Prairieville playground receives $10,000 donation

The Ascension Parish Recreation Committee received a sizable donation last month to help build a neighborhood park in Prairieville.

Kevin Nguyen, a local land developer with American Homeland LLC, gave the parish government $10,000 for playground equipment at the Keystone of Galvez Subdivision Park. Deric Murphy, with Quality Engineering and Surveying LLC, presented the check to parish officials on behalf of Nguyen.

The park, which is scheduled for groundbreaking in January, will be located on a two-acre section of land southeast of the Timberstone Drive bridge that crosses Henderson Bayou.

One corner of the park will contain two sets of playground equipment — one set for children ages 2 to 5, and another set for children between the ages of 5 and 12. That area of the park also will include benches, according to design plans.

The plans also call for a pavilion, picnic tables, concrete walking trail, regular and handicapped parking spaces, and earthen berms in the park.

“I want to thank everyone that was involved with helping with the park, especially Parish President (Tommy) Martinez,” Parish Councilman Dempsey Lambert said. “I also want to thank Ascension Ready Mix Inc. with Lenny Johnson and Gary Dowdy, and Shawn Sullivan of Vicknair Builders for the donated concrete for the track.”