Jan 11, 2013 1:47 PM by Press Release
Today, officials of the City of Morgan City and the state Department of Natural Resources' Atchafalaya Basin Program joined with community leaders and the public to celebrate the completion of three lake houses at Lake End Park. The ribbon-cutting event was held at 10 am at the entrance of the well-known and picturesque park situated on Lake Palourde in St. Mary parish.
As part of the State Master Plan for the Atchafalaya Basin, the Lake End Park Cabins project was first approved in 2006. The project's design work received funding through the DNR Atchafalaya Basin Program in its FY 2010-11 Plan. In addition, DNR and City of Morgan City entered into Cooperative Endeavor Agreements to begin the project's design phrase, and by June 2012, project construction began.
Carl P. Blum, AIA was the architect for the three cabins, officially named, "Lake Houses". The Thibodaux-based company, Louisiana Contracting Enterprise, LLC was awarded the bid for construction of the cabins. The total project costs was $854,985.
"Today marks a new era for Lake End Park. With the addition of these Lake Houses, we are able to provide what I call the ‘Lake End Park Experience' to a new group of visitors," Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte said. "The RV camping experience is well-known and appreciated by the camping community. Now they can be joined by visitors that may not have access to an RV. These new units will appeal to a wide variety of travelers and families from across the country," Mayor Matte said during the ceremony.
DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz noted that so many people are excited about the completion of this type of family-friendly development. Sec. Chustz said, "this brings a lot of excitement to a community that already enjoys the beauty of its natural landscape and its recreational vistas." He also noted that St. Mary parish is designated as Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin floodplain which covers some 100 miles from the north at Simmesport in Avoyelles parish to the south in Morgan City.
Lake End Park offers tourists and visitors a popular marina, fishing, camping, boating, and walking trails. People from all over the state and visitors from all across America and the globe enjoy some of the best fishing spots and have access to over 20 public boat ramps, including the Joe C. Russo Memorial Boat Launch, which is located just across the Basin Levee from the Lake End Park cabins.
Park officials said reservations for renting the new Lake Houses are expected to begin in early February. The cabins are fully-furnished with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, accommodating up to eight people. One of the cabins provides full accessibility for persons with disabilities. For a complete description and online reservations, the public is encouraged to check the website at http://www.lakeendpark.net/
St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin, City of Morgan City Mayor-elect Frank "Boo" Grizziffi, State Senator Bret Allain of Franklin, Atchafalaya Basin Program officials, and other civic leaders participated in the event.
"We are growing our tourism here, and hopefully this will mean improving our economy and tourism-related jobs. We won't stop now, because down the road we are looking forward to more development and continuing the construction of additional units for the parkway," Mayor Matte said.