Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne announced Thursday that because of budgetary constraints swimming pools at Chemin-A-Haut, Lake Bistineau, Lake D’Arbonne and North Toledo Bend state parks will not open for summer 2015.
“My office has been hit, repeatedly and disproportionately, with midyear budget cuts, and unfortunately the majority of these cuts fall on state parks,” Dardenne said. “Louisiana families and visitors alike will unfortunately be feeling the impact of these cuts.”
The wave pools, water playgrounds and beach swimming will still be available.
The Bayou Segnette State Park wave pool in Westwego opens Memorial Day weekend, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, with a fee of $10 per adult and $8 per child under 4 feet tall.
Water playgrounds at Bogue Chitto in Franklinton, Chicot in Ville Platte, Fontainebleau in Mandeville, Lake Bruin in St. Joseph, Lake Fausse Pointe near St. Martinville, Palmetto Island near Abbeville, Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi, St. Bernard in Braithwaite and Tickfaw in Springfield are open daily, April 1 through Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
State parks with designated beach swimming areas include Bogue Chitto, Cypremort Point east of Franklin, Fontainebleau, Grand Isle, Jimmie Davis in Chatham, Lake Bruin, Lake Claiborne in Homer, Poverty Point Reservoir and South Toledo Bend near Anacoco.
All beach areas are open daily but do not have lifeguard supervision.
For more information on Louisiana State Parks, visit LaStateParks.com or www.Facebook.com/LA.State.Parks.