State park in Louisiana reopens restored beach to public

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New concrete fishing deck and pavilion on the south end of Cypremort Point State Park, complete with fish cleaning station and built-in fishing rod holders. Photo Credit: Louisiana State Parks.

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – A state park in Louisiana has opened with some new features: a brand new fishing deck and a restored beach.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Louisiana State Parks, and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) was held on Friday to officially open the new projects at Cypremort Point State Park to the public.

 Cutting the ribbon to officially open new improvements at Cypremort Point State Park. From left to right are Leigh LaFargue, Louisiana State Parks; April Newman, CPRA; Bren Haase, CPRA; Iberia Parish President Larry Richard; Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser; Representative Blake Miguez, District 49; Representative Vinny St. Blanc, III, District 50; Rodney Olander, St. Mary Parish Councilmember; St. Mary Parish President David Hanagriff; Bo Lagrange, St. Mary Parish CAO; Franklin Mayor Eugene Foulcard; Evan Boudreaux, St. Mary Parish Director of Economic & Community Development; and Former St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin. Photo Credit: Office of Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

“We’re thrilled to see the results of this suite of improvements to Cypremort Point State Park,” said Bren Haase, executive director of CPRA.

The old fishing deck on the south side of the park was removed and replaced with a concrete deck and fishing area. The fishing area includes a fish cleaning station, a kayak launch for paddling to Vermillion Bay, built-in rod holders and more lighting. The north side of the park has new picnic tables and barbeque grills.

 The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority partnered with Louisiana State Parks to restore 18,000 cubic yards of sand for the beach at Cypremort Point State Park. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) provided the funding. The beach was also extended so visitors have more space.

New concrete fishing deck and pavilion on the south end of Cypremort Point State Park, complete with fish cleaning station and built-in fishing rod holders. Photo Credit: Louisiana State Parks.
Louisiana State Parks trucked in more than 18,000 cubic yards to renovate the beach at Cypremort Point State Park, extending it up to 100 feet in some places. Photo Credit: Louisiana State Parks.

“With staycations being one of the major messages to people in Louisiana, we wanted to make sure our state parks were more appealing to all visitors – both from Louisiana and out of state,” Nungesser said. “From new beaches to renovated cabins and improved camping areas, to great fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking, our staff is working hard to make your Louisiana State Parks places the whole family can enjoy.”

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