CARENCRO, La. (AP) — The former Louisiana  Ice Arena in Carencro has been purchased by the city and will become a new indoor recreation center.

The Advocate reports the 17,000-square-foot ice rink will be converted to a turf field lined for soccer, lacrosse and football. An area once home to a Zamboni and the arena's massive ice-refrigeration system will be refitted for batting and pitching practice.

There are also plans for a 11,500-square-foot addition will offer a wooden court for basketball and volleyball and possibly rooms for aerobics.

Situated along the southbound frontage road of Interstate 49, the 3.1-acre property was vacant almost a year before the city bought it for $1.8 million in December.

The city originally planned to build a 19,000-square-foot recreation center from the ground up near Pelican Park.


Information from: The Advocate,


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