Riders who enjoy the Mississippi River levee bicycle path have a new trail to visit at BREC’s Farr Park.

Wednesday is the grand opening of the Alice and Warren Farr Park Trailhead, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission news release.

The trailhead is an eighth of a mile long and flows into the 4-mile levee-top trail that extends from the park to downtown Baton Rouge, the release says.

The trailhead, or the beginning of the trail, features a shelter area, restrooms, an air station with pumps for bicycle tires and water fountains, said Andrea Guevara, a BREC publicity manager.

Farr Park also includes a recreational vehicle campground and a horse activity center, according to the release.

The trailhead is part of BREC’s Capital Area Pathways Project, an initiative to build a network of trails throughout the parish.

Gulf Engineers and Consultants Inc. and BREC’s Planning and Engineering Department developed the trailhead master plan. Beard Construction Group LLC worked as the general contractor, according to the release.

The trailhead, which was constructed in April and May, cost approximately $275,000, Guevara said. The money, Guevara said, came from a U.S. Department of Transportation enhancement grant administered by the state Department of Transportation and Development. The grant was awarded to BREC in 2004, Guevara said.

Another ongoing part of the Capital Area Pathways Project is the Wards Creek multiuse pathway, said Ted Jack, BREC’s assistant superintendent.

The Wards Creek project is a $2 million, 2-1/4-mile path for cyclists, walkers and joggers from Siegen Lane to Bluebonnet Boulevard along Wards Creek.

Jack said BREC officials are hoping construction on the Wards Creek project will begin by the end of the year.

The Farr Park trailhead grand opening is set for 9 a.m. at 6402 River Road.

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