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Soon, Nicholls State University’s beautiful campus will start to get even better.
The Board of Directors for Friends of Bayou Lafourche (FOBL) announced last month that funding has been secured for the design and construction of the first phase of the much-anticipated Nicholls State University Bayouside redevelopment project.
The idea for the park stems back to Dec. 2017 when a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement was signed with Nicholls to “establish a program for the (bayouside) property with an emphasis on facility, staff, student and public recreation.”
From there, FOBL acquired funding from Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou to procure a landscape architecture team with Duplantis Design Group. Together, they developed a phased master plan after meetings with Nicholls administration, faculty, staff, student leaders and community stakeholders.
Once that plan was developed, FOBL moved quickly to try and seek funding sources to pay for the construction of the park.
Last July, the group applied for funding through the Recreational Trails Program — a request that was recently granted with a letter for a $90,000 commitment that will go toward the construction of Phase 1 of the park.
This funding will go toward a multi-use trailhead project that will include earthwork, tree and brush clearing, an asphalt drive with off-street parking, a pavilion, a boardwalk, a floating dock and a new walking trail that will connect to the existing bayouside walking trail already in place.
Construction on the first phase is expected to begin sometime in late 2019.•

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