Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for Jan. 8, 2015 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN -- A new bronze statue graces the center of the new Centerville park in Denham Springs.

City officials are confident that residents will soon be able to maneuverer through the city better once shiny, new street signs are in place.

The signs — which will feature a new reflective coating — will be placed within the city limits, once the money is received, said grant writer and Main Street Director Donna Jennings.

“Most of the street signs in the city are 15 to 20 years old,” Jennings said. “The reflective coating wears off in about eight to 10 years.”

The new signs will make it especially easier for drivers at night, she said.

The city applied for $48,000 through the state’s local Governor’s Assistance Program, through the Office of Community Development to replace approximately 1,500 signs, brackets and posts. The city is just waiting to receive the money, Jennings said.

“We try to look for something the city is in great need of,” Jennings said. “It helps to accomplish things for the city that are not in the budget.”

The city also is currently creating a park, located on a small piece of property at the corner of Centerville and Hummel streets near downtown Denham Springs, Jennings said.

The project is a partnership among Denham Springs Main Street, Keep Livingston Beautiful, Denham Springs Green and B & C Sheet Metal, Dale Zuelke, Jimmy Britton, Tom Lay, Jimmy Durbin and Rene Delahoussaye, all of whom who have donated money or services to get the project started.

“It’s a great project coordinated through the city,” said Durbin.

The project has been in the works for a few months, and on Dec. 31, Lead Foreman Nathaniel Williams laid the bricks to create a small sitting wall around a new, bronze statue of two small children climbing a rock and waving an American flag, which has already been placed in the center of the park.

The statue, Durbin said, costs more than $10,000, after the city’s discount. A brick walkway leads to the statue and surrounds the park. Those bricks are already in place, Jennings said.

The park, Jennings said, is just about finished, and city officials hope it will be completed by the end of January or the beginning of February, she said.

The park is a move by the city to provide more green space for its residents, Jennings said.