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; Rick Bergeron, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Kevin Chenier, of Methanex; Daniel Domangue, of Skid Marks Tire Pros; Chris Irvine, of BASF; Charla Johnson, of St. Elizabeth Hospital; or Trinette Reyard, 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.” Visit for information.