The Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park will be formally dedicated to the late Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta, and a bronze plaque honoring him will be unveiled during a ceremony at the park’s pavilion on Sunday, September 18.
A luncheon will begin at noon and the ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Mayor Gulotta had the vision for the park, and worked for 10 years to obtain funding and build the $6 million award-winning park that is now the jewel of Plaquemine.
The City won the most prestigious award given by the Louisiana Municipal Association, the Best of Show Award, in competition with municipalities across the state for the park and the fresh water pump project. That project revitalized both the water and aquatic life of historic Bayou Plaquemine. The park has also won prestigious design awards. Gulotta’s vision now provides a breath-taking entrance into the city, and the park and pavilion are now used daily for recreation, boating and fishing. It is also used for many community events, as well as private functions including weddings, receptions, family reunions, company parties and more.
The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen voted shortly after his sudden death on September 11, 2015 to name the park after him. Commenting on his legacy, Mayor Mary Sue Gulotta said, “The greatest happiness Tony knew was in helping the City of Plaquemine and its people. He accomplished much, and Plaquemine is better because of him. His legacy is that he loved his city.”
The park is located at57845 Foundry Street in Plaquemine. The public is invited.