BREC looks at selling parks to help raise revenues, reduce expenses

BREC looks at selling parks to help raise revenues, reduce expenses

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BREC is looking to sell nearly a dozen parks to help raise revenues and reduce expenses, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report.

"We've identified underutilized land we know can sell," BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight told the Business Report. "The idea is to use those revenues to purchase land people will use or to put it towards major maintenance."

The parks are among 16 obsolete parcels that have an estimated value of $658,300.

According to Business Report, the money made from selling all 16 parcels wouldn't make a big difference in the organization's annual budget, which is $68 million. Though BREC estimates $61,000 is spent every year to maintain all 16 pieces of land.

"We have a wonderful big park system," said McKnight says. "We just don't need to continue to maintain land people are not enjoying."

BREC had a obsolete land study done. Some of the following parks are up for sale:

  • Lafitte Hills Park (Estimated value of $300,000): A 2.26-acre two-lot parcel off Highland Road in the Lafitte Hills subdivision. It was acquired by BREC in 1991 through a donation.
  • Cortana Place Park (Estimated value of $120,000): A 12-acre tract on the east side of Cortana Mall. BREC has owned the land since 1976, but it was never developed.
  • Starwood Court (Estimated value of $20,000): the 8.5-acre park in the Gardere area. It has a playground and small pavilion.
  • Mary Ruth Park (Estimated value of $20,000): The half-acre site was stripped of all its playground equipment during the widening of Starring Road.
  • Droze Road Park (Estimated value of $10,000): The 2.75-acre area near Greenwell Springs has a playground and ball field, but was found to be "extremely under utilized" in the study.

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