By Alton Mitchell
The LaFayette City Council welcomed a familiar face back to the city of Monday evening, one that often brings great news and vision with it. Mrs. Elise Cormier of Smartscape Designs came to town once again and updated members of the LaFayette city council on progress of the city’s new city park status.
Mrs. Cormier first acknowledged that she was glad to be back in LaFayette and in the presence of the newly elected city council. The new faces on the council did not sway Mrs. Cormier as she picked up right where she had left off with previous council members. New information was provided that included the fact that the master plan for the new park is nearing completion. News was also presented that demonstrated the growing community interest in the park.
An Advisory Committee has been formed that embodies members of the community ranging from the ages of late teens to senior citizens. This advisory committee takes news and updates back to the city for sharing with organizations such as schools and churches throughout the community, according to Cormier.
That news is much like what has spread in past events that put forth ideas of what the new park should consist of. At Monday’s council meeting a rough draft of the master plan was presented. The rough draft was drawn out and seemed to center around keeping a natural look to much of the park.
Greenspace seems to be a major key to the park. The rough draft demonstrates a large portion of the park that will center on a natural creek that will run through the park. Also on the rough draft are high points of meadows and tree lines. The parks rough design also includes a unique options for youth including, outdoor classroom, playgrounds, a track, multipurpose field, event center, toddler area, paved bike paths, and much more.
Mrs. Cormier advised council members that the park is being developed in a set of phases. The first phase is already underway which includes areas of planning and idea generation. No official date for dirt to start moving on the project was announced on Monday, but an update was announced that some playground equipment had already been received by the city.
On December 10th at the Christmas Festival LaFayette may get its first look at the final draft of the new city park and what it will encompass. There are hopes that some parts of the park may be open by summer of next year.