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Recreation activities, projects grow in Bossier Parish


Recreational facilities are improving and activities are growing for Bossier Parish residents of all ages, according to Bossier Parish Police Jury Director of Parks and Recreation Warren Saucier.

Saucier told police jury members Wednesday the park in south Bossier off Caplis Sligo Rd. is experiencing a dramatic increase in use as area residents and schools discover the facility’s multi-purpose function.

“We’ve had several cross country events, both high school and middle school, including the Border Dash last weekend,” Saucier said. “There were 53 schools represented in elementary, middle and high school, with teams from New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi.”

Saucier said sponsors of the Dash reported 115 students plus coaches stayed in local hotels and more than 3,000 spectators attended the event.

South Bossier also played host to a little league football tournament, featuring 20 teams “in full uniform. It was sort of a pre-season tournament before the beginning of city league play,” Saucier told jury members.

Improved fields at the park now are the site of baseball, softball and soccer practice plus Spring and Fall Lacrosse league play. South Bossier’s park is also the site of some exotic recreational uses, Saucier said.

“We have some people who are training their dogs out here, there’s drone racing and we’re even a landing strip for an ultra-lite plane. The pilot says it’s perfect for him,” he reported.

Events and projects for 2017 at other parish parks show people continue to utilize the facilities for athletic and family events, including birthday parties and family gatherings, Saucier said.

“At Tall Timbers, we’ve installed new lights and wattage of existing lights has been increased to create a safer environment for those using the park at all hours,” he said. “There’s a lot of people using the walking track at all hours and teams can practice later.”

Lawson Bo Brandon Sports Complex in Princeton now sports four new baseball fields complete with scoreboards on the northern section of the park and a new, paved walkway connects the north and south fields. Eight sets of bleachers have been added and a sewer project has been completed for future additions.

Saucier said landscaping has been completed at the Bossier Parish Camp on Lake Bistineau, and electrical lines have been run from the main road (Parish Camp Rd.) to the boat launch.

“This allowed us to install al light at the launch area and gives us the opportunity for additional add-ons if needed in the future,” he said. “There are a lot of things we have planned for our parks and recreational facilities. It moves slowly, but we’re getting there.”

 Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

·      Acted as a Board of Review to hear appeals on 2017 tax assessments established by the Bossier Parish Assessor.

·      Awarded a bid for road and drainage improvement.

·      Approved the plat of the proposed development of Willow Creek at Benton subdivision subject to the approval of the parish attorney.

·      Approved minor plats for William Charles Ehrhardt and Kevin Meadows.

·      Tabled action on plat approval for proposed development of Turtle Creek subdivision, units 3,4 and 5.

·      Voted to condemn three parcels of property after reviews by the jury’s property standards division and delayed action on another.

·      Ratified and accepted a recommendation of the jury’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit board of appeals.

·      Approved the application of Gulhamrasool Rupani and Bilal-Ahmed Rupani for a 2017 beer/liquor license at Red River Casino.

·      Accepted a proposal of Professional Service Industries, Inc. for subsurface exploration on Lakewood Point Dr. and Duckwater Landing.

·      Accepted a proposal of Jones Environmental, Inc. for a wetlands delineation survey on a 24-acre tract east of Marlena St. in Bossier City.

·      Adopted a resolution change on the final acceptance of the north-south corridor-Swan Lake Rd. clearing and grubbing project.


Top Photo: Parish Parks and Recreation Director Warren Saucier (center, right) discusses improvements at Bo Brandon Park with the parish recreation committee. Bottom: A large crowd of spectators gathers early for a high school/middle school cross country meet at South Bossier Park.

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