Lake Charles Celebrates Park Revitalization with The Hunter Administration’s Partners in Parks Fund

By Liora Hawthorne
Published October 25, 2023

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Lake Charles, Louisiana – Mayor Nic Hunter, along with representatives from Northrop Grumman and other City officials, gathered on Saturday, October 21 to inaugurate the newly improved Mary Belle Williams Park at 1600 Knapp St. The park now boasts a state-of-the-art pavilion and revitalized park benches. Furthermore, Hurricane Laura and Delta repairs have been successfully concluded, resulting in new fencing and a fresh sign for the park. Thanks to a generous $25,000 donation from Northrop Grumman through the Hunter Administration’s Partners in Parks Fund at the Community Foundation, the pavilion was made possible.

Lake Charles’ ReTreeLC Initiative, supported by Northrop Grumman through the Partners in Parks program also saw a successful tree and native grass planting event in early 2022, thanks to the hard work of enthusiastic volunteers.

Lake Charles residents can also look forward to an exciting addition at Mary Belle Williams Park in the near future. Plans are underway to create a brand new playground with aviation-themed play equipment. However, the realization of this project relies on the approval of LC REBOUND, a tax neutral ballot proposition scheduled for voting on November 18.

“When we launched Partners in Parks in 2018, our goal was to make infrastructure improvements and enhancements at our parks Citywide, as well as re-invigorate programming. Northrop Grumman is one of our early partners in the initiative and has been committed to enhancing Mary Belle Williams Park,” said Mayor Nic Hunter. “We are appreciative of their ongoing, steadfast partnership and look forward to many more exciting projects.”

“Lake Charles is not just where we work. It’s where our families gather, play and explore,” said Scott Pfeiffer, Northrop Grumman Vice President, Platform Sustainment and Mission Readiness. “Supporting this community is important to Northrop Grumman and we are proud to continue our STEM as well as environmental partnership with Mayor Hunter, Partners in Parks and #ReTreeLC.”