Berthelot to chair Parks and Rec Exploratory Committee
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel announced today that Ben Berthelot will chair a new Parks and Recreation Exploratory Committee. The committee will be charged with examining other city parks and recreation departments across the country before making recommendations as to how
Lafayette could possibly reorganize its department. Durel announced during his
State of the Parish Address last month that he would like to explore the
possibility of removing the Parks and Recreation Department from total
government control and have it run more like the Lafayette Economic Development
Authority or the library system. Durel also mentioned Baton Rouge’s parks and
recreations organization, BREC, which is run by its own commission with its own
dedicated tax revenues, as a model to explore.
Berthelot will begin organizing the committee over the next
two weeks and hopes to begin holding meetings in April. In a press release this
morning, Berthelot says, “I’m looking forward to working with other members of
our community to research best practices around the country, including BREC,
which is just down the interstate from us, but is certainly an example of the
type of model we want to explore. I have an excellent grasp of what President
Durel wants this committee to accomplish, and as he says often ‘we’re not
trying to reinvent the wheel.’ Rather, let’s do our homework, see what else is
out there, and see if one of those models, or maybe a combination of those
models, would be a good fit for Lafayette or not.”
Berthelot, who has served as Durel’s assistant for the
last four years, previously worked as Youth Market Manager at Coca-Cola. He
also serves on several local boards and commissions, including United Way of
Acadiana, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Faith House and the Junior League.
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