HOUMA — Organizers of a local Neighborhood Watch anti-crime group thought that promoting a block party at a public park in Gray would be a great way to spread enthusiasm about keeping their streets safe.
But they soon learned that purchasing a $375 liability-insurance policy required by the parish was more than their group could afford.
Sonny Baye, president of the Gray-Area Neighborhood Watch Association, originally approached the Recreation District 1 board in May with the group’s plans. He hoped that renting the park for a one-day event planned for July would only cost the association a $50 rental fee.
What he soon learned surprised him.
According to parish policy, to rent any parish-owned facility, including recreation-district parks and gymnasiums, groups or individuals must purchase liability insurance for their event and name Terrebonne Parish government as an insured party.
Liability insurance protects the renter and the parish if someone at the event or using the facility is injured.
“This is something we’ve had in place for more than a …Read more