Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Jan. 21, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Jackie Tisdell -- BASF, of Geismar, donated $10,000 to a Leadership Ascension project team, Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces, that plans to build a community park in Donaldsonville this spring. Gathering for the check presentation are, from left, Jolen Stein, Chris Irvine, Jackie Tisdell and Elizabeth Canfield.

Leadership Ascension recently received a $10,000 donation from BASF, of Geismar, for its Healthy Spaces for West Bank Faces project to build a community park in Donaldsonville.

BASF southeast hub communications manager Jolen Stein and communications specialist Elizabeth Canfield presented the check to project manager Jackie Tisdell, of Ascension public schools, and team member Chris Irvine, of BASF, a news release said.

“We are so thankful for this generous donation from BASF that brings us one step closer to creating a safe place for children to play in this area of Donaldsonville,” Tisdell said.

The 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. Plans are to begin construction in April.

The fundraising goal for the project is $50,000. To partner on or contribute to the project, email Tisdell at, 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 Reynard, of the Ascension Parish Clerk of Court.

All donations can be directed to the Leadership Ascension Foundation with the memo “Heathy Spaces.”

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