History of Zachary Youth Park
Approximately thirty-three acres, located near the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Old Scenic Highway, Zachary Youth Park was purchased under the administration of Mayor John Womack in 1995. John Womack wanted to ensure there would always be a safe place for all kids to play regardless of their skill level. The entrance road is proudly named Mike Morris Parkway after Mike Morris, who served as the Zachary Public Works Inspector until his death in 2002. Mike dedicated himself to the kids in the community and also to this City. Mike Morris left a legacy at the park, serving on the first Zachary Youth Park Board, and for his countless hours mentoring and coaching at the park. Each year, a Mike Morris Memorial Golf Tournament is held in remembrance of him. Over the years, this tournament has raised over $90,000 for scholarships and different community charities.
The entrance to the home field of the Zachary Broncos was named after our former Police Chief, John Herty. The Herty Field archway was dedicated in 2012 to Chief Herty. Chief Herty, who passed away on March 12, 2011, served the Zachary community for over 40 years, as a Law Enforcement Officer, and then Police Chief from 2006 until his death. Chief Herty was active in the Zachary community schools and committed to the youth in Zachary. He served as a member of the “Chain Gang” for Zachary High School football, scorekeeper for Zachary High School basketball and announcer for ZHS baseball. He was one of the countless people involved in the developing of this park since its inception, dedicating hours of volunteer time to create what is now Zachary’s personal baseball/softball mecca. The custom-made steel commemorative tribute archway was constructed and donated by Fabex, a local fabricating company.