LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)-Moncus Park held a groundbreaking ceremony today for an amphitheater set to be built later this year.
The park is in phase 2 of construction which includes an inclusive playground and splash pad, a memorial for veterans, and an amphitheater for local musicians.
“We got a lot of venues are closing, but you got a lot of new venues are opening, moncus park has given us an opportunity,” Chubby Carrier, Grammy-Award winning zydeco musician, said.
Carrier is looking forward to getting back to the stage and ge believes venues like this are needed in Lafayette.
“Because of the families that wants to come out and spend time with each other. The musicians that wants to perform for the families. That's important to have all the families come out together, hear good music, have a good environment be around each other and have a good time,” Carrier said.
Elizabeth Brooks, the executive of Moncus Park, said that the development of the park has been in the works for years.
“We owned the property until 2012 when the city purchased it after a grassroots campaign that the citizens all rallied around to save it as a park and we formed a nonprofit to turn it into lafayette central park and have been fundraising for it and developing it ever since,” Brooks said.
The amphitheater is being built to give a space for all artists to showcase their craft.
“Now that we're starting to see the other side of COVID, and really think that this will hopefully be just a breath of relief for a lot of different artists who want to come and use this space, and get back into business,” Brooks said.
After Phase 2, Moncus Park plans to add a farmer’s market and plaza along the entrance on Johnston St. The park is set to be opened later this year.