The town of Mandeville is abuzz with an array of activities and improvement projects, including an event that Mayor Clay Madden said was among the most poignant since taking office.
Several upcoming community events will offer Mandeville-area residents a chance to enjoy our region’s food and music, but Madden said the recent renaming of two streets near Old Mandeville was cause for celebration. .
“This street renaming celebration was a personal highlight. People came together and we prayed, ate, sang and honored two Mandeville heroes,” Madden said.
The April 16 event changed Avenue A to Corporal Samuel Sams Drive to honor the World War II veteran who served with the 99th Fighter Squadron known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Additionally, Avenue D was officially renamed Officer Beverly Watson Way to honor Watson, the Mandeville Police Department’s first black female police officer.
Watson, a 20-year-old police veteran, retired in 2007 but attended the ceremony and part of the second line procession from the street now bearing his name to the nearby Mandeville Community Center for a celebration with food and dancing, Madden said. Sams died in 2017, but his widow, Marion Sams, attended the event.
Mandeville Councilwoman Jill McGuire, who led the name change effort, along with Watson’s sister, Andrea Fulton, planned the ceremony and the party that followed.
“It was a proud day for me and everyone who was there,” Madden said.
He said that in addition to unveiling the new street names, he was also thrilled with the reopening of Sunset Point on April 15, a result of so many residents calling and emailing asking to be allowed access. to the park’s picnic area and scenic setting along Lake Pontchartrain.
However, he said the opening of Sunset Point came with a catch: “Stay away from the piers.
The piers are still months away from being repaired after damage from Hurricane Ida, but the city’s public works department has created a barrier to block access to the pier, allowing the area to be secure enough to open the park, Madden said. “It’s something we’ll keep an eye on,” he said.
Other completed projects include the completion of repairs to the lakeside gazebo and the Trailhead Splash Pad. “With the Gazebo, Sunset Point and the two water parks opening in the coming days, it will indeed be a beautiful and enjoyable spring in Mandeville, and I encourage all residents to get out and enjoy the beauty of our town well. -beloved,” Madden said in his April 18 Madden Minute newsletter.
Also in the newsletter, Madden announced that the fourth and final new Mandeville welcome sign will be installed this week at the Liberto Memorial’s future permanent site on US 190 at the entrance to the city limits. The flagpole and memorial panel will be installed in the coming weeks to officially complete the memorial, he said.
Several upcoming events will provide plenty of opportunities to get together with friends and neighbors and enjoy all that Mandeville has to offer, Madden said. “These events are why I live in Mandeville, why I am raising my children here. I know so many people are ready to participate in these events.
They include the Spring Concert Series at the Trailhead, concerts at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, the Old Mandeville Business Association’s Girod Stroll, and the Crawfish Cookin’ For a Cause at Lake Mandeville.
The Girod Street walk will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at www.oldmandevillebusiness.org
Crawfish Cookin’ For A Cause is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Red Light For Hope Project and Grant’s Gift Foundation. Tickets are available at www.crawfishcookinforacause.com
For a full schedule of City of Mandeville events, visit https://www.cityofmandeville.com/city-events/.