New park, mural to be unveiled in Melrose East

New park, mural to be unveiled in Melrose East

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BREC's Saia Park on N. Donmoor Avenue is hosting a summer arts celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The event will begin July 19 at 5:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new playground area at the park. In addition to the new play space, a new mural celebrating international arts and culture will be unveiled. The day will conclude with the park's summer camp talent show.

This summer, Saia Park hosted a neighborhood arts program funded by BREC and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

"The purpose of the program is to consistently introduce residents with numerous ethnic backgrounds to the vast world of the arts, teaching them the creative processes while developing family bonds," said Diane Drake, assistant director of recreation.

The mural, which is set to be unveiled at the event, is a two-year endeavor between the Arts Council of Greater Baron Rouge and The Red Stick Project. The mural's theme aims to celebrate the international arts and culture of the community as well as instilling a sense of ownership and pride in the youth who helped create the mural.

The new playground project reshaped the playground to include a grass area, new subsurface drainage, picnic tables, benches, and of course, new playground equipment.

For more information on the Saia Park ribbon cutting and mural unveiling, contact BREC volunteers and special events manager, Monica Dugas, at

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