The Downtown Development District will host a three-day series of public meetings next week to gather input on the pedestrian and bicycle corridor that will ultimately connect City Park to Memorial Stadium through downtown.
Residents will be able to provide input in three workshops for the planned three-mile greenway:
- The southern Expressway Park portion will be discussed 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Expressway Park Recreation Center at 935 11th St.
- The portion along East Boulevard and under Interstate 110 from Government Street to North Boulevard will be discussed 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 6, at the Design Resource Center at 247 Florida Blvd.
- Two sections — Seventh Street at Convention Street near the new BREC park and Capitol Park — will be discussed 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Design Resource Center.
Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said residents, particularly those from downtown, Old South Baton Rouge, Midcity, Spanish Town and Beauregard Town, are encouraged to attend. The series kicks off with a project overview 9-10:30 a.m. that Tuesday at the Design Resource Center and a one-hour discussion about alternative transportation. The series closes Thursday, March 7, with a discussion on implementation and management from 11 a.m.-noon at the Design Resource Center and a final presentation 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Old State Capitol on North Boulevard.
The DDD already has $3 million in federal funding for the greenway, though the final budget could be between $4 million and $12 million, depending on the scope and the number of amenities ultimately chosen. The $12 million version, for example, includes a pedestrian overpass over Government Street, Rhorer said.
More information is available at downtownbatonrouge.org.