Payne Williams told members of the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission about a new park project that was started at its meeting Feb. 15. The new park will feature a landscaped area on Touline Street behind the First Baptist Church. This area was the original site for the St. Mary’s Academy.
Van Erikson confirmed that the floating docks on Cane River will be extended another 30 feet thanks to two $5,000 sponsorships from the NHDDC and the Cane River Waterway Commission. The docks will arrive in the next few weeks and will connect to the existing ones. Rowing events will revolve around March 3 and March 17 with some teams bringing 150 members.
The Dragon Boat Races, set for March 3, has 17 teams registered already. Erikson said he’s trying for 25 teams. A higher number of teams will allow more boats to race at a time and will help build a crowd on the downtown riverbank.
Other upcoming NSU events include:
March 20- WRAC named for Dr. Webb
March 21- Dancing with the Sigmas
March 23- Long Purple Line Luncheon and Flavor of Louisiana event
March 24- Military Ball
Other upcoming downtown events include:
March 17- NYP Pub Crawl, Krewe of Barkus Parade, and Bloomin’ & Art Along the Bricks
March 23-24- Cane River Film Festival
May 6-12- National Tourism Week
Cynthia Sutton spoke about projects at Los Adaes including the Cane River National Heritage Area’s application for funding to improve the walking trail and put up signage. They’ve also contracted with a company to clean up the site so visitors can see more of the landscape that’s currently hidden.
APHN will hold its annual Melrose Arts&Crafts Festival April 21-22. They are also working to finish masonry work on the African House this month.
Edd Lee gave an update on the continued renovations on the downtown riverbank. Pavers are being installed around the stage for an enlarged dancing area. The new bathrooms should be finished in time for the Jazz Fest. The next step will be the installation of two docks on the south end near the restrooms for boats.