Nov 5, 2013 10:23 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3
In a 5-4 vote, the Lafayette Consolidated Government council decided for the second time in a month that it did not want to transfer control of its lease on Foster Park to the city of Youngsville.
After a protracted discussion, the board members decided that an agreement for the Lafayette Parish School Board to use a portion of the park as playground area once Green T. Lindon Elementary School is expanded could be accomplished without relinquishing the remaining 11 years of the lease.
According to Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, the only allowed use for the park is as open recreational space, which he says LCG can allow the school to do with a simple agreement as LCG does with other parks and facilities in the parish.
Voting down the introduction of the ordinance also means Broussard-Youngsville Youth Athletics (BYYA) will be able to continue using the park for its organized sports activities. Loss of the space for BYYA was one of the initial concerns raised when the idea of transferring the park's lease was initially turned down in October.
The lease on the park between LCG and Young Industries will expire in 2025.