Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:45 AM
Updated: Dec 9, 2013 5:45 AM
GONZALES- Ascension Parish officials say they will unveil a plan later this week to spend $20 million to $25 million upgrading recreational facilities on the parish's fast-growing east bank.
Projects under consideration include renovations to existing playgrounds and ball fields, adding new splash pads and walking and jogging trails and possibly even construction of a major recreational complex on a vacant land at Lamar-Dixon.
Councilman Chris Loar, an ardent supporter of improving recreational facilities in Ascension, had proposed tapping an existing East Ascension drainage tax to pay for the projects.
Parish officials have said the drainage district has a $32 million surplus and could withstand the loss of 60 percent of its future property tax revenue and still maintain a healthy savings through 2030.