BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BREC officials said the 10-year Imagine Your Parks draft plans, which will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday, will have a heavy emphasis on health and wellness throughout the park system.
"People want to be outside and our focus will be to continue to bring those types of facilities and programs to this community," BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said. "They want to have more environmental learning, yet outside places like our conservation areas, like Frenchtown Road and the Black Water Conservation."
The plan, called "Better Parks, Better Living," is a culmination of ideas and plans gathered from community input over the last year. The plan will outline the vision, mission and future of the park system through 2024.
"We're moving into the next 10 years, looking at what we're doing and what the community told us from the community input process. We're combining all the information, going through the analyses and information to make sure we're clear about the direction we're going," McKnight added.
According to McKnight, since the last plan was submitted in 2004, the system has had great success at its more than 180 parks and facilities, including adding trails, facilities, connecting parks and enhancing the educational value of the park system.
"We have a number of things we're really proud of. We built trails inside parks and connecting trails, so we have done some major improvements to our system and we're planning to continue to maintain them and do more," McKnight explained.
BREC officials are asking the public to attend a meeting at the Independence Park Theatre to learn about the plan in detail. It starts at 6 p.m.
There will be more opportunities to review and comment on the plan in the coming weeks before the final plan is submitted to the parks commission in November.