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Hours Expanded at Thomas Park and Dupuis Recreation Centers

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 3:13 PM

Lafayette, LA - Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Thomas Park and Dupuis Recreation Centers have expanded their operating hours and are now open for morning activities. This is the first time morning recreation is available to citizens. Both centers are open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon.

Recreation centers are regularly open in the afternoon and evening from 3 p.m.-9 p.m., but Recreation Centers Manager Royal Hill said additional morning hours strengthen the benefits of LCG’s Parks and Recreation programs. “It’s a quality of life service we’re offering that didn’t exist before and builds on our mission to enrich the lives of citizens through entertainment, relaxation, and physical activities, which improves both physical and mental health.”

Residents have access to basketball courts, weight room, game room, and can participate in a new chair exercise class, Sit and Be Fit, designed for those who can’t stand for long periods of time. Classes are $5 per session. LCG Chief Administrator Officer and acting Parks and Recreation Director Cydra Wingerter said, “Expanding hours, especially during the pandemic, when more people are working or learning from home or staying home on their own volition, increases the value of our recreation centers. And citizens can rest assured COVID-19 precautions are followed.”

Hill anticipates more recreation centers to open for morning recreation in the future and is seeking additional, instructor-led morning activities at the Thomas Park and Dupuis Centers. “We want to use our recreation centers to the fullest and provide an array of programs, such as fitness classes, guitar, sign language, art, anything recreational that will enhance our citizens’ quality of life,” he said.

Contact Recreation Centers Manager Royal Hill for more information at 337-291-8362 or rhill@lafayettela.gov.

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