BREC leaders seek public input for redesign of Airline Highway Park Fair Grounds

Updated: Nov. 10, 2020 at 5:47 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - In a plan that would create an outdoor attraction in the southeastern portion of East Baton Rouge parish, BREC wants to add playgrounds, nature trails, and other amenities to the park at Airline Highway.

The proposal would upgrade the fairgrounds from a neighborhood park to a community park with more amenities, like the Highland Road Park and Forest Community Park.

“We really want to transform it into a major destination,” BREC assistant superintendent for planning and engineering Reed Richard said. “We want a new recreation center, adventure playgrounds, better circulation, better access and a more intuitive park to arrive at.”

The city aims to finish its re-design by the end of the year, but they want the public’s help putting the finishing touches on the plan. Members of the public can voice their ideas Tuesday night (Nov. 10) at the Highland Park Gym between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The plan will also change the park’s layout to make the ground more absorbent, potentially lowering floodwaters in surrounding neighborhoods.

“We can design a park to be multi-functional, to be a great recreation destination, to provide great green infrastructure," Richard said. “It has great native, natural habitat and forested areas.”

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