The people of Lafayette, working with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, have been given a remarkable public asset, the 100 acres of the old horse farm that was sold by the university to city-parish government.
A series of public meetings this month will get residents’ input into the future of Lafayette’s “Central Park” and a team of designers will work on plans for it.
This is a huge chance for a wonderful addition to the public spaces of Lafayette.
If we can venture a suggestion, we hope that the spaces will not end up being over-planned. For many active purposes — softball diamonds, tennis courts — public parks are available. This is a pristine tract in the center of town with enormous potential for a more nature-centered experience.
We encourage public participation in this important and exciting planning process.