For years now, Carlson Park in St. Martinville has felt to many like a forgotten piece of the past.
“I don’t know if they think a lot of people don’t come but a lot of people do come. I would like to see new courts. fields for the young ones,” Billy Williams said.
Now, Carlson Park is about to receive the first of a series of much needed renovations.
“We’d definitely want to see the basketball pavilion completely redone. the bathrooms in it completely redone as well as the concession stand,” said Councilman Mike Fuselier.
The city says there are roughly a million dollars left over from the recreation bond voted on by taxpayers 2 years ago that will be split evenly between carlson park and magnolia parks.
“I think that’s important because that would give a person like me a chance to go outside and go to the park and watch my grandkids play. Take a little walk around the park,” Henry Mason Jr. said.
The mayor says the city council is already looking at a full-scale renovation to the park that could include renovations to the park’s baseball fields and the addition of a walking track among other things.
“We have to wait to see what kinds of monies are available. and we’d also like to make it water accessible. Those are all things we’d like to make available and see how we can get the best bang for our buck in all three projects,” Fuselier said.