NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - The award, sponsored by KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization that recognizes communities for their efforts to provide opportunities for youth to improve their development, was awarded to the city in recognition of its recreational parks and programs.
KaBOOM! Works with city officials and departments to implement programs and activities for children. Mayor of New Roads, Robert Myer, is pleased with the award. He says, "Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent 'Playful City USA' designation, but most importantly, it has helped New Roads remain a family-friendly community that offers our children numerous opportunities to safely play."
Myer says that the quality of life for the citizens of New Roads has been a priority of his since the beginning of his time in office. He says New Roads has improved many of its facilities, including Community Park, which includes the restored Cotton Seed Oil Mill, a new parking lot, the new NRG field with a concession stand, bleachers and berm seating, a fitness trail, skate park, and a splash pad.
A 5,000 square foot pavilion is the latest addition to Community Park. The facility is available for private rentals for churches, charitable groups, and residents.
Myer says the parks aren't the only places in the city getting updates. New Roads recently received a $150,000 grant from the Federal Highway Commission to build a sidewalk along False River Drive from Major Highway to La. Highway 1 and to extend the sidewalk on La. Highway 10 near Rosenwald Elementary.
Myer says these improvements will contribute to the well-being of the citizens of New Roads. He says, "We are going to continue to make our city safer, more inviting, and more playable every year, with new parks and playgrounds, safer streets, and an abundance of recreational opportunities."
Myer thanks city administrative assistant, Lynette Nelson, for her work with KaBOOM! in identifying how the money could best be used to improve the community.
New Roads is one of six cities in Louisiana and among 257 communities nationally to receive the 2016 "Playful City USA" designation.