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 community engagement.
For 100 years, this space belonged to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was used for agricultural education purposes. In 2005, while under threat of commercial development, a community-wide campaign to “Save the Horse Farm” allowed this property to be purchased from the university to turn it into a world-class park. In 2018, the “Horse Farm” now named Moncus Park, signed a 100-year lease with the city of Lafayette as a promise to develop, maintain, and operate this incredible piece of land.
Today, Moncus Park is not just a park — it’s a regional asset, tourist attraction, and economic generator with an impact on the economic, environmental, cultural, physical, and mental health of Acadiana and its residents — all made possible through community support.
From cultivating native landscapes and disposing of trash to planning and hosting community programs, we’re tasked with handling every detail of the Park’s care — and none of it is possible without you. Your donations, membership, and stewardship allow this quintessential greenspace to thrive.
COMMUNITY & BELONGING
Moncus Park’s unwavering commitment to community connection serves as the foundation of its mission, creating a vibrant and inclusive space where people from all walks of life can come together to forge meaningful bonds and lasting memories.
Through a diverse array of activities and initiatives, Moncus Park continually nurtures a sense of unity, weaving the threads of community tighter within its lush green landscape.
ENVIRONMENT & NATURE
Moncus Park is dedicated to protecting and nurturing the natural beauty and historical richness of this 100-acre greenspace.
With sustainable features and beautiful native foliage that creates habitats and nourishment for native wildlife, this park is good for the environment and good for you!
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Moncus Park’s dedication to well-being extends far beyond our 100-acre greenspace. We’re passionately devoted to crafting a sanctuary where families can immerse themselves in nature, nurturing both their physical and mental health.
The park offers an array of transformative experiences and activities, reinvigorating spirits, forging deeper bonds with the natural world, and igniting a renaissance in quality of life in the heart of Acadiana.
Green Design (Sustainability Award) – United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Louisiana Chapter, 2022
Outstanding Park/Facility Design Award – Louisiana Recreation and Park Association (LRPA), Architect: Design Workshop, 2022
A Merit Award (General Design: Built Work) for Moncus Park Play Area – Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (LCASLA), Architect: Duplantis Design Group, 2022
Great Places Award – Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA LA), 2023