Jul 2, 2012 8:19 AM by AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider final approval Tuesday of a deal to buy the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's horse farm property to convert it into a public park.
The Advertiser reports the council granted preliminary approval June 19. As part of the purchase, officials will give the university Youth Park, the eight-acre public park, and cash for a total of $6.6 million.
The city-parish council will use the horse farm for a passive park aimed at activities such as hiking and biking, rather than organized sports.
City-Parish President Joey Durel says he expects all of the paperwork for the horse farm to be completed by this fall, and he hopes to have the park open to the public before he leaves office in three-and-a-half years