Four recreation centers in Lafayette that appeared to be on the chopping block will no longer be shut down.

That's according to Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory, whose announcement on Thursday is a reversal of his announcement in July that called for the closures of J. Carlton James Activity Center, George Bowles Activity Center, Heymann Park Recreation Center, and Domingue Recreation Center, as well as the other 6 recreation centers within the Parks and Recreation department in Lafayette.

The proposed closures in July was met with criticism, especially from people living in the Northside of Lafayette, where the centers are located.

So, how did the funds become available to fund the four parks that were on the chopping block? Guillory explains in a press release sent to KPEL News:

The proposed executive budget for fiscal year 2021 calls for the Parks and Recreation Department to fund operations with the income received from the current dedicated property tax and revenues generated during the fiscal year. The proposed funds are sufficient to operate all facilities and services.

Recreation Center hours of operation are 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday through Friday; for Saturday operating hours contact each center directly. The J. Carlton James Activity Center is open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday and the George Bowles Activity Center is open by reservation; call (337) 291-8360 for rental information.

For questions about Parks and Recreation services and operating times, please call (337) 291-8374.

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