Take a hike this Christmas with family, friends

By Madison Plaisance

The Lincoln Parish Park is one of Ruston’s greatest attractions for both local residents and visitors, even during the winter months. With its walking trails, bike trails, playground, beach and forest scenery, there is something for everyone to do. 

Despite all of these activities, the rate of park attendees drops tremendously once it becomes cold. 

“During the summer we can not really sit down and sometimes we even have two people because it is so insane but during the winter I can watch four lectures in a row and not be interrupted,” park gatehouse keeper Rosemary Pilgreen said.

The revenue the park earns helps conserve the park and create new visitor areas for visitors. One example of this is the new archery range. If the park continues to lose money during the winter, then conservation of the park may become harder to maintain.

This does not only affect the park itself, but local residents as well. 

“I try to visit the park at least ten times a year,” said park visitor John Sylvest. “I enjoy the wide variety of activities such as camping and fishing.”

Park employees are aware of this dilemma and has put its best efforts to try to regain that attraction. They hold special events for the holidays and colder season that appeal to the city of Ruston.

“During the first weekend of December every year we will put up Christmas lights at Light up the Pines and we generate a good amount of money to cover the losses,” Pilgreen said.

Even with the December event passed, there are still a lot of other great things to do such as camping, campfires, bathouses, grills, recreational areas and many more. 

Contact the park today to make camping reservations at 318-251-5156 or visit the gatehouse at 211 Parish Park Road.


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