Today, the City of Lake Charles and Recreation District No.1 of Ward 3 announced the opening of the Ward 3 Recreation Gymnasium and Adventure Cove Park at a grand opening ceremony conducted at noon at the Gymnasium, 3210 Power Centre Parkway, and at Adventure Cove, located next to the Gymnasium.
Adventure Cove Park consists of a playground and spray park. The playground was built by over 1500 community volunteers and through the professional services of local contractors who provided: architectural and design services, the road leading to the park, site preparation services, sand and rock for the temporary road and playground site, concrete for the drainage wells, fencing around the playground and Liberty Swing, installation of poured rubber surfacing, surveying, engineering services for paving and drainage, installation of the concrete subsurface, and installation of the water spray park and Liberty Swing.
Local contractors included: David Brossett, architect; Jeff Kudla, architect; Walt Jessen, engineer; Curtis Vincent, engineer; Horace Baggett; Port Aggregate; Sam Istre Construction; Concrete Eaters; Rivers Fence; Surface America; Pelican Land Surveying Services; Lancon Engineers; R. Cloud Construction, and John D. Myers.
The playground is accessible for all children. With its poured rubber surfacing and special ramping, the playground was constructed to provide the opportunity for children of all physical abilities to play alongside one another. The playground includes the Liberty Swing wheelchair swing, one of only 11 in the country and the only one in the state, specifically designed to give those confined to wheelchairs the chance to experience the sensation of swinging.
Adventure Cove was built as a result of the overwhelming success of the community built park, Shiver Me Timbers Millennium Park. The name "Adventure Cove" was selected at the conclusion of a "name the park" contest. A community steering committee led the community build planning process.
For safety reasons, it was mutually agreed by Ward 3 and the City of Lake Charles to delay the opening of Adventure Cove until the construction immediately adjacent to the playground was completed as well as the completion of the extension of Power Centre Parkway.
Said Mayor Roach:
"Words cannot adequately express the appreciation and gratitude we have for the many, many volunteers from the Southwest Louisiana area who gave of their time and talents to help make Adventure Cove Park a reality. This project was truly a labor of love for everyone involved, and it speaks volumes to who we are as a community - one that truly believes our children are our greatest asset and that they are our community's future. That is why we invest in our parks and recreation system, and that is why days like these are so special
"We thank the design firm of Leathers & Associates who guided us through the community build process. We also thank our major contributors, Lake Charles Coca Cola Bottling Company and Children's Miracle Network."
Construction costs for Adventure Cove were are as follows: drainage work, engineering and design fees -- $100,000; poured rubberized surface -- $100,000; supplies and materials -- $350,000 Cost for the Water Spray Park and Liberty Swing installation was approximately $350,000.
A special Adventure Cove Park opening event with the public will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include face painting, popcorn, snow cones and music.
Ward 3 Recreation recently completed the Ward 3 Recreation Gymnasium -- its third gymnasium in three years. The facility consists of two gymnasiums, an indoor walking track, a weight room, two activity rooms, two locker rooms, and administrative offices.
Programs offered at all three facilities -- including Enos Derbonne Sports Complex, completed in 2006, and Pryce/Miller Recreation Center, completed in 2007 -- are martial arts, salsa dancing, aerobics, line dancing, bean bag baseball, yoga, arts/crafts, sewing and after school programs.
Said Kip Texada, Executive Director of Ward 3 Recreation:
"In three years we have accomplished a great deal and will continue to strive to provide high-quality services for the people of Ward 3. Recreation District One of Ward 3 thanks the community for their vote of confidence, which has enabled us to build these facilities, and which will serve the surrounding communities for years to come."
Ward 3 Recreation Gymnasium was constructed at a cost of $4.7 million. The City of Lake Charles contributed $600,000 toward the project.