Lake Charles is chock full of treasures. Jean Lafitte would be proud. One such gem is Tuten Park. Nestled along Nelson Road, this park, which several years ago had fallen prey to neglect and a bit of ill repute, has been revitalized, thanks to the efforts of the City of Lake Charles, local garden clubs, and park enthusiasts.

Today was a lovely sunny day, so my husband met me at the park for a lunchtime picnic. We had never really explored the park before. 
There’s a verdant picnic grove . . .

And several of these garden boxes throughout the park, maintained primarily by the Lake Charles Garden Club . . .


There’s an educational building where Boys Scouts can earn nature badges and the public can attend talks on anything from landscaping with native plants and trees to growing orchids, roses, or tomatoes. The building also has restrooms. There’s a nice playground. And we had heard there were trails. I was especially eager to find a nearby place to hike. A sign at the park entrance shows a map of the park, complete with a maze of paths. But alas, the trails are closed to the public – gated and locked -- at least at this time.

Here's the map of the trails. It does say "Phase II" will begin this year.

In the meantime, while we wait for the trails to open, Tuten Park is a great place picnic or take children out to play.

What is your favorite park and what do you like to do there?

Lake Charles is chock full of treasures. Jean Lafitte would be proud. One such gem is Tuten Park. Nestled along Nelson Road, this park, which several years ago had fallen prey to neglect and a bit of ill repute, has been revitalized, thanks to the efforts of the City of Lake Charles, local garden clubs, and park enthusiasts.

Today was a lovely sunny day, so my husband met me at the park for a lunchtime picnic. We had never really explored the park before. 
There’s a verdant picnic grove . . .

And several of these garden boxes throughout the park, maintained primarily by the Lake Charles Garden Club . . .


There’s an educational building where Boys Scouts can earn nature badges and the public can attend talks on anything from landscaping with native plants and trees to growing orchids, roses, or tomatoes. The building also has restrooms. There’s a nice playground. And we had heard there were trails. I was especially eager to find a nearby place to hike. A sign at the park entrance shows a map of the park, complete with a maze of paths. But alas, the trails are closed to the public – gated and locked -- at least at this time.

Here's the map of the trails. It does say "Phase II" will begin this year.

In the meantime, while we wait for the trails to open, Tuten Park is a great place picnic or take children out to play.

What is your favorite park and what do you like to do there?