St. Bernard Parish gets new skate park, first wheelchair-accessible playground

Both kids and adults might consider this renovated playground the cool new place to be in St. Bernard Parish.

St. Bernard Parish unveiled the latest renovations at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette. The new upgrades include a new skate park, fitness zone and playground area — including the parish’s first wheelchair accessible playground.

The grand opening revealed several new playgrounds, a fitness zone workout area and a concrete skate park. St. Bernard Parish leaders held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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The park’s upgrades features several structures, including three new age-appropriate, ADA certified Little Tikes playground structures. They also installed the parish’s first wheelchair accessible playground. Children in wheelchairs will now be able to play without having to get out of their wheelchairs.  There is also a new swing area.

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Hahn Enterprises, which served as the General Contractor for the project, added the upgrades to the park as part of a revitalization and beautification project funded by the St. Bernard Parish Government.

“We were honored to partner with St. Bernard Parish to make these upgrades to Torres Park,” Tania Hahn, president of Hahn Enterprises, said. “Every playground Hahn builds is truly a labor of love because we know how much families are going to enjoy it, and we are so glad that St. Bernard neighbors now have this beautiful and safe place to play.”

Parents and children alike will appreciate the new state-of-the-art, shock-absorbing rubber surfacing underneath the play spots. New shade structures and an ornamental steel fence surrounding the play areas add to the upgrades.

Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy Torres Park’s new Fitness Zone. The workout area has 12 stations, including a rowing machine, ab crunch station and pull-up/push-up bars. The Fitness Zone also has its own shade structure and rubber surfacing.

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Another exciting new addition is the Gridline Concrete Skate Park. It measures 150-feet by 50-feet and has an 8-foot-deep bowl with multiple ledges. This is a first of it’s kind skate park in St. Bernard Parish due to its size and the fact that the concrete was poured in place.

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“This project at Torres Park, as well as the one Hahn recently completed at Violet Park, will play an important role in the revitalization of the adjacent neighborhoods and provide additional recreational outlets for our youth for years to come,” St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis said.

Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park is located at 8301 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.