The Iberia Parish Public Works Department has just completed digging a field ditch responsible for draining much of the park.
PepperPlex Director Paul Landry said the parish’s help is significant, appreciated, and will go a long way to stop future flooding in the park which has been problematic in the past.
Iberia Parish Government also has taken the lead on securing a cooperative endeavor agreement between the Parish, the City of New Iberia, and the State Department of Transportation and Development that will route several loads of recycled asphalt to the PepperPlex from road construction on La. 88. The material will be used to expand the parking capacity which has long been in the park’s plans for future development. Parish Public Works equipment will be used to prepare the planned park area and to compact the recycled asphalt parking area.
“This work is all about the children,” said Parish President Errol “Romo” Romero. “The amount of kids that use this facility every weekend almost all year long is staggering. When they’re here they’re safe. That’s priceless, and more than enough reason to do all we can to make this place better.”
Landry also said the park has installed final poles in the second soccer field with $50,000 in grant money from the Community Foundation of Acadiana and the Iberia Soccer Association, will install parking lot security lights with funds provided by the City of New Iberia, and is in the design phase for a pavilion with additional grant money.
**Photo above features Pepperplex Director Paul Landry, Parish President Errol Romo Romero and Public Works Director Herman Broussard recently assessing drainage work completed at the facility.