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If you have ever launched your boat at Palmetto Island's boat launch on the Vermilion River, you probably noticed that it's a little hard to find the park when you return. Over the years, the land marks change and trees along the bank line have grown to hide the slip that leads to the launch. Well that shouldn't be a problem anymore!
Through an anonymous donation the park was able to purchase TWO huge, bright and highly visible boat launch signs. The signs were installed on both sides of the slip. Boaters returning to the park shouldn't have any trouble find it anymore. The signs were installed with the help of a volunteer, park staff and the Teche Vermilion Fresh Water District.
We'd like to shout a big WELCOME to the park's new law enforcement ranger, Terrell 'T.J.' Bergeron. T.J. has been in law enforcement since 2006. The majority of his career was spent with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff Dept. He also served as Department Supervisor for Village of Parks Police Department. T.J. also works as a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper. He is originally from Arnaudville, LA, near Bayou Portage. T.J. has been married for 22 years and has 3 children (25, 18 and 12 years old). Having two sons on the autism spectrum led him to become involved in and is currently Chairperson of Families Helping Families of Acadiana. He says that helping others is very rewarding. T.J. loves being out in the woods, hunting, fishing and trapping. He expressed his amazement at the diversity of plant and animal life at Palmetto Island State Park. He enjoyed participating with the traveling interpretive ranger in July and was is awe of the kids' reactions to animal hides they were shown. As he talked about his experience with the park patrons, it sounded as if recognized the interest and need for educational nature related type of programs. T.J we hope you and Andrea can make that happen. Sure sounds like this fella could be a really good fit for the park. We hope you'll show him some Vermilion Parish, Cajun hospitality and make him feel welcome to the Palmetto Island State Park family.
The Louisiana Office of State Parks is seeking public-private partnerships to implement projects designed to enhance visitor experiences and generate additional revenue for the Louisiana State Parks system. A Request for Proposal (RFP) is now open and accessible for opportunities available in all state parks. Read more.
Black topping the campground is like a dream come true for Palmetto Island's patrons. Dislike for the dust and pot holes have been the most common complaint we've heard since the park opened in 2010. The black top project was completed in 5 days by Glenn Lege Construction. They paved about 11,000 square yards of asphalt at a 3”depth. We hope this enhancement will improve the quality of your time at Palmetto Island and that patrons who refused to return until the road was paved will come back to camp soon. The sewage project is complete too. All campsites are now FULL sewer hook ups. That means no more dumping portable tanks when you spend more than a night or two at the park. Tell all your camping buddies and make your reservations today!
Campers....We know you'll appreciate this amenity!
Welcome Palmetto Island State park's new manager, Mrs. Andrea Jones.
Andrea's message... "It was nice meeting everyone last night. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with Friends of Palmetto Island State Park as well as the Vermilion Parish community to continue developing partnerships while enhancing recreational activities for the community, surrounding parishes, and patrons throughout the state. "
Ursa Major is the name of Palmetto Island State Park's newest Bear. This larger than life bear is located near the splash pad. Make two trips to see this beauty, one during the day and then pass again at night to see her all lit up. Learn more about this bear's name here.
Ursa Major was designed, fabricated and installed by Brennan Steele. Palmetto Island's bear took 4-5 days to design on the computer. After that came the slow process of transferring it from the computer to actual iron. Ursa was constructed with twelve 4x10 sheets of of Corten Steel. Corten Steel (sometimes known as weathered steel) is a group of steel alloys that are often used in outdoor construction. Corten Steel was designed to eliminate the need for painting and if left outside, exposed to the elements, it will develop a rusted appearance in just a few months. Brennan sent these carefully marked sheets of steel to Louisiana Cutting in Baton Rouge for cutting. I think there are over 90 shapes welded together to create Ursa. It took Brennan 3-4 weeks (working every other day because of the Louisiana heat) to build Ursa Major.
This project was funded through the state's ' Percent for Art' program-1% of the cost of a project has to be set aside to pay for art.
Brennan is a native of Oregon who moved to Louisiana 12 years ago and lives and works in New Orleans. Brennan's resume is impressive. He has worked for event production companies and TurboSquid in New Orleans helping to create elaborate Mardi Gras floats. Brennan is now self employed and contracts to create amazing art. I'd like to mention just a couple of features designed and created by Brennan, the bear at Black Bear Golf Club and butterflies for Ochsner's Medical.
Brennan's specialty is creating bonfire sculptures. You can see more pictures of Brennan's creations below.
Message from Park Manager...Beginning in late September, part of the campground will be closed for renovations. Sewer hook-ups are being added to all of the campsites. As of right now, no reservations will be cancelled. The contractors will work around existing reservations and programs, such as Halloween, the cochon-de-lait, etc. If there are reservations on campsites that are being renovated, then we can transfer them to an open campsite. At no time is the entire park closing, which is a question that we have been getting a lot. If customers have any questions, they can call the park at 337-893-3930.
The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Office of State Parks (State Parks) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit any and all project ideas that could benefit the State Parks system, and, as a result, the citizens of and visitors to Louisiana. The objectives in soliciting information are to promote the State Parks mission, achieve proper balance of preservation and utilization of State Parks Properties while becoming more financially self-sustaining, and better serve the needs of citizens and of visitors to Louisiana through collaboration utilizing Public-Private Partnerships.
The RFI packet, which includes a timeline, instructions for proposal submission, and selection criteria, is available at: www.opportunitiesinlouisiana.com . It may also be picked up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the Office of State Park, Capitol Annex, Third Floor, 1051 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802. Written Proposals must be received by State Parks at this address no later than 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday, October 22, 2021.
State Parks will continue its commitment to ensure all projects promote our mission statement, have community support, and support of local and state elected officials. State Parks also commits to not proceed with any projects that will be detrimental to the local community or any local business.
All inquiries concerning the RFI should be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy Scout Terrence Decuire has raised the money for his Eagle Scout project and installed the playground. He chose Palmetto Island State Park to be the recipient of a rope climbing playground for older kids. He accepted donations, sold concessions at park events and sold 20 oz insulated Swamp Gear cups to raise money for the project. They came in a variety of colors and were etched with Palmetto Island State Park on them.
The splash pad is open Tuesday thru Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays for maintenance.