Rebuilding Millennium Park

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Construction has begun for the rebuilding of Millennium Park, which burned down 10 months ago.

Project Coordinator Kay Barnett said the new park is just one more addition to the developing downtown Lake Charles area.

"We all want to be able to say we live in an area that has a great quality of life and quality of place," she said.

With more than 200 volunteers showing up to the park site this morning, Barnett said rebuilding Millennium brings the community together.

"When people do something, and build it, and make it and do it together, there's something special about that," she said. "So we got to bring this thing back. We got to do it again."

Communications Manager for Lake Charles, Scott Raymond said the park will be twice the size of the old park, making it just about 20,000 square feet in area.

"I think people will be very happy with what they see when it's finished," Raymond said, adding that the park will not only be bigger, but better.

A lot of the park components will be bigger as well. There will be a tree house, a pirate ship and much more.

Barnett said different history components were incorporated to the park designs.

"We want the kids to be able to imagine, "I'm playing on Fort Atkinson, or on the Borealis Rex, or the Hazel," she said.

Barnett said she's encouraging more people to donate and volunteer to the rebuild efforts of the new Millennium Park.

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