Lafourche Residents Invited To Attend Parks Grand Opening Event
Two new artificial turf fields are now open in Thibodaux, with a ceremony marking their opening planned at Heroes Park on Monday, April 20, starting at 4 p.m.
Lafourche Parish Government’s Deputy Director of Community Services Reggie Bagala said Nicholls baseball and softball teams plan on participating in the grand opening.
“We are thrilled to have teams from our university get involved in an event for the public,” he said. “There are so many people to thank for this happening, including our parish councilmen, administration, and Kirk Chiasson with the parish’s recreation district that covers Thibodaux. This is a true example of a project that was a team effort by many.”
Athletes representing the Nicholls baseball and softball teams will host a free clinic for the youth to help usher in the new fields. These same athletes will remain on the fields to hold their afternoon practice.
The fields are a result of a $235,000 investment of parish recreation tax money, which was directed to the project.
The new artificial turf fields, a first in the parish, feature 17,000 square feet of turf spread across both infields.
Benefits of the artificial turf fields include less time and money for upkeep than traditional fields as well as attracting youth and adult baseball and softball leagues from around the region to make use of them for games and tournaments.
District 1 Councilman Jerry Jones said he’s excited about the turf fields and looks forward to watching not only people from his own district, but from the entire parish taking advantage of it on a regular basis.
“When this idea was brought to me, it sounded like such a great plan, I felt there was nothing else to do but move forward with it,” he said. “I have to give a special thanks to the recreation board over there as well as my fellow councilmen for making this project a reality. We want to invite the public to come check out the only turf field like this in the parish.”
Posted on Fri, April 17, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette