The Jane Butterworth Memorial Park adjacent to the West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville has reopened just in time for summer.
Thanks to a collective effort on behalf of the West Feliciana Parish Library, West Feliciana Parish Hospital, Capital Area United Way’s Emerging Leaders, West Feliciana Parks and Recreation, the town of St. Francisville and the Women’s Service League, a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 14 celebrated the reopening of the park, which was named in honor of Service League member Jane Butterworth.
League President Christie Reinhardt and library director Glenna Fallin said Butterworth was an active ancommunity leader and volunteer who died about 20 years ago.
The park was behind the hospital but had to be moved because of hospital construction.
“Moving the park to its new location beside the library was a huge community effort,” Reinhardt said. “A lot of people had a hand in its success. Now, families can come to the library, as well as spend time outdoors at the park next-door.”
Reinhardt said Project Recess helped with logistics of having the playground moved; Capital Area United Way’s Emerging Leaders installed an interactive Born Learning Trail; the hospital donated mulch and dirt for landscaping; the library will oversee the landscaping and partnered with the town on installing a fence for safety; parks and recreation ensured all permits and safety measures were followed; and the service league will maintain the park.
“We also plan to host a ‘Keep Up the Park’ day each year and invite members to help repaint or replace what needs fixing or updated,” added Reinhardt.