Lafayette

May 8, 2012 9:36 AM by AP

Horse Farm purchase may be complete this summer

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel says he hopes to sign papers this summer that will formally transfer the former Louisiana-Lafayette Equine Center, nicknamed the Horse Farm, to Lafayette Consolidated Government to be converted into a public park.

Durel said university leaders and government officials have worked around legal obstacles that have stalled the project for about a year.

The Advertiser reports the property will be converted into a passive park, which will emphasize biking and hiking trails rather than baseball fields and basketball courts.

The parish will spend as much as $6 million to buy the Horse Farm. In April 2011, the City-Parish Council approved issuing $6 million in certificates of indebtedness to make the purchase.

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