- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - A $1 million renovation of a 200-year-old park in the heart of Donaldsonville will make it the future home of regional festivals - like the Rural Roots of Jazz Fest.

The renovation of Crescent Park - created in 1806, the same year the city was founded by an Englishman, William Donaldson, on the west bank of the Mississippi - is just one of the new ways Donaldsonville plans to share its rich history and culture with the world.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/29jyvx9) city officials envision Rural Roots as opening each year on the Thursday before the famous, two-weekend New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

A cooperative effort of the Downtown Development District and the local Chamber of Commerce is bringing the city’s past alive.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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