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River Bluff Park's Playground, Splash Pad Now Open
Phase II B of River Bluff Park, located 543 Theriot Road in Moss Bluff, is complete - and the park is open for business.
The park opened officially to the public on Saturday, November 4.
Phase II B, which sits on almost three-acres of land, includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible picnic areas, playgrounds with inclusive and accessible features for children of all capabilities, a splash pad, an exercise area, and a quarter-mile walking path, pergolas with bench seating and a family restroom facility.
The playground area has a section for 2-to-5-year-olds and one for 5-to-12-year-olds. The playground, splash pad and exercise areas are equipped with a soft, rubberized safety flooring.
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the event were State Rep. Stephen Dwight, Parish Administrator Bryan Beam, Police Jury President Kevin Guidry, Facility Management Director Dean Kelly, Assistant Parish Administrator Dane Bolin and Shannon Spell - former Police Juror from Moss Bluff who was involved in getting the River Bluff project off the ground.
This phase of the project cost about $3.4 million and took 11 months to build.
“Bringing a park like this to fruition requires many things: imagination, leadership, persistence, technical and architectural expertise, and of course – funding,” said Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Administrator Bryan Beam. “But underlying all of this is the Police Jury’s care for the people of Calcasieu Parish and for their quality of life.”
Martin Vires, Parish Project Manager, said Moss Bluff is a growing community and it wanted a family destination that could accommodate people of all ages and capabilities.
“The park’s pathways, playground and splash area, and the nature-themed butterfly pavilions in the picnic areas, are all ADA-accessible, as well as all water fountains found throughout the park,” he said.
In fact, early on in the park’s design, the River Bluff Advisory Panel asked Moss Bluff students what features they would like to see in the park. Many of their ideas were incorporated into the design.
Phase I, which was completed in 2015, includes a boat launch, which fits three boats at a time, and a parking lot with space for 50 boat trailers. Phase II A was completed in 2016 and includes a new restroom facility for the River Bluff Park boat launch area and waste treatment plant for the park.
Dean Kelly, Facility Management Director, said Phase III, which is in development, will include an elevated walking path that will go through the wetlands and along the river. It will also feature a large, rentable pavilion that can be used for weddings, family reunions and other large gatherings.
“During this phase, we will also address the drainage lateral that runs through the park on the east side to make sure we have capacity for increased flow through the park in the future,” he said.