Vermilion

Sep 30, 2010 2:51 PM by Veronica White

New State Park in Acadiana

The highly anticipated Palmetto Island State Park is about to open in Vermilion Parish, between Abbeville and Intercoastal City.

This thirteen million dollar project has been in the making for years but was put on hold after several hurricanes.

Now, after the oil spill, the tourism dollars are needed more than ever.

About 1300 acres of nature trails, campgrounds and lakes has all been closed off to the public.

Now it can open thanks to a 400,000 dollar fund from Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle and the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

"The passion for this park came way before the BP oil spill, certainly it gives us an opportunity however to reintroduce our "sportsman's paradise" to the rest of America so it is a great asset we're sharing with the American people," says the Lieutenant Governor.

"This one of those jewels in Acadiana that will attract locals as well as folks from far away to our region. So despite the moratorium, the oil spill, life doesn't stop," says Raymond Hebert of the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

The park is set to open October 28th to the public.

It features 96 sites for RV's and 6 of cabins, which sleep 8 people each.

Reservations can be made starting October 20th by calling 877-226-7652.

The park still needs some funding, so if you would like to donate to help out, go to www.cfacadiana.org.

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