Plaquemine Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves Jr. is moving forward with plans for a levee-top landing and trail extending from north Plaquemine to the ferry landing. The landing would be located on the levee adjacent to the Plaquemine Lock Historic Site, and the walking and biking trail would extend a total of about 1.3 miles in both directions of the landing.
A public meeting to explain the project, named the Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail, and get public input is set for Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. in the second floor courtroom of Plaquemine City Hall on Railroad Avenue.
“This recreational trail will have several uses,” said Mayor Reeves. “We envision a brick area with a small pavilion, seating and lighting at the landing area, similar to the landing at Port Allen,” said Reeves. “This will provide great river views for those attending downtown community events, such as the July 4th Hometown Celebration and other events. It will also add to our tourist attractions in the area, be used by residents for recreational walking and biking, and can also be an alternative to vehicle use for residents in the area to get to downtown facilities and businesses.”
The trail, extending in both directions on the levee from the main landing, will be lighted. It will tie into the Plaquemine Lock Historic Site, the Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, the north Plaquemine park and the ferry landing area.
The city has contacted with CSRS Services to develop the master plan for the project, and is already in communication with numerous agencies, such as the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Atchafalaya Basin Levee District, to obtain the permits necessary, and with other agencies to seek grants for the project.
“We are going after several grants for this project, so we are moving quickly to make grant application deadlines this summer,” Reeves said. “We anticipate this being a three-phased project with the landing being the first phase, the extension of the levee trail to the north Plaquemine park being the second phase, and the extension to the ferry landing being the third phase.” Construction work on the first phase is not expected until 2018, in part because of the extensive process of getting the permits necessary for levee top work.
Residents are urged to attend the community meeting on May 16 to learn more about the project and to give their input on the proposed master plan.