Two of four meetings to gather public input on the future of Baton Rouge lakes have been set for November and December with two additional meetings yet to be announced.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is hosting a meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the LSU E.J. Ourso Business School Auditorium to talk in general about the lakes and to hold a brainstorming session. A second meeting to talk about more specific ideas to “build your own park” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the LSU Union Cotillion Ballroom.
A third meeting to talk about overall design and a fourth to present the master plan will be held next year, according to the foundation.
The foundation announced plans in March to start work on a master plan on how to address long-standing problems with the six lakes owned by LSU and the city-parish.
“We now need the people of our parish to share their ideas at the public meetings,” said John Spain, the foundation’s executive vice president. “The more support we have, the easier it will be to implement what is being drawn up by the people and the planners.”
Created out of a former swamp in the 1930s, the lakes have been filling up with sediment from surrounding properties. That has resulted in water quality problems, including low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water as well as runoff from the interstate and the larger watershed.
The shallowness of the lakes — City Park, University, Campus, College, Crest and Erie — has also limited fishing, boating and, if cleaned up enough, even swimming.