Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Atakapa-Ishak Trail set for Saturday, Febuary 25th
This ribbon cutting and dedication of Phase 1 of the Atakapa-Ishak Trail will be held at Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 25th. The AI Trail is a multi-phased, shared-use recreational trail, the first phase of which runs from Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette to Beaver Park. The trail links the downtown area to the Vermilion River via shared roadway, a half-mile Bike Lane along General Mouton Ave., and a shared sidewalk along University Avenue that accommodates both bicycles and pedestrians.
The Trail is named for the Atakapa-Ishak Native American Tribe who inhabited Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana coastal regions and prairies. Within Acadiana, the tribe settled the prairies and along bayous and riverbanks from Opelousas to St. Martinville and south to the coast.
The opening of Phase 1 of the AI Trail is the culmination of years of collaborative planning between Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization, T.R.A.I.L., Community Foundation of Acadiana, and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana. The AI Trail will expand the transportation network throughout the Lafayette Metropolitan region and will also provide recreational opportunities for the people of Acadiana. Future phases of the Atakapa-Ishak Trail will ultimately connect Lafayette to the nearby communities of Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville.
Phase 2 of the Trail has recently been awarded funding through a 2013 FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana grant (the same program which funded Phase 1 of the Trail). Phase 2 will extend the AI Trail from Beaver Park to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center on Fisher Road by way of a newly constructed underpass at the US Hwy 90 Bridge at the Vermilion River.
For more information contact Jennifer Severson, Planner, Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization, 337-291-8186.