IOWA, LA (KPLC) - The park next to Iowa City Hall will get a makeover, and it's the first of many projects scheduled.
"The Town of Iowa conducted a series of vision reforms for the community to determine where Iowa is today in the whole scheme of Southwest Louisiana," said Planning and Economic Development Consultant, Ernest Broussard.
One of the first projects will be a new walking track in the park.
Vandalism forced officials to restrict use at the Iowa High School track where locals exercised.
"We are health cautious and our population is getting more mature so we want to give them an activity where they can meet, socialize, but also get a little bit of physical exercise in," said Broussard.
Evon Lavergne, a resident of Iowa, said she looks forward to its opening.
"That would be awesome to have something brand new that's coming in a peaceful place to actually walk," said Lavergne.
A walking track is not the only new thing coming to the park. There will also be more parking.
Developers said more parking spots in a designated lot will limit vehicle traffic throughout the park.
"We developed a good layout with great access for cars," said Broussard.
The $5 million improvements project will take the footprint of the existing park.
"It will be awesome to get an opportunity to come and see what the new changes will be," said Lavergne.
Some more changes will be a Vietnam Memorial and improved playing fields at the park.
The main mission of the project is to deliver a multi-functional park.
Plans are still being finalized. No word on when the project will be finished.