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Apr 30, 2012 10:49 AM by AP

Youngsville, Broussard building sports parks

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) - Plans are still in development for new parks in the neighboring cities of Broussard and Youngsville in Lafayette Parish after voters approved last year sales taxes to fund recreation facilities in the two cities.

The city of Youngsville is in the design phase of its planned sports complex, which will feature five baseball fields, four softball fields, six full-size soccer fields, 10 tennis courts, and covered pavilions in the first phase of the project. The city plans to build the complex on 70 acres of donated land.

Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator said construction could begin in the fall with a tentative completion date of January 2014.

Viator said the park's second phase is a little further behind because the city is attempting to get capital outlay dollars from the state to help fund construction. Bids could go out on that phase in November or December, he said.

The Youngsville complex is expected to cost more than $14 million with the new tax expected to generate about $1.5 million a year, Viator has said.

Voters in Broussard passed a half-cent sales tax that is expected to generate more than $3 million per year. Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais tells The Advocate he expects the city to spend between $15 million and $17 million on its parks. Langlinais said he'd like to build a sports park and a separate linear park on the east side of the city that would complement the city's growing residential population.

From a list of 21 properties, the mayor said he found two parcels that he'd like to begin negotiating purchase agreements.

The first park would feature sports fields, while the neighborhood park would emphasize jogging and walking trails and an entertainment complex that would cater to festivals, Langlinais said.

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