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Moncus Park will be open to the public on New Years Day

The park will be opening each attraction one by one throughout the spring as construction is completed.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 9:48 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2021 11:12 AM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Well if you ever wondered “when we will be able to enter and enjoy Moncus park”, that day may be coming sooner than later.

There will be many attractions at the park such as an amphitheater, veteran’s memorial, and splash pad for kids. JP MacFadyen, the executive director of Moncus Park, said there are a few more touches needed before it is opened to the public.

“This is a park that started from scratch so there, so it is a completely community-oriented donor-funded independent entity,” MacFadyen said.

Moncus Park leases the land from the city of Lafayette but it is fully funded by donor dollars. It will be the newest attraction in Lafayette where people can come relax, explore, and enjoy times with friends and family.

There are many completed areas at the park such as walking trails, a dog park, lakes, and hills but there is still more work to be done.

“In this current phase of construction what we call phase 2 of construction what's right behind me is an inclusive playground, behind that is our water feature. We've got a restroom, treehouse, veterans memorial, and an amphitheater,” he said.

Moncus Park will have two inclusive playgrounds, one for those ages two through five and another for those six through 12. Their treehouse and splash pad will also be inclusive and available to children of all ages.

“We say splash pad but a better way to think of it is this interactive water feature so you think about a big city with a really cool water fountain that people enjoy some kids like the splash some adults might want to just sit around and watch it. It's an inclusive playground so we were using a poured in place rubber surface to make it accessible to everybody,” he added.

The amphitheater is also under construction and it will be built to seat about 3,000 people.

“You know how we are about music and dancing and gathering so it's this pandemic comes to an end; we hope that that will be certainly a place we all want to gather,” he said.

Members of the community will finally be able to get a first look behind the scenes during their first annual “Christmas in the Park”.

“It is a ticketed event is a fundraiser really for the park from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and included with that will be some lights, of course, Santa, kids activities, holiday shopping market, live entertainment,” he said.

January 1, 2022, will be the opening day for Moncus Park. The park will be opening each attraction one by one throughout the spring as construction is completed.

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