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Oct 28, 2010 7:28 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Happy Campers at New State Park

A State Park, 30 years in the making, finally opens it's gates. Rachael Boudreaux and her husband were the first campers at Palmetto Island State Park, arriving at 7 Thursday morning, after just a 7 mile drive.

"It's been a long time coming. We're so excited that it's open finally and we can come and have a place this close to home to enjoy and relax," said Boudreaux.

The Boudreaux's were not the only early birds. It took under an hour for all 96 RV spots and six cabins to rent out just for the opening weekend. The park, located south of Abbeville, took over 30 years and about $30M in funding to complete. Curtis and Gloria Broussard of Lafayette say they've seen the park's progress and setbacks over the decades.

"We've been watching it being built for several years and we watched it get flooded a couple of times... Twice with hurricanes." "I'm glad to see it finally open. They spent a lot of money to get it open."

Campers were not the only ones that said they had been anxiously awaiting the park's grand opening.

"It's a wonderful feeling because you like to see your area do good," said Allen Simon, a volunteer at the park. "It had to crawl before it could walk, and walk before it could run. It had a few set backs but I was so proud and pleased... I said I gotta be part of this."

Although the RV spots and cabins are full for the grand opening weekend, public support is still wanted and needed Saturday, October 30th. At 10 a.m. the park will kick off it's first-ever "Stir the Pot for Palmetto."

It's a fundraiser for the "Palmetto Island State Park Fund," which seeks private funds to help supplement the operation of the park into the future. Live music featuring Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Jaryd Lane and Stephen Matthew Perry will begin at 11 a.m. The event costs $10, admission to the park that day is free.

 

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