New Roads Honored for 10th Consecutive Year
with Playful City USA Community Award
Mayor Robert Myer Says Quality of Life in New Roads is Priority
NEW ROADS, La. – The City of New Roads has been named a “Playful City” for the tenth consecutive year in recognition of its recreation programs and parks.
The award is sponsored by KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization that recognizes communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children to improve physical, social and academic development. KaBOOM! works with mayors, city council members, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders to institute programs, resources and activities that benefit children.
“Our community continues to invest in our wonderful public parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities,” Mayor Robert Myer said. “Not only has this commitment helped us retain the prominent ‘Playful City USA’ designation, but most importantly, it has helped New Roads remain a family-friendly community that offers our children numerous opportunities to safely play.”
Myer said quality of life for New Roads’ citizens has been a high priority of his administration since Day One. He noted that the city has expanded and improved its park facilities, most notably Community Park, which includes the restored Cotton Seed Oil Mill, a new parking lot, the new NRG field at Community Park with a concession stand, bleachers and berm seating, a walking and fitness trail, skate park and splash pad.
The latest addition to Community Park is a new 5,000-square foot community pavilion. Myer said the open-air facility is available for private rentals by churches, charitable groups and local residents.
Myer also said the city recently received a $150,000 grant from the Federal Highway Commission to construct a sidewalk along False River Drive from Major Highway to La. Highway 1, and extend the sidewalk on La. Highway 10 near Rosenwald Elementary.
“Both of these projects create a safer pedestrian walkway in these two city locations, helping to make New Roads a more walkable, safe community,” he said.
“We are going to continue to make our city safer, more inviting and more playable every year, with new parks and playgrounds, safer streets and an abundance of recreational opportunities,” Myer said.
He praised city administrative assistant Lynette Nelson for working with KaBOOM! representatives to identify ways to invest in local projects. He noted that much of the funding for the city’s parks has come from grants and state funding. Last year, $260,000 was awarded to the city to complete the Community Park’s public restrooms and walking trail.
“Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and communities that they thrive in,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”
The City of New Roads is one of six cities in the state and among 257 communities nationally to receive the 2016 Playful City USA designation by KaBOOM! for investing time and effort into putting kids first.