Council, president discuss rec. fees town hall

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 11:55 pm

$2.5M St. John playground facelift approved By Richard Meek LObservateur L'Observateur |

LAPLACE Youngsters in St. John the Baptist Parish might soon be playing on shiny new equipment while adults watch from a sparkling gazebo as part of a $2.5 million project scheduled to bring major improvements to all parish playgrounds.

Parish Council members approved the administrations request this week to go out for bids on the project, which will include such amenities as gazebos, sidewalks, learning walls, picnic tables and fitness stations, depending on the facility. According to project plans, low spots will also be filled in, some soccer fields refurbished, basketball courts rebuilt and restrooms constructed.

It is a comprehensive plan that includes improvements at all facilities, Parish President Natalie Robottom said, adding the original plan was amended based on input from residents and stakeholders.

Unresolved, however, is what youngsters will be paying to participate in sports at some of the refurbished facilities. Councilman Larry Snyder had requested Robottom meet with some Council members to discuss lowering of the fees, which some believe are too high and discourage participation.

Robottom said fees are $45 per child per sport and include the cost of insurance, jerseys and caps.

She added in 2014 the total amount collected in basketball fees was $5,800 and $5,700 for baseball.

Our focus should be on the affordability of kids being able to participate, Snyder said.

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