Gretna Crossing Park is officially open. City and State Officials and community members celebrated the opening of the 150-acre park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed to meet the needs of Gretna’s growing community, this space offers increased opportunities for health, wellness, recreation, and community engagement.
“People want to move to Gretna to enjoy great experiences and we need partners,” said Mayor Mike Evans. “It’s easy for us to want to grow, but we need partners to do that and MCL is a great partner.”
This park is a symbol of growth. The city celebrated its first park in 1919 only to outgrow the space and build something lager in 1967. Fifty-six years later, they needed something even bigger. This community center was the solution.
The new YMCA built by MCL Construction includes an indoor fitness area, cycling room, high-impact exercise room, full gymnasium, recreation rooms, daycare center with attached playground, meeting rooms, sauna, steam room, indoor children’s splash pad, and individual and traditional locker rooms. The space also features an indoor competition pool that acts as the home practice and competition pool for Gretna Public Schools.
Also built by MCL Construction is the brand new 100,000 square foot aquatics park that features multiple water slides, a lazy river with custom rock theme bridge, and a large zero-entry recreation pool with toddler slides, climbing wall, water-walk feature, and splash pad area. Community members can also enjoy concession stands.
“It is so rewarding for us to be able to deliver a project like this where it impacts the community and there really is something for everyone,” said MCL Construction Project Manager Nate Brehmer.
Also included on the site are nature trails, running and bike trails, a fishing pond, dog park, frisbee golf course, an outdoor amphitheater, softball, baseball, football, and soccer fields.
“MCL was the core of this partnership. They were hired to do a job and they didn’t just complete the work, they invested themselves in it personally and were passionate. They delivered something that everyone wasn’t sure we could do and without their help we couldn’t have done it,” said Mayor Evans.
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