Oct 23, 2013 5:15 PM by Steven Albritton
The first of several public forums where residents are able to put their ideas on the table for what will go into the Horse Farm was held Wednesday. Excitement filled the room as ideas on what to do with the land filled up multiple pages of maps. The park is larger than the amount of land stretching from the Cajundome, down to the area near Bertrand Drive. Many believe the possibilities of what the horse farm could become are endless.
"It makes me realize this is going to happen. It's not just a dream. I see the people here and I've seen them in other places and I know these are people who get things done," Lafayette resident Catherine Comeaux said.
Comeaux is one of many who brought their ideas to the table. She says the horse farm is one of the few places in the city of Lafayette where you can see the stars clearly at night. She hopes to keep it that way.
"When the park is developed I know there will be lighting, so I want to make sure they do it with the idea of not making it too bright so we lose that ability to see the stars at night," Comeaux said.
Those in charge of the project want this park to be the vision of the people and developers say that's the most vital part of the project. A few of ideas thrown out Wednesday morning included a green space, farmers market shopping area and space for walking. The hope is once the 100 acre property is finished it will be a world class facility.
"It's really important that this be a park of and for the people of Lafayette. So, if that's going to happen we really have to engage the community in a process that gives them a voice to the process," Design Workshop Chair Kurt Culbertson said. His team is the lead consultants for the project.
Meetings for idea input will be held through Saturday. Forums will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Heymann Center Ballroom and another at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center on Cora Street.
Friday, the forum will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Fletcher Hall on UL's campus and the final forum will be held at the Horse Farm on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. coinciding with the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market.
If you can't make it to a meeting you can still participate by going to www.lafayettecentralpark.org.