On Saturday January 1, 2022, Moncus Park will open its doors to the public.

The park will open at 8:00 am with the Marché Lafayette Fermiers et Artisans.

The park says guests can expect to enjoy a passive park experience and an eventful spring. The park will commemorate its opening season with a series of events in the park over the coming months.

Moncus Park will be open seven days a week. The front fifty acres of the park will be open from 5 am to 10 pm. The wooded ravines and coastal prairie will only be open from sunrise to sunset.

Private security will monitor both the lit and unlit areas of the park from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Guests can park in the new Moncus Park parking lot from Johnston Street, across the new bridge for vehicles, “Helen’s Crossing”. Disabled parking and ADA accessible ramps are available.

Since work began in 2018, Moncus Park has completed the 4-acre Reaux Lake; the large lawn; the mound of perspective; over three kilometers of new trails including the Walk, Best Friends Bark Park off-leash dog park, many new garden areas and new trees; as well as much of the infrastructure and utilities for future development.

The elements of the park are all part of a community master plan and approved by city council and have been funded entirely by private donations.

The second phase of construction of the park is expected to be completed by the summer.

This phase includes the Amphitheater, Immersive Water Play, Inclusive Playground and Veterans Memorial, as well as hundreds of donors who have sponsored brick pavers and seat wall inscriptions in honor of the veterans in their lives.

Parc Moncus was created for the enjoyment of all Acadiana residents and visitors. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, please respect the rights of others and follow all park rules, signs and instructions.

A full list of the rules is available at www.moncuspark.org/the-park.

The newly completed off-leash dog park, Best Friends Bark Park, will serve as space for dogs of all sizes to enjoy alternate days, depending on height until the expansion of the dog park is completed later this year. In the meantime, dogs under sixteen inches can use the off-leash area on odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.), and dogs over sixteen inches are allowed on even days (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.).

Moncus Park has a clearance process and height-based rotation schedule in place to ensure the safety of all dogs and their owners. Permit verification will begin on March 1. To learn more about the Best Friends Bark Park in Moncus Park, visit www.moncuspark.org/dogpark.

The park says community programming begins the second week of January and focuses on three main pillars: arts and culture, health and wellness, and environmental education. Moncus Park will partner with other nonprofits and local businesses to bring these programs to the public. To partner with the park or to learn more about community programming, visit www.moncuspark.org/events.

As Acadiana’s only independent non-profit park, Moncus Park needs a community of supporters for its success.

To donate or become a member, visit www.moncuspark.org/support.

To stay up to date on the progress of Moncus Park, sign up for their newsletter at www.moncuspark.org/subscribe or visit www.moncuspark.org to learn more about how to donate or get involved.

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