POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:32pm
ASCENSION PARISH, La (NBC33) — Ascension Parish officials have shut down Oak Grove Community Center and Park in order to begin renovations and expansions on the community center. People living in the area said it's a project that's badly need in their community.
"Antique it was just a metal building," Mona Brockman, an Oak Grove resident, said. "I think it needs to be upgraded. It's just one big room as I remember, and they could probably section off some to have other activity going in various spots."
"The bathrooms need to be cleaned up and if they could open it up and expand it," Kasey Quibodeax, Oak Grove Resident, stated. "I think it will be worth it in the end."
Lester Kenyon, a spokesman for Ascension Parish, said in a release: "Crews are remodeling the existing 1,550-square-foot building including updating exterior and interior finishes. Along with the current 675-square-foot event room, crews are now adding another 426-square-foot event room and storage closet increasing the overall size of the center by 580-square-feet."
"Hopefully it will give people other options to have birthday parties," Quibodeaux said. "A better option to have instead of kids having to pay to play."
The progress comes at a price. Parish officials say the park will stay closed until construction is complete on the community center. Some parents said that could be a problem.
"It's a let down for the kids, because there is nothing else in the community that the kids have to play at to go to," Quibodeaux explained. "So, it's going to hurt those people that are out there literally on a daily basis bringing their children. "
Others living in Oak Grove say it's well worth the wait.
"I don't think that's bad because they are going to get a better facility when they are done with it. You certainly don't want children running around where they could get hurt with all the construction that's going on," Brockman said.
Parish officials say construction should be complete by March 2014.