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New elevated boardwalk puts Lafourche wetlands on display

Lafourche opens new boardwalk to showcase wetlands. (Source: Lafourche Parish) Lafourche opens new boardwalk to showcase wetlands. (Source: Lafourche Parish)
LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Lafourche Parish offers people an up-close look at the wetlands in Lockport thanks to a new boardwalk.

The boardwalk offers the opportunity to see birds and other creatures in their native habitat. Parish officials say the Lockport Elevated Wetlands Boardwalk is open from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m., seven days a week. Approximately 440 feet of elevated decking 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 are welcome to bring cameras and check out the boardwalk and the nature that surrounds it.

"This boardwalk belongs to the residents of Lafourche Parish," said Parish President Charlotte Randolph. "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."

Funding for the boardwalk came from grant money provided to the parish by the Louisiana Recreational Trails Program and land donated by Hugh Caffery. The project cost $123,000, according to Project Manager Terry Arabie.

The Lockport Police Department plans to monitor the main gate each day so residents feel safe as they walk the boardwalk.

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