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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Lockport elevated wetlands boardwalk now open

Lockport elevated wetlands boardwalk now open

Often mentioned, but seldom seen: wetlands in Lafourche Parish.

Now there’s an opportunity to take a class trip, stroll with others, or simply watch birds and other creatures in their native habitat.

According to parish officials, the Lockport Elevated Wetlands Boardwalk is now open and ready for the community to enjoy from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The project consists of 440 feet of elevated decking that runs through the middle of south Louisiana wetlands property on Highway 308 in Lockport near the construction site of the Lafourche Parish School Board’s Career Magnet Center.

Visitors and photographers alike are welcome to check out the boardwalk and spend their time appreciating the natural scenery found all around the elevated decking.

“This boardwalk belongs to the residents of Lafourche Parish,” Parish President Charlotte Randolph said. “We want people to make the time to visit this boardwalk because it gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with natural Lafourche. The scenic setting is beautiful and is something worth seeing.”

The boardwalk was made possible through grant money provided to the parish by the Louisiana Recreational Trails Program and land donated by Hugh Caffery. The cost of the project was about $123,000, according to Project Manager Terry Arabie.

The Lockport Police Department is monitoring the main gate each day so residents can access the boardwalk at their leisure.