Last Modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:01 AM
Laser tag is coming to DeRidder parks and a local non-profit in June.
The DeRidder City Council approved funding on Monday for BeauCARE Inc., a locally-based non-profit organization, for the purchase of 18 infrared taggers and associated batteries, headsets, chargers and related equipment.
Mayor Ron Roberts said the funding given to BeauCARE will actually be less than the city’s normal annual donation, as the city normally donates funds toward the organization’s community pool which will be closed due to repairs until next year.
“The amount of money that we’re going to provide them is less money than we would give them to operate the swimming pool,” said Roberts. “This money will enable them to buy equipment which essentially lasts for about 10 years. So this provides an additional revenue stream for them in addition to revenue stream from the swimming pool.”
West Park, Veterans’ Park, Bryant Park and the BeauCARE main facility in DeRidder will share the equipment with it being on loan to each location for one weekend per month.
Annette Duplechin, executive director for BeauCARE Inc., said the activity will give the area another much-needed recreational outlet.
“It could be a very successful thing not only for BeauCARE Inc., but also for our community,” she said at the meeting.
Duplechin touted laser tag as the “up-and-coming revolution for exercise” and said it would fill the recreational gap temporarily left empty this summer by the pool closure.
The activity will be available to children over the age of five at a cost of $2 per half hour for each person and $5 per hour. Duplechin said she anticipates it being available to the public in June and the organization plans on holding special tournaments and having an adult league.