Parks, Louisiana

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Parks, Louisiana
La Pointe de Repose
Village
Village of Parks
Village Of Parks
The Picture shows the water tower in Parks, LA that gives water to many homes and businesses on the outer parts of St. Martinville, Louisiana and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Nickname(s): Potier
Location of Parks in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Parks in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.
Parks, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Parks, Louisiana
Location of Parks in Louisiana
Coordinates: 30°12′N 91°49′W / 30.200°N 91.817°W / 30.200; -91.817
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish St.Martin
Founded 1765
Renamed 1908
Founded by Paul Melancon
Government
 • Mayor Kevin J. Kately
 • Chief Of Police Ronald J. Solarie
 • Alderman Myra Yvonne Narcisse
 • Alderman Eva Potier
 • Alderman Harold Robertson
Area[1]
 • Total 0.89 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Land 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 653
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 689
 • Density 817.32/sq mi (315.65/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-59165

Parks is a village in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 653 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The exact origin of the name "Parks" is somewhat of a mystery. Although some residents seem to think that it had something to do with the railroad, one story states the first train to pass through the community arrived on Easter Sunday. When the train engineer, who apparently did not speak or understand French, inquired about the name of the settlement, the residents replied "C'est Pacques" (it's Easter). The train engineer thought he understood the word Parks, and the name apparently stuck.

Parks, originally called Potier, lies in the area previously known as La Pointe District, which existed in 1765. It was also called La Pointe de Repose, supposedly because the cowhands in the early 19th century drove their cattle into the cul-de-sac formed by the sharp bend of the bayou on round up time.

Settlement began in the Parks village shortly after 1900. Around that time, Paul Melancon purchased a large tract of land in the vicinity of what is now Parks in order to establish a cotton farm. But, shortly after buying the property, he decided to divide a portion into town lots and the community took shape. In 1908, the village of 330 acres was incorporated. Since that time, Parks has remained approximately the same size.[3]

Geography[edit]

Parks is located at 30°12′56″N 91°49′46″W / 30.21556°N 91.82944°W / 30.21556; -91.82944 (30.215675, -91.829472).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

63.7% spoke English, 33.4% spoke French (including Cajun), and 2.9% spoke Louisiana Creole French.[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 533 people, 207 households, and 150 families residing in the village. The population density was 677.6 inhabitants per square mile (260.5/km²). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 305.1 per square mile (117.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 51.97% White, 47.47% African American, 0.38% Native American, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 466
1920 766 64.4%
1930 409 −46.6%
1940 460 12.5%
1950 460 0.0%
1960 413 −10.2%
1970 491 18.9%
1980 545 11.0%
1990 400 −26.6%
2000 533 33.3%
2010 653 22.5%
Est. 2016 689 [2] 5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

In the village, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,958, and the median income for a family was $36,042. Males had a median

income of $30,909 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,191. About 13.1% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools in St. Martin Parish are operated by the St. Martin Parish School Board. The village of Parks is zoned to Parks Primary School (Grades PK-4), Parks Middle School (Grades 5-8), and Breaux Bridge High School [1] or St. Martinville High School (Grades 9-12).

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ www.stmartinparish-la.org "History of Parks"
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&state_id=22&place_id=59165&cty_id=
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Meet Jeff". landryforlouisina.com. Retrieved October 8, 2010.