ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Moncus Park is a supporter-funded nonprofit dedicated to developing and maintaining these 100-acres of greenspace, showcasing the cultures and talents of Acadiana, uniting communities through celebration, and creating traditions together. 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 tourist attraction and economic generator with an impact on the fiscal, social, economic, environmental, cultural, physical, and mental health of Acadiana and its residents. In fact, support from individuals like you is the primary funding source of our work. That means you have a direct impact on Moncus Park’s upkeep and the community we serve when you support and visit the Park. 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 would be possible without your support. Your donations, membership, volunteer efforts, parking revenue, and stewardship allow this quintessential greenspace to thrive. 

OUR WORK

EVENTS AND
TOURISM

Our revitalization of Lafayette’s beloved Horse Farm is intended to make Lafayette a more attractive destination to support tourism as well as regional, state, and even national events. 

As a focal feature of Lafayette, we hope to bring in revenue from local interaction and guests from all over the nation. 

PHYSICAL AND
MENTAL WELLBEING

The health and happiness of park guests is an important objective for Moncus Park staff, and we hope to create a space that allows park guests to improve their physical and mental well-being

We believe it is intrinsically valuable to park guests to have a space dedicated to renewal and igniting a quality-of-life renaissance in Acadiana. 

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

Moncus Park is powered by people and will offer a variety of programs intended to expand the community’s engagement with the park that they helped create

Daily, weekly, and monthly activities are designed to enrich and inspire the lives of local athletes, pet owners, music lovers, and more. Moncus Park programming  focuses on health and wellness, arts and culture, and environmental education.  

PROTECTING OUR
ENVIROMENT

Moncus Park is committed to maintaining and preserving the natural resources and history of the Acadiana region, like our Oak Trees that are over 100 years old. 

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! 

PARK SUPPORTERS

Elizabeth "EB" Brooks

Message From the Founder

In the coming years, Moncus Park will fill the hearts of our residents and visitors with inspiration and joy. It will soon be held on the same level as Central Park in New York City, Audubon Park in New Orleans, and Memorial Park in Houston.

We are embarking on one of the largest projects in Lafayette’s history, and we’re grateful that you are a part of it. Moncus Park will bring many opportunities for unique experiences into one location in the heart of Acadiana. Already, the park is a favorite gathering spot for many different users for many different reasons. Children climb the low-hanging branches of the live oak trees. Dog owners religiously bring their furry friends every day after work. Shoppers and chefs frequent the weekly Farmers Market. High-schoolers and college students hang hammocks as a healthier, more social alternative to playing video games or watching television. Neighbors and friends walk, run, or bike loops around the perimeter. And in the most romantic of settings, couples propose and get married here.

We want Moncus Park to continue to serve our community in these ways and many more. While trends come and go, park landscapes only grow to be more beautiful with age, as trees reach higher to fill the sky, and garden blooms grow to be more spectacular. Whether seeking out a place for rest and relaxation, a place to attend dynamic and exciting community event, or a place to make new memories with your families, parks are central to our lives.

The Lafayette Central Park office overlooks the property, with a bird’s-eye view of the many ways people are enjoying the park throughout the day, and across the seasons. I welcome you to schedule a visit one day soon to see the spectacular view and what’s in store for the future.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth “EB” Brooks
Founder

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