The final version of the Baton Rouge lakes master plan will be unveiled at an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the LSU Lod Cook Alumni Center.

A short presentation at 6 p.m. will be followed by an open house to allow people to see where features will be located.

The plans will show the location of parks, walking trails and other amenities that have been discussed since the Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced last year its intentions to develop a master plan.

Two issues face the six lakes that make up the system. The first is environmental because the lakes continue to get shallower as they fill up by sediment carried into the system by stormwater runoff. The first part of any plan would be to dredge the shallow lakes to make them healthier and to provide material to help build features of the new lake system.

The second issue involves finding better ways for walkers, runners and bikers and vehicle traffic to safely coexist when traveling around the lakes. Currently, everyone has to share the narrow roads that surround the lakes. Planners also looked at possible new amenities such as additional wetlands to help filter storm water, boating docks, boardwalks and the expansion of existing parks.

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