French Settlement Playground wins 2021 Community Impact Award
On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at their Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the French Settlement Playground was announced as the Community Impact Award for 2021. The award, as its name suggests, is meant for an organization, project or action that is significant to the Livingston Parish Community.
In 2021, one project hits all the marks for addressing a need in a community that typically does not get this kind of attention. It has been many years since the southern end of Livingston Parish has been the focus of a project such as this.
The project began when a group was assigned through members of the Leadership Livingston Class of 2020. Each group much come up with a community project and this group chose the playground.
The project was a true collaboration of business, local government and individuals who contributed funds to make the playground a reality. The location for the playground is owned by the Village of French Settlement.
The Playground Project was finalized and came through at a time when outdoor play was being supported heavily in response to covid.
The project began in 2020 with the Leadership Livingston Project group and came to reality in 2021. With an impact of nearly $40,000 – thousands of volunteer hours and the impact to the entire community.
Members of the Leadership Livingston Project Group were recognized for their work on the project and include: Todd Price, Holmes Building Materials; Vanissa Murphy, Quality Engineering; Chasity Chauvin, Livingston Parish Public Schools; Sandy Teal, Livingston Parish Council Clerk; Jeremy Aydell – Owner – Franchisee Sport Clips; Jeanette Clark, City of Denham Springs and Timothy ‘Joel’ Stern – Our Lady of the Lake.