Israel LaFleur Park Will Soon Receive Several Upgrades
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will soon begin work on several upgrades to Israel LaFleur Park, including a fishing pier, a bulkhead to prevent further erosion and additional parking and lighting.
The Police Jury accepted Keiland Construction’s bid of $1.3 million for the Israel LaFleur Upgrades and Improvements Project at its May 2 meeting. Steve Shows of Vincent-Shows Architects and Jason Duhon of P&D Engineers are project designers.
Work on the project is estimated to last 240 days and is expected to begin within the next 90 days - after contracts have been executed and materials are on site.
“This project was developed because of the need to mitigate the severe erosion that has occurred along the southern edge of the property and create a space that visitors can safely enjoy,” said Dean Kelly, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Director of Facility Management.
A peninsula will be built into the water, along with 1,400-linear-foot bulkhead made of vinyl sheeting. The peninsula, which will extend under the I-210 Bridge and end right before the boat launch, will stop further erosion issues.
Also included in the project is a 98-foot long fishing pier, made of vinyl sheeting and composite decking to be located on the south side, near the entrance of the park. A small parking lot - with an ADA-accessible space that will be connected to the pier – will ensure accessibility for all visitors.
There will not be any extended closure of Kiwanis Lane during this project.
The park, located at 2937 Kiwanis Lane, and beach closed in March 2014 for the Cove Lane Interchange construction. The park, boat and kayak launches reopened in December 2015. The beach has remained closed since that time because of erosion problems.
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