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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY)– Graham Brown Memorial Park in Lafayette will reopen in a few months, with renovations expected to be completed by October.

Lafayette Consolidated’s administration provided an update on the renovation on Wednesday and listened to ongoing concerns from residents. The last meeting on Brown Park was held in March.

Although residents were concerned after previous plans to turn the site into a huge sports complex were rejected, Wednesday’s meeting calmed tempers.

“I think I’m very excited because this park will serve as both a tournament park and a community park. We’ve heard that loud and clear from the people who live here and the stakeholders who use the park,” said Lafayette Mayor Monique Boulet.

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She said they took people’s ideas and put them into action. When the Graham Brown Memorial Park is complete, it will have everything the community has asked for, including dog parks and walking trails, as well as tennis, pickleball, basketball, baseball and T-ball.

“There are a lot of different elements here that the community can participate in, and really the purpose of parks is to create a healthy, high quality of life. This park will do that for this part of the city,” Boulet added.

She added that the biggest challenge for the city will be long-term maintenance and operations.

“We’ve had a lot of questions tonight. You know, some people are nervous. They’re not sure. But I think what we’re going to see when the park is done, and I think the engagement that this park is going to bring, is going to be really, really encouraging for a lot of people,” the mayor told News 10.

While there have been concerns, people are excited about the renovated Brown Park and what is to come.

“I’m excited to see the kids’ eyes when they see the new park and see them filled with hope. So I’m excited for the kids because the kids come first,” said Curtis Milton, board member of the Brown Park Association.

Everything is currently on schedule so the park can open this fall.

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