Children will soon slide, swing and play on new playground equipment added at the 5th Ward Recreational Park at the La. 16 facility in St. Helena Parish.

The equipment, worth $34,000, was added the first week of September.

The playground equipment and some other park features will be ready for residents by the end of October, park officials said.

In June, the park celebrated its grand opening of the 3,800-square-foot multipurpose center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The building is equipped to serve as a post-storm shelter in the event of a storm.

The multipurpose room will be available to rent to host parties, events and special occasions.

Future additions to the 40-acre park include an outdoor water fountain, baseball, T-ball and softball fields, and a basketball court.

The 5th Ward Recreational Park and multipurpose center is funded through a recreation district 10-year, 15-mill tax approved by voters in 2004.

Pat Forbes, executive director of the Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit, said St. Helena’s multipurpose center is “a great example of how government can help people.”

The recreation district tax generates up to $80,000 per year for the park.

Residents are being asked to consider renewing the tax at the polls Nov. 4.

Recreation board member and Police Juror Major Coleman said he supports the tax renewal in November.

“This is a great thing for this community, and I encourage all residents to get out to the voting polls in November and keep this thing moving forward,” Coleman said.

For information on renting the multipurpose center, call Marilyn Ramsey at (985) 517-2270.