Moncus Park Receives Prestigious Great Places Awards

Lafayette, LA, October 17, 2023 — Moncus Park is thrilled to announce that it recently received the Great Places Award, a highly regarded accolade presented by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA LA). This honor underscores the outstanding qualities that make Moncus Park a unique and exceptional destination within the state of Louisiana.

The Great Places Award initiative, inspired by APA’s renowned Great Places in America program, highlights locations that not only serve their local communities but also attract visitors. These locations serve as standards of excellence, capturing local character and enhancing overall quality of life.

The Great Places in Louisiana Award is an annual tribute to locations that embody the true spirit of their communities, reflecting their rich cultural and historical significance. Furthermore, these places actively engage their communities, fostering a strong sense of involvement, and exhibit a forward-thinking vision for the future.

“Receiving the Great Places Award is a true honor, and we want to express our sincere gratitude to Nicholas Hernandez from Lafayette Consolidated Government for nominating Moncus Park,” stated JP MacFadyen, executive director of Moncus Park. “Our commitment remains steadfast in continuously improving, operating, and enriching this wonderful greenspace, offering our community a place to connect, grow, and learn.”

About Moncus Park
Moncus Park cultivates connections to enrich lives and strengthen community through nature. Guided by this mission, the Park is committed to sustainability efforts and provides activities and events for the community. The nonprofit park conservancy is solely responsible for the operations and maintenance of 100-acres of greenspace in the heart of Acadiana, with its annual operating budget primarily derived from fundraising and self-generated activities. This unique nonprofit park conservancy model, the first of its kind in Acadiana, is a growing trend nationwide. To learn more about Moncus Park’s mission and contribute to its impactful journey, please visit


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