JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
November 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON PARISH COUNCILWOMAN JENNIFER VAN VRANCKEN HOSTED A
RIBBON CUTTING TO CELEBRATE THE UPGRADES TO CLEARY PLAYGROUND
The gymnasium court was also dedicated to the late Jay “Jay-Bird” Champagne
METAIRIE, LA – Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken and Jefferson Parish elected officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the improvements and upgrades to Cleary Playground. The gymnasium court was also dedicated to the late Jay “Jay-Bird” Champagne, a beloved coach and employee of Cleary Playground for more than 33 years.
“Cleary Playground needed some major TLC, and we are thrilled to share this rejuvenated space with the surrounding community,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken. “Naming the gym floor after Jay Champagne, a longtime fixture at Cleary, makes these renovations even more meaningful by commemorating the spirit of someone so dedicated to Cleary for future generations to remember.”
After decades of well-loved wear, the gym is getting new custom court flooring, and updated structural and aesthetic repairs at a cost of $501,712.17. The meeting rooms, kitchen, and offices were renovated, and a new hallway was added, allowing better access to a bathroom. Restrooms were updated with new fixtures and partitions, and made ADA accessible. The west fence was replaced, sidewalks were added, the parking lot was seal-coated, handicap accessible parking spots were added, and a new sign was installed.
The ribbon cutting and dedication took place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 in the Cleary Playground Gymnasium, located at 3700 Civic Street in Metairie.
CLICK HERE to watch a video of the full ceremony.
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1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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