Houma, LA - On the west side of Bayou Cane sits a large piece of land. Soccer fields line the entrance and soon construction will begin on a much bigger sports complex.
Terrebonne Parish leaders call it the Field of Dreams, a 140-acre park with ball fields, a splash park, tennis courts and more.
"A skate park, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, a water amenity that has a sandy beach... people can canoe, kayak, there's jogging trails, bicycle trails," says Chris Pulaski, senior planner and zoning administrator for Terrebonne Parish.
The parish expects to break ground on the first softball fields this summer, then build the park out in phases.
While the parish already owns most of the land and has money set aside for the initial phase, president Michel Claudet says some of the funding is still up in the air.
"This is going to be a massive undertaking," says Claudet. "We're also requesting capital outlay funds from the state and just a number of different ways we're trying to get it funded."
Claudet says the Field of Dreams will be designed to host regional sports tournaments, generating money for the park and the parish.
Parish leaders recently approved the master plan for the next 20 years. When asked what was most important, many people said quality of life.
Construction will also begin soon on Fireman's Park skate park. It should be complete by December.
President Claudet says it's just another example of how the parish is growing.
"When people look to relocate, they look at schools, libraries, health care and of course, they look at housing and quality of life," says Claudet. "Quality of life becomes a very important issue. You know, Terrebonne's starting to fill out all the check marks on the score pad so that we should be one of the ones at the top of the list."
But parish leaders want to be sure this area grows responsibly. They're holding a meeting Thursday night to talk about the park plans and answer questions about traffic, noise and storm water runoff. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Government Tower in Houma.
President Claudet says all of the concerns will be addressed as the Field of Dreams becomes reality.
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