Plaquemine officials have been hard at work on installing brand new playground equipment in the city park on Belleview and expect the new additions to be ready for use by the end of June.

According to Plaquemine Mayor “Ed” Reeves, the equipment was originally bought by the late Mayor Gulotta and had been sitting in storage in the warehouses by the Waterfront Park until a decision was made as to where to install it.  The park upgrades are paid with a $250,000 grant which was matched by the city.

“We spent $250,000, we got a state grant so when I saw the equipment I said ‘we’re going to spend this money’,” Reeves said.  The city will be replacing the restroom facility and adding a new concession stand to the park on top of the new equipment.

According to city spokesperson Ellie Hebert, the playground equipment has been installed, but the city awaits the addition of a concrete base and rubberized surface that need to be poured before the playground can be used.

Hebert said the city took bids on Tuesday, May 23 for the surface work, along with the bathroom renovation and other improvements and the bids came in a bit higher than expected.  Hebert assured that Reeves and his staff are working to complete the playground as soon as possible.

“We are concentrating on the playground equipment first so that will be open to the public,” Reeves added.  “The equipment is wonderful.  The kids are going to love it.”

In addition to the new equipment provided by the city, the Iberville Parks and Recreation District decided to pitch in and recently donated a new swing set to the renovated park.

The city anticipates opening the park for public use by the end of June.  The neighboring Water Spray Park opened May 27.