LT. GOV. LANDRIEU DEDICATES NEW CABINS AT CHICOT STATE PARK -- 010/08/2007
Office of State ParksFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2007
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU DEDICATES NEW CABINS AT CHICOT STATE PARK
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VILLE PLATTE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu today dedicated new cabins at Chicot State Park, celebrating the completion of phase one of renovations to the park's facilities, a $4.5 million improvement project of overnight accommodations at the park. The 11 a.m. ceremony was held at the South Landing day-use area.
"Our State Parks offer the visitor to Louisiana breath-taking natural beauty and first-class amenities," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. "Overnight visitors to Chicot State Park will find that these new cabins offer spectacular views of the lake, and a comfortable stay when visiting central Louisiana. These improvements will make Chicot the premier tourist attraction in this part of the state and an economic generator for surrounding communities."
Phase 2 of the improvements at the South Landing of Chicot State Park will include an upgrade of the campsite utilities, a new bathhouse and a water playground. Additional projects will involve upgrades of the campsites at the park's North Landing and renovation of the Group Camp kitchen.
Angèle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (DCRT), said the new cabins are the first step in upgrading the facilities at Chicot, a site that consistently ranks as one Louisiana's top three in visitation. "Nearly 29,000 people visited Chicot in the first two months of this fiscal year, a visitor increase of over 5% from last year at this time," Davis said. "We have committed $3 million to future projects at this location and that is money well spent. For every dollar we spend on this park, we get a return on investment of $4.03."
After the dedication, Lt. Governor Landrieu, Sen. Don Hines, Rep. Eric Lafleur and DCRT Secretary Angèle Davis viewed plans for future improvements at Chicot and toured the park's facilities. Each of the 15 cabins, eight of which are located directly on Lake Chicot, have central air and heat and include two-bedrooms, a full kitchen, bathroom, open deck and screened porches. The units rent for $90 per night and sleep up to 8 guests. Bed linens, basic dishware and cooking utensils are provided, but visitors must bring their own towels and soap products.
"As one of our more frequently-visited sites, we are very pleased to be able to offer these new cabins at Chicot State Park," said State Parks Assistant Secretary Stuart Johnson. "The quality of our overnight accommodations has improved over the last few years, and we certainly appreciate the efforts of our State Park staff for this and other improvement projects."
Chicot State Park, located six miles north of Ville Platte on La. 3042, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on the site, or to reserve lodges, cabins or campsites visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.