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South Bossier Park popular among the community

Anyone in south Bossier Parish who may be wondering where all those vehicles are going just about every weekend should look no further than the police jury’s park and athletic complex on Caplis Sligo Road.

Warren Saucier, director of parks and recreation for the police jury, told police jury members that the South Bossier facility “…is really rocking and rolling. Every weekend we have something going on.”

Saucier said the Midsouth Athletic League of junior football teams occupies three fields each Saturday for games. That league is composed of teams from Bossier City and Shreveport, and from Tyler, Texas and Texarkana.

Sunday sees two fields in use by soccer teams for games, scrimmages and practices. And Saucier said, lacrosse is scheduled to begin this weekend, weather permitting.

South Bossier has also been the location of numerous cross-country meets featuring local and out-of-area squads.

“We’re keeping up with the maintenance at the park and despite the rains the fields are in good condition,” he said. “In fact, the area that is most worn is along the sidelines where the fans gather to watch the games. Crowds are always large.”

Parish Engineer Butch Ford and Director of Public Works Mark Coutee will soon be on the move in the parish to inspect roads, bridges and drainage while preparing the 2021 maintenance and repair program.

Ford reported to the police jury that during heavy rains the past few days parish ditches and drainages were keeping the water flowing.

Police jury members also:

  • Accepted the resignation of Wanda Bennett from the LCDA and appointed Jack “Bump” Skaggs as her replacement.
  • Authorized bids for water well and lines for Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage Dist. 1.
  • Authorized advertising for bids for annual supplies, asphaltic concrete paving material and tires. Bids will be received Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
  • Following public hearings, approved the plat of proposed development of Kingston Plantation subdivision, Unit 7, and agreed to abandon Eagle Ridge Pointe subdivision, Unit 1, scheduled a public hearing Dec. 5 to consider adoption of 2019 police jury budget and to consider two applications to the MPC for zoning amendments.
  • Heard and accepted reports from three police jury committees.
  • Accepted a recommendation of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
  • Approved the creation of the Bossier Parish Industrial Tax Exemption Program Committee.
  • Approved an encroachment permit from the Bossier Levee District.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the police jury to acquire and/or expropriate all parcels, tracts, properties or servitudes for the Oak Hill Mobile Park project, and accepted a proposal from David W. Volentine for appraisal services.
  • Approved a pair of change orders for the Bossier North-South Corridor, Swan Lake Rd. project.
  • Approved proposals of Land & Aquatic Resource Management for environmental services on Willow Chute Bayou drainage improvements; on Swan Lake Rd. at Poole Rd. project; for the Kelli Rd. bridge replacement project.

New south Bossier park open to public

South Bossier Park on Caplis Sligo Rd. is ready for parents to bring their small children to the park’s newest addition, a shaded pavilion complete with playground equipment.

A sidewalk from the parking area to the pavilion has been completed and landscaping along the way will begin soon. Inside the shaded area, young children will have a safe play area designed just for them and both parents and children will have the use of bathroom facilities located nearby.

Warren Saucier, director of the Bossier Parish Police Jury Parks and Recreation Dept., said the playground is an ideal spot for youngsters whose brothers or sisters may be involved in many of the park’s activities for older students. The playground area is also a great place for parents to bring their children just to have fun, Saucier said.

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The park’s softball, football, baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields are ready for play and practice.

Saucier said public school cross-country events have already been held on the park’s 100-plus acres and other activities are expected to be scheduled.

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South Bossier Park

The parish’s newest park is rapidly becoming one of its most popular. Already, the park is a favorite site for cross-country competitions on local and regional levels. Competitions between middle and high school teams continue to grow as more and more schools discover the possibilities the park presents.

Local youth football, baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse teams use the park’s several practice fields to hone their skills. Additionally, area schools have used the fields for aeronautical exercises including miniature rocket launches and drone skill competition. Amateur enthusiasts have brought their model airplanes to the park for weekend skill sessions.

Bathroom facilities have been installed at two separate areas of the park and the parish police jury completed an extensive overlay project on the former gravel road leading into the park to improve access.

Police Jury highway department crews have also completed a secondary road, topped with asphalt millings, running behind the fields. That road will be used to conveniently move traffic into and out of the park during large events. In the future, the secondary road will be paved, using asphalt.

With more than 100 acres at the park, plans to expand services continue well into the next years. In the future, parish officials want to see the park’s fields upgraded to competition level for all outdoor sports and the feasibility of lighting some fields is being studied.



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