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Kiwanis Club of Acadiana partners with Children's Museum of Acadiana to open new park in museum courtyard

Posted at 11:56 AM, Oct 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 20:00:59-04

Representatives from the Kiwanis Club of Acadiana (KOA) and Children's Museum of Acadiana (CMA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning for the grand opening of the new "Kiwanis of Acadiana Harmony Park at the CMA" in the museum's outdoor courtyard.

The park offers families with children ages 12 and under a commercial-grade play structure.

With complementary missions of learning by doing and improving the lives of children, the CMA and KOA are developing the 4,740 sq. ft. outdoor space to benefit Downtown Lafayette, LA, and the greater Acadiana community.

This morning's ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening corresponded with KOA's 19th Annual Zydeco Pancake Breakfast held in Parc International.

"We are honored Kiwanis of Acadiana selected the Children's Museum of Acadiana's outdoor courtyard for its park," said Carol McManus, the Children's Museum of Acadiana's Executive Director.

"The KOA is excited to see its vision for a playground in Downtown Lafayette, become reality after six years of successful fundraising," shared Bruce Sawvel, KOA Harmony Park Chair, adding, "The Kiwanis Club of Acadiana (KOA) and the Children's Museum of Acadiana (CMA) are both committed to seeing downtown Lafayette become the thriving commercial/residential area we all envision. The CMA courtyard is the perfect location for the Park since it is next to Parc International which hosts so many family-friendly events."

While entry into the CMA requires admission, the public may use the courtyard at no charge during normal operating hours and during special events.

Learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Acadiana here.

Find out more information on the Children's Museum of Acadianahere.