Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (CPPJ) announced today that most Parish parks are officially back open for residents to enjoy. Now that the threat of flash flooding from Tropical Storm Nicholas is behind us. For a complete list of CPPJ-managed parks, visit calcasieuparish.gov/parks.

Unfortunately, there are a few parks that will remain closed for repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Laura. The following SWLA parks and amenities, including boat launches, fishing piers and restrooms:

* Alligator Park
* Calcasieu Point
* Intracoastal Park
* Mallard Junction Park

For more details or questions, residents can contact CPPJ Facility Management at (337) 721-3540.

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