There will be a little fun coming back for the families as soon as we can clear things up with all of this rain that we are expecting this week. Mallard Junction Park 599 August Street in Lake Charles will reopen to the public tomorrow, September 29.

It's hard to believe that the park has been closed since August 2020 due to damage caused by Hurricane Laura and Delta. Let's bring on the picnics and the family outings and the nice walks.

The hours will be 8 a.m.- 11 p.m daily for you to come through. If you would like more information on all things Mallard Junction or other parks in the parish, visit



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