Belle River Meeting Center opening Thursday
A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newly constructed Belle River Meeting Center will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a Louisiana Department of Natural Resources news release.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and view the buildings and grounds of the complex at 1413 La. 70 in Pierre Part. The event was organized by the St. Martin Recreation District and the state Department of Natural Resources’ Atchafalaya Basin Program.
The facility will serve as a multi-use center and was funded by St. Martin Parish Recreation District 1 and the state Atchafalaya Basin Program at a total cost of $360,707. The Department of Natural Resources contributed $80,000 while the parish government funding included a local tax, the release stated.
This project is the second phase of the Belle River Recreation Complex and the construction work was performed by Bonneval Construction Company in Patterson.
The meeting center complements the existing walking trail adjacent to the river which was completed in 2009 as part of Phase 1 of the overall project designed to allow more public access to the area by visitors and residents, the release stated.
DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz said that this facility is a continuation of efforts to provide more infrastructure for residents and tourists who have come to enjoy the “Atchafalaya Experience.”
St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier said, “It is my hope that the new meeting center will provide the residents of Lower St. Martin a place to spend time together and discuss things that are important to the community.”
Chairwoman of the St. Martin Recreation District Charlotte Ratcliff said, “The residents of this area have for many years wanted a place like this and today marks that reality of cutting the ribbon and opening the doors to this beautiful facility shaped by the dedication of some key people along with the state and parish.”