Federal funding secured for outdoor recreation project

Federal funding secured for outdoor recreation project

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced today that Houma and three other Louisiana communities have been approved for federal matching funds through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation developments. Along with Houma, communities of Walker, Patterson,and Haughton will receive a total of $1 million in federal funds for projects that will enhance the quality of life through new recreational facilities.

The projects receiving LWCF funding include:

*Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker - development of a Challenger Ball Field, including a playground, restrooms and concession area, designed specifically to accommodate individuals with special needs.

*Morey Park in Patterson - expansion of the downtown park with new playground equipment, a walking trail, picnic tables, handicap-accessible restrooms, a plaza seating area and green space.

*Joe Delaney Memorial Park in Haughton - in honor of former NFL player Joe Delaney, who died while saving a young boy from drowning. The park will feature a public pavilion with restrooms, two playgrounds, a splash pad, walking trail, two ball fields, a climbing feature, sand volleyball court, picnic pavilions and parking.

*Bayou Country Park in Terrebonne Parish - includes a multi-purpose support building, walkways and a splash park. This project will also enhance an existing pond to include a public beach area.

The LWCF program has invested more than $73 million in Federal matching funds through projects in 62 of Louisiana's 64 parishes since the program was signed into law in 1964. Louisiana's program is administered by the Office of State Parks in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

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