Improvements to the Parish Camp in south Bossier are continuing and following Wednesday’s Police Jury meeting, the facility will soon have even more room to expand services to residents.
Jury members voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of just over 12 and a half acres adjoining camp property on the southeastern side, a move that will nearly triple the size of the park on Lake Bistineau.
“We have a diamond in the rough there,” said District 1 jury member Bob Brotherton. “I believe there is a very bright future for the camp and for the people who will be utilizing the facilities.”
Purchase price of the property is about $235,000 and according to Treasurer Joe Buffington, the money will come from a combination of the jury’s parks and recreation construction fund and sales tax revenue.
Currently, a well is being drilled at the park with an eye toward supplying water for a future bathroom and shower facility. Brotherton said the water would also help with other down-the-road plans.
“I think we’d like to see RV slots with hookups for water and sewer,” he said. “Additionally, we hope to double the size of the boat launch and work with Wildlife and Fisheries on more recreational possibilities.”
Other possible improvements at the park could be hiking and biking trails, especially when the new acreage has been cleared, Brotherton added. Camping areas can also be improved and expanded.