Parish officials gathered to celebrate the official reopening of IMTT Park in St. Rose May 18th with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
IMTT Park’s reopening celebration was the conclusion of a nine-month renovation process, including storm-related demolition work, bollards for the parking lots, new sidewalks and added pavilions for additional shade. Bathrooms at the IMTT Park were enhanced with new amenities and a fresh coat of paint, while batting cages were updated and relocated to another area of the park.
Parish officials said they were elated to reopen the park, as it had remained closed since Hurricane Ida after sustaining heavy storm damage.
“IMTT Park has been a vital part of the St. Rose community as it is a place where families gather and kids can play,” President Matthew Jewell said. “We are excited to have it reopened for all of our residents across the parish.”
St. Mary Parish-based construction firm DEL-CON completed IMTT Park renovations at a total cost of $223,940 to St. Charles Parish.
The park features two fields: a baseball field and a multipurpose field, both available for public use. Located at 10668 River Road in St. Rose, it is one of 56 parks and facilities the Department of Parks and Recreation maintains across St. Charles Parish. St. Rose is home to at least five of the parish’s many parks maintained by Parks and Recreation, including IMTT Park, Parquet Park, Fairfield Playground, East Bank Multi-Use Path near Charlestowne, and the fields at Albert Cammon Middle School.
Parks and Recreation officials said most parks have now been sufficiently repaired and reopened, but given the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Ida, there are a handful of parish parks left that await additional storm damage work.
“All of our parks have safely reopened since Hurricane Ida,” Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Alissa Caveretta said. “However, we are still working to repair many of our parks, which received significant damage from the storm.”
On the West Bank, the Des Allemands Park on WPA Road currently has repairs in progress, Caveretta said, and there are currently plans in place for the West Bank Bridge Park as well.