Chapter 7: parks & Recreation

Guiding Principles

  • Maintain and enhance existing parks, trails, and recreation facilities
  • Design new and improved recreational amenities on and along the Ouachita River   
  • Expand opportunities for youth sports and other forms of recreation
  • Improve connectivity between parks and recreation facilities throughout the community

Goals, Strategies & Objectives

Goal 1: West Monroe offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor recreation amenities.

Goal 2: West Monroe leverages the Ouachita Rover as a unique recreational asset.

Goal 3: West Monroe provides equitable access to a family-friendly parks and recreation system.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Develop downtown riverfront park
    • Install a marina
    • Build a fishing dock
    • Facilitate river activities, such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding 
    • Rehabilitate existing structure on site to incentivize private enterprise on the riverfront
    • Construct an amphitheater for events
  • Make improvements to Kiroli Park
    • Repave trails
    • Enhance conservatory
    • Renovate dog park
    • Construct additional park entrance
  • Continue development of Highland Park
    • Construct a parking lot, install public bathroom facilities, and build more recreational amenities surrounding the wetland trails
  • Make improvements to Lazarre Park
    • Leverage the South Riverfront Cultural District to explore various uses and programming at Lazarre Park
  • Make improvements to Gator Park
    • Install additional lights and cameras
    • Develop and facilitate recreational programming, such as the potential addition of basketball hoops
  • In collaboration with community champions, make improvements to all neighborhood parks, including:
    • A.C. Facen Memorial Park
    • Brian Smith Memorial Park
  • Make improvements to Brady Field
    • Enhance existing facilities
    • Construct more practice fields for soccer
  • Collaborate with the Ouachita Parish Police Jury and West Ouachita Recreation District to offer new recreational programming (indoor and outdoor) for people of all ages and abilities