One of Bossier Parish's largest subdivisions has plans to kick-start a long-awaited project this week. Home Owners Association (HOA) Leaders of the Dogwood Subdivision in the Red Chute area of Bossier Parish will be giving their one-mile nature trail a facelift by re-paving it.
Currently, neighbors say the trail is full of holes and cracks. According to HOA President John Burton, the trail was developed in the late 1970's and its condition has declined in the decades since. "Mother nature and erosion have slowly worked over time to create several problems that necessitated a costly repair project," said Burton.
The HOA will use $70,000.00 worth of dues from their more than 1-thousand residents to pay for the project.
According to Burton, the Richard Lightfoot Construction Company has been hired to shore up several erosion control points, remove tree rooting problems, and repave the trail with a 1.5 inch asphalt overlay.
Neighbors are excited about the planned improvements. "I walk my dog on it once or twice a week when the weather is nice, I was very excited about it because it's long overdue, it's my understanding it's been 40 years since it's needed to be done," said Dogwood South resident Bob Tomlin.
"The Dogwood HOA hopes this project will continue to provide enjoyment to our neighborhood community for many generations to come, as it has done in the past," said Burton.
"The residents are all excited about it, all of them are saying, long overdue, good we need it," said Tomlin.
The trail leads to a 22 acre lake that is exclusive to residents.
Burton says the project should take about 2-3 weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.