Lt. Gov, State Senator Seek Comments On Funds For State Park

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Senator Beth Mizell of Franklinton will host a town hall meeting to discuss upcoming and proposed improvements to Bogue Chitto State Park. The public is invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. in the park’s meeting room.
The goal is to obtain public input from the community on what amenities and facilities would provide a better visitor experience at the park. Funding for such improvements was made available through the signing of Act 196 the 2019 Regular Legislative Session. The funds became available when the Washington Parish Reservoir Commission was disbanded. Remaining funds from the Reservoir Commission were directed to improving Bogue Chitto State Park. Mizell sponsored the legislation that resulting in the disbanding of the Reservoir Commission, and she included a clause in the legislation that required any excess funds to be used for the benefit of the park.
Bogue Chitto State Park is located south of Franklinton off of Highway 25. Visitors to the park can experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. The 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood-forested gorge and upland forests. The state park system has referred to it as “the crown jewel” of Louisiana’s state parks.
For anyone unable to attend the meeting, comments and input can be submitted to billy@crt.la.gov.