Ground broken for community park project

Michael Tortorich
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez, right, surveys the renovations being done at Oak Grove Community Park. At left are Councilmen Benny Johnson, wearing white shirt, and Chris Loar. Behind Martinez are Ascension Chamber of Commerce President Sherrie Despino and landscape architect Brian Goad of Reich Associates.

PRAIRIEVILLE – Community leaders and officials attended the groundbreaking for the Oak Grove Community Park Tuesday.

Construction is now underway and the new park is expected to open in May.

The first phase of the park renovation plan includes a spray ground, two playgrounds, a pavilion, beach volleyball court, fencing, landscaping and other amenities.

“The positive response from the community has been overwhelming,” Parish President Tommy Martinez said. “People are excited to see that they will have such a wonderful place to take their children and grandchildren.”

The park is located at the intersection of Hwy. 42 and Hwy. 73, just east of Airline Highway.

“I'm thrilled that the council and the administration have been so supportive of this plan,” said Councilman Chris Loar, whose District 7 includes the park.

Seeing the dirt turning and construction underway was great, Loar said.

“This will truly be an example of taking something that had long been considered an eyesore to the community and turning it into a crown jewel.”