Bogalusa's Cassidy Park re-opens following March flood damage

Bogalusa park reopens

BOGALUSA-  For decades, the Bogue Lusa Creek, which runs around Cassidy Park, has flowed with treasured tales from another time.

"When I was a little girl, my mother used to bring me to swim in the creek," said resident Hughey Lene Guht, "We even had a zoo back then."

In more present times, the park's paths have provided people with a peaceful escape, or a place to play.

"We talk about our kids and what we want for them and where we want to see them go. So this is a good relaxing place to be," said resident Jerry Peters, "You want to get rid of your stress, just come out here and start walking and talking, listen to some music. Whatever you feel like doing, you can do it out here."

But in March, the creek turned on the town that has loved it so much by destroying the park with fast and furious flood waters.  But the city fought back just as fierce, and Friday, the park was re-opened in grand fashion with a good crowd of fans, just six months after the flood. 

It's a moment Park Manager Josh Crosby has been working tirelessly to see come to fruition.

"It's a wonderful feeling because I've got a little boy myself that's five and I can't wait to get him back over here, he said, "That's what he's been asking me, 'Daddy when you gonna get the park fixed?'"

While the focus of the rebuildng of the park was its future, the developers wanted to make sure people didn't forget it's past.  They've posted large posters of the damage in various locations so visitors can compare before and after.

"To have it totally devastated was horrible," said resident Martha Moak, "But now they've put it back together and i think it's better than it was."

A place where many can come to remember, but many more can come to create new memories.

The splash pad and museums still have a few more weeks of work left, but the park is ready to host the annual Blues and Heritage Festival set for the final weekend of this month.


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