Landscape architect Joey Furr unveiled a new master plan for the West Feliciana Sports Park that incorporates existing recreation facilities and programs, potential new recreation sites and greenway linkages.
The plan, called “A New Vision 2016 – West Feliciana Parish Recreation,” is an update of the original master plan for the park and includes a list of recommendations for improvements over the next 10 to 15 years.
Furr told the West Feliciana Parish Council members Monday that the new strategies were developed after significant public input, from three public meetings and two types of surveys: one asking residents what they want in a park and the other a “dot poll” where respondents placed yellow dots next to suggested amenities on a board to analyze the popularity of each one.
The top five amenities, according to the survey results, are walking paths, hiking trails, entertainment venue/amphitheater, gym/covered recreation facility and children’s play area/splash pad.
Other desired amenities include a multipurpose building, dog park, running track, Wi-Fi and picnic areas. Top programs desired are swimming, walking/running/yoga/music festivals, wellness programs and soccer/camping/sand volleyball and art classes.
Furr said the two trails programs are being considered, one an aggregate material path connecting the Sports Park to La. 10, tentatively funded by the parish and a matching grant. A second path would run from La. 10 to Parker Park in St. Francisville and would receive funding help from the St. Francisville Area Foundation.
Parish President Kevin Couhig said after the meeting the No. 1 priority is the splash pad, which will be funded with a grant, in addition to the batting cages and miniature golf course under construction.
In other action, the council tabled action on a proposal by Councilman Melvin Young for the parish to take in LB Hill Road in the Solitude community until further assessment to see if the road meets parish standards.
The council reappointed Lula London to the Economic Development Board and appointed Charles “Randy” Holden to the Board of Adjustment.
Also, Couhig briefed the council on the status of revenue from sales and property taxes. Because of Home Rule Charter restrictions limiting tax elections only to years where there are other major elections, he said, the parish will have to announce by July 11 whether it will call a tax election for the December ballot.