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GREENWAY: The proposed Greenway would feature a landscaped and lighted multi-use path.
The Downtown Development District and EBR City/Parish has been awarded a $1 million grant through the DOTD Transportation Enhancement Program. These funds will play a major role in the development of the future Downtown Greenway. Together with CRT Recreational Trails grants from 2010 and 2012, the project now has approximately $1.2 million for design and construction, with additional grant applications currently under review. The DDD will soon use a portion of these funds to select a team of landscape architects and engineers to develop an overall detailed master plan for the greenway. Once a master plan is completed, the DDD will begin to bid out the greenway in phases as funds are made available.
Creating a Downtown Greenway will require meeting significant challenges, but with public, local, state and federal acceptance, the Downtown Greenway will prove to be a great return on investment.Now is the time to invest in and implement new transportation infrastructure in Downtown Baton Rouge that will provide more viable choices to walk and bike, while stretching our transportation dollars. The Downtown Development District’s (DDD) Downtown Greenway project will seek to implement a new greenway “active transportation” system that will do both.
As Baton Rouge continues to grow, it is essential that we make it a priority to build an active
transportation system that connects where we live, learn, work, shop and play. This must include a
functional green network of sidewalks and bike paths.
Downtown Baton Rouge has an opportunity to create a greenway connection that would form the
backbone for an immediate and long-term stimulus to our economy. This will include:
A. Re-connecting with surrounding disjointed neighborhoods, which will allow for alternative
transportation options as recommended in Plan Baton Rouge Phase II;
B. Connection to Spanish Town, Beauregard Town and 7 BREC parks, including the proposed
Convention & 7th Street park, Goldsby Field, Memorial Stadium, Expressway Park, Brooks
Park and City Park;
C. Encourage new investment and redevelopment of the area;
D. Promote a healthier lifestyle.