A group of students from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Nicholls State spent the week volunteering at Hodges Gardens State Park in Florien. They are involved in the student organization Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at their campuses.
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In about a month, the Louisiana Office of State Parks will no longer operate one of its parks in North Louisiana.
The property of Hodges Gardens State Park, which was said to beÂ in danger of closing for months, will revert to theÂ A.J. and Nona Triggs Hodges Foundation effective Oct. 1, according to a notice posted on the park’s page through the Louisiana State ParksÂ website.
“The Office of State Parks is not aware of future plans for the property,” the notice continues. “Thank you to all the guests that have visited the park over the last 10 years.”
The three-lined note comes after the Friends of Hodges Gardens State Park group and the nearby town of Many rallied the community toÂ help “keep Hodges Gardens State Park from closing.”
The Friends group said the state had received aÂ “notice of default” from its partner in operating the park in Sabine Parish, anticipating that the park would not be funded adequately for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Louisiana Office of State Parks Public Information Officer Sharon Broussard said in April that operations of state parks “will depend on our budget,” which was to be settled during the then-upcoming legislativeÂ session.
As fullÂ funding was not appropriated by the Legislature for the current fiscal year, Broussard said, “a compromise agreement between the … foundation…