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Palmetto Island State Park Extends Availability, Park to Remain Open Through the End of June - 01/10/2011 -

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 5, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Sharon Broussard
225-342-5473
sbroussard@crt.la.gov

Palmetto Island State Park Extends Availability, Park to remain open through the end of June

BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced today that funding has been secured to keep Palmetto Island State Park in Vermilion Parish open through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Fundraising efforts by the Community Foundation of Acadiana has generated enough financial support to keep the park open past January 31. Reservations for dates beginning February 1 can be made effective Monday, January 10.

"We are pleased to be able to keep this new recreational facility open and available to the people of Louisiana and to our visitors," said Lt. Governor Dardenne, whose office oversees the Office of State Parks. "The great work of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, along with the support and donations by communities, businesses and individuals around the state, are certainly appreciated. Each donation received represents the importance of our state park system. I'd like to extend my thanks to each contributor, for allowing us to keep this beautiful park open."

The park opened October 28, with a fundraising cook-off and concert the following Saturday. All cabins and campsites in the park were completely booked for the opening weekend, and nearly 300 reservations were made within the first 24 hours of the park's availability through ReserveAmerica.com

Following the opening and in wake of the park's success, the Office of State Parks, in collaboration with Louisiana's Office of the Lt. Governor and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, established the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and is soliciting private donations to keep the park operational.

"We certainly appreciate the contributions from Palmetto Island State Park's many supporters," said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. "The last few months have been encouraging, as we have seen growing support for our parks and historic sites…from these donations for Palmetto Island to community partnerships allowing us to re-open Plaquemine Lock and Fort Jesup State Historic Sites."

Palmetto Island State Park is host to 6 cabins and 96 RV camping sites for overnight visitors. The park also features a visitor center, conference room and picnic pavilions for guests to enjoy. Daytime and overnight guests have access to all of these amenities along with a boat launch into the Vermilion River, fishing piers, a state of the art water playground and a .75 mile nature trail.

Reservations for overnight accommodations can be made through the Call Center at 1-877-226-7652 or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com, for stays beginning the night of October 28.

Palmetto Island State Park is located off LA Hwy. 82 in Vermilion Parish, approximately 7 miles south of Abbeville. The 1,299-acre site offers a mixture of swamps and the plentiful foliage for which the site is named. For more information about Palmetto Island State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com, call 877-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally. More information on the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and the Community Foundation of Acadiana can be found at http://www.cfacadiana.org/.

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