Parks, Louisiana – A Village of Hope

Parks, Louisiana – A Village of Hope


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The origin of the name “Parks” is still in question. However, one particular story seems to be famous for the residents of the place. It states that first train arrived in the village and it was Easter Sunday. When the train engineer asked them about the name of the place, the settlers replied C’est Pacques which means “its Easter”. Since the engineer does not speak or understand French, he only understood Parks (Pacques) and that is where the village got its name according to the story.

The first name of the place was Potier since it sits on the previously place known as La Pointe District in 1765. It was famously known as La Pointe de Repose since farmers bring their cattle in the cul-de-sac which was a sharp bend in the bayou.

People arrive in the community after 1900. Paul Melancon bought lands in the area which is now considered a Park in order to build a cotton farm, after he bought the property, he decided to give portion of land to the residents and the community gradually formed. This 330-acrce of land is still the same size as of today.

Even as a village, this town holds a population of 533 according to the USA census in 2000 and most of them are White and African American, there also races of Native American, Latino and Hispanic. However, almost 15 percent of the population of the village is above the poverty line which has been one of the serious issues of the village.

St. Martin Parish School Board built public schools in this small place. Even with a 300-area, still this village become one of the well-known villages in the state of Louisiana. It might not hold a precious attraction for tourism, but the people still enjoy the urban life.

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