Broussard council accepts bids for St. Julien park project

The council agreed Tuesday to accept Trahan Construction’s bid for the first phase of the 122-acre St. Julien Park project.

Trahan Construction, the same company that recently completed the Youngsville Sports Complex, bid $2.3 million for completion of the maintenance building and the concession stands for the soccer fields.

“We are looking at about 300 days to get this phase completed,” said David Bernard, of David Bernard and Associates, an architectural firm in Broussard. “That is all contingent on weather and everything like that.”

Plans for the park include baseball and softball fields, six soccer fields, eight tennis courts, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts and an indoor recreation center. There will be two playground areas — one with standard play equipment and the other a water-themed area for children to cool off in the summer months.

The total costs of building the park are estimated at $25 million to $27 million.

Bernard said there are discussions about including a memorial for war veterans, but that wouldn’t be seen until the park’s next phase.

“We have lots of emails and interest in a memorial,” Bernard said. “It hasn’t been developed, but we have a lot of good ideas. That will probably be another phase so we can get as much public input as possible.”

Jack Haines, director of Broussard’s parks, said he thinks it’ll be 45 to 60 days before bids go out for the park’s next phase.

“Remember, we are developing 122 acres,” Haines said.

Mayor Charlie Langlinais said he was pleased with the bid process, even though the eventual low bid was slightly more than expected. He said recent construction in the area off St. Nazaire where the park will be located caused some concerns.

“There is so much construction activity, we were concerned (the bids) would skyrocket,” Langlinais said. “It was so close to the estimated price that we were comfortable with it.”

Langlinais said citizens have expressed interest in adding a skate park and a dog park to the St. Julien Park, but no further discussions have taken place on that issue.

“We have plenty of space out there,” Langlinais said. “That is a relatively insignificant cost, so that really isn’t a big problem.”