Southeastern addressing parking, enhancing Western Avenue entrance area
Contact: Rene Abadie3/20/12 HAMMOND
– The topsoil excavated from Southeastern Louisiana University's Strawberry Stadium
in a turf replacement project funded by the Lion Athletic Association won't be headed
for a landfill or other dumpsite.
Instead the dirt is being piled along the university's Gen. Pershing Avenue and
will be recycled to enhance the drainage and appearance of the area, while also providing
additional student parking space.
The enhancement project represents a collaboration between the university and
the Student Government Association, explained Facilities Planning Director Ken Howe.
The area is low and tends to hold water following a heavy rain, Howe said. The
dirt will be used to build landscaping berms to assist in managing the drainage. New
trees and landscaping will further upgrade the entrance, one of the main portals into
Monies from an SGA capital outlay grant will concurrently fund an upgrading of
Tinsley Gardens, the camellia-laden area located behind the R. Norval Garrett College
of Business Building and the President's Residence on Gen. Pershing Avenue. The Tinsley
Gardens project will redefine the camellia gardens and will include development of
gathering areas with benches and tables. The area will be equipped with wi-fi capability
for wireless Internet access.
Discussions of an additional grant to include entrance enhancement are underway.
Related projects include sidewalk restoration in the area and construction of a new
student parking lot to add approximately 60 vehicles.
Most of the project will be performed by the university's Physical Plant staff,
Howe added. Concrete work for sidewalks and the parking area will be contracted. The
project is expected to be completed this summer.