Nicholls partners with Friends of Bayou Lafourche to improve bayouside

Left to right: Monique Crochet, acting director of advancement; Dr. Bruce Murphy, Nicholls president; John Lafargue, president of Friends of Bayou Lafourche; Ryan Perque, executive director of Friends of Bayou Lafourche

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University and a local nonprofit will partner to enhance more than seven acres of the university’s bayouside property.

Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy signed a cooperative endeavor with the Friends of Bayou Lafourche to allow the group to develop a plan for the future of the property, which runs along La. 1 from the Audubon Street bridge to Nanny Price Road.

“Part of our mission is to be the cultural heart of this region and Bayou Lafourche is front and center in that culture,” said Dr. Murphy. “The Friends of Bayou Lafourche have some great ideas on how to enhance the image of the bayou, which serves as the front porch of this university.”

Friends of Bayou Lafourche will conduct key stakeholder meetings that will include the Nicholls community, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. From there, the nonprofit will develop a master plan and establish programming along the bayou with help from a $25,000 grant from Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. Possible projects include boat launches, outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater and “other venues that promote Bayou Lafourche.”

“Because Nicholls represents a regional effort enhancing education and culture, they were the perfect partner for this project,” said John Lafargue, president of Friends of Bayou Lafourche. “This will be real, significant improvement for the bayou side. We expect, through community input, to implement a cutting-edge design that gives the community significant access to Bayou Lafourche.”


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