DENHAM SPRINGS — The city will hold a second community open house Thursday, July 13, to get residents' ideas and hopes for the future of their community as it continues to recover from last year's flood.

As at the first event in June, representatives of the city, as well as various state and federal agencies, will be on hand not only to get residents' input for the future of Denham Springs but to answer questions about individual situations, particularly those recovering from flood damage.

Mayor Gerard Landry said that some 400 residents came to the June 15 open house, and officials were happy to learn by addresses given that "participation was spread out across the city." 

In the second meeting, the city will ask not only for ideas but suggestions on how to put them into place, Landry said. 

The ideas that came in during last month's meeting can be found on the website DenhamStrong.com and include such things as a bus or trolley system for the city, a civic center and affordable housing for young professionals.

Jeanette Clark, the community recovery coordinator for Denham Springs who has organized the open houses, said that the one on July 13 will be "a little more project driven."

Many people want a civic center, she said.

The city would like to now learn what kind of events people would like to see at a civic center.

"Some people might want to go to concerts. Others might see it as a community center, with things like tutoring in the afternoon," Clark said. 

"We're trying to fine-tune the different projects that come from these open houses," she said.

Officials will be presenting the results of the first open house at the July 13 event.

"I think the first one greatly exceeded our expectations and we hope the same for this one," she said.

A third and final community open house for Denham Springs residents will be held in August, with the date and place to be announced at a later time. 

The open house will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 13 at Denham Springs Junior High, 401 Hatchell Lane.

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