Riverside Park renovations on the way

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Riverside Park, located on the Calcasieu River, is on the verge of getting a makeover this upcoming year.

The park stretches alongside the river and has some of the most beautiful views in the area, the goal of the new project is to enhance the characteristics of the park to offer what the city calls, a "unique Louisiana experience. "

"Riverside Park is along the Calcasieu River,which is one of the places we don't have parks right now. I think it's a different kind of water experience other than the lakefront or Prien Lake. What it does is it brings people a little closer to the natural side of the water," said City Councilman Marshall Simien.

The improved park will feature new piers, a pavilion, a playground, as well as a number of other new features.

"We've got the boat launch, we're going to fix that up, but we've also got these gabions where you can go right up the water and fish, crab, do things like that. We have playgrounds, we have a pavilion so you can have picnics, family reunions, gatherings," said Simien.

Another important aspect of the park is it will draw attention to an entirely new area for the city of Lake Charles.

"We talk a lot about the lake and we talk a lot about the potential that the lake has as far as development is concerned. This is a little bit different in terms of development, this is for people to relax and enjoy, and also give us an opportunity to create a whole new attraction as far as the community is concerned and a whole new level in terms of the quality of life the people enjoy here in the community," said Mayor Randy Roach.

Construction is expected to begin on the new park in late July.

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