Community, companies give park a makeover


Ascension Parish government employees, sheriff’s deputies and local companies teamed up with Methanex employees to refurbish and spruce up Jackie Robinson Memorial Park in Geismar on May 24.

Spearheaded by Methanex as a team-building beautification project, teams were formed to work on designated areas of the park, a news release from parish President Kenny Matassa’s office said. Teams included the paint team, dugout team, playground team, basketball court team and the volleyball court team.

“The work that Methanex and these companies have done is phenomenal,” Matassa said. “The donated materials and labor bring Jackie Robinson Park back to its original condition. They have shown by hard work that they are committed to the community.”

Companies who participated include Scotts Miracle-Gro, Drago Supply Co., Sherwin Williams, Cajun Industries, Drums and Containers, Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, Sorrento Lumber, Ace Enterprises Inc., Turf Scape, Jam Up Catering, Jason’s Deli and TNT Express, a news release said.

Teams started at 7 a.m. on the work day, said Meg Mahoney, public affairs manager with Methanex.

“We just wanted to be a good corporate neighbor,” Mahoney said. “This park has meant a lot to the community when it was first installed but has gotten a little worse for the wear, so we’re out here to try and put some good sweat equity into it. We’ve gotten a lot of materials donated by companies around the area, and we’re very appreciative for them. So it’s a great work day for us out here to give back to the community.”

Mahoney said workers installed rubber mulch under the playground structures, fertilized fields, pressure-washed and painted, rebuilt the dugout at the ballfield, picked up trash and limbs, and painted games on the sport court, including four-square, hopscotch, jump measuring and volleyball.

She said workers refurbished the basketball court backboards by taking them down, sand blasting them and repainting them before reinstallation. She said they also striped the basketball courts and put up new nets.

Parish crews installed concrete floors and new fixtures in the bathrooms. They also removed downed trees and limbs from the property.