richyb83

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I looked at this property a month or more ago, its not going to be competition for Blue Bayou, or it shouldn't be. This place seems to be a water park for young kids. I don't think this will be run down by the immediate population as it is very close to Bocage/Towne Center and in the middle of a mixed population park.

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This is near the Louisiana State Police campus, right?

I am not a huge fan of public funded elaborate water parks...they are typically higher maintenance, require more personnel, and usually compete with private companies.

I'm okay with revenue generating ideas like this...but Blue Bayou does have a legit section for younger kids already. I would prefer tax dollars to go toward something that couldn't be handled in the private sector easily...like the levee top bike trail.

That being said, Independence park is in a fine neighborhood. Lots of people play sports there, and the largest library in the city is there. I am sure this will be fine, and probably won't be a burden on taxpayers. .

If there is any public service that Baton Rouge provides well....it's fire protection an recreation.

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I made the mistake of reading some of the comments to the article posted. I must have hit a wormhole somehow that sent me unwillingly back into the 1950's.

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^You're right, I won't say that some of the people didn't have a point (on being proactive on crime and maintenance), but there was definitely a better way to state their opinion on a public forum.

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This Saturday, October 29th at 10am is the Grand (Re)opening of Greenwood Community Park. The address is 13350 Hwy 19, Baker LA 70714.

http://theadvocate.com/news/1150449-123/park-reopens-saturday.html

The pictures here do it no justice at all. It really is an amazing renovation/expansion of the existing park with too many amenities to list. This park is guaranteed to get lots of press once it is opened. I encourage all of you to check it out, if not this Saturday, sometime in the near future!

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Here are some photos during construction showing the lakeside with the docks, a view from the multi-purpose room out over the lake, and a view of the pro-shop and cafe.

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Thanks for the pics pm_arch! :shades: Looks really nice...The BREC parks all across the city have taken it to another level!

It's cool to go to a Friday Night HS Football game at Olympia Stadium(Kenilworth/Perkins) and see the X'Treme Sports Park all lit-up at night with people everywhere!!

:offtopic: Only complaint in the top row of the stadium looking west; the Downtown Skyline is not that impressive....You can easily see the top lit-up of the State Capitol above the tree-line...BUT it is the only one you can see... BR's 2nd & 3rd(&4th) Tallest Hise-Rises One American Place & Chase Tower are not lit-up enough (or at all) to see.....but looking north across the Medical District the Shaw Building looks impressive with the LSU colors at the top!

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I agree, BREC has really stepped it up and I'm eager to see them continue building up our parks program. Maybe the next step would be starting to connect the different parts of the city via some sort of network of greenbelts, bicycle lanes, or something of this nature.

I know what you mean regarding the skyline. I've noticed this too on a few occasions. Although, a few weeks ago I was across the river in Port Allen on the levee looking back at Baton Rouge at sunset. That was pretty amazing seeing the city lit up by the last rays of the evening. I'll try to get that picture if I'm there again.

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Hopefully the Children's Knock Knock Museum at City Park will still happen??

Cool pm_arch...I always wanted to take a pic just south of Port Allen from the Port of Greater BR...But it's fenced off...it gives the skyline a denser look from that angle...

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Hopefully, was think something aimed at adults or simple nightlife. The overpass area being close would help.

The view from Port Allen doesn't make it look dense at all, complete opposite. The best views are from the Memorial stadium area and on top of the casino garage.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbordelonphotography/3688564981/in/set-72157622857748426

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbordelonphotography/4019582956/in/set-72157622857748426

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbordelonphotography/3287011180/in/set-72157622857748426

Examples ^

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Yeah looking due east from Port Allen you can see plenty of gaps in the skyline....

I like the view from Memorial Stadium; seeing the Gateway buildings (Iberville & Beinville); but like to also be able to see the Old State Capitol/Shaw Center which we cant...

This is a little further than parking garage from bridge; basically the same angle..good to see the density; but can not see the new II City Plaza or new Courthouse...

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This was my attempt (while driving) on Miss. River Bridge year 1/2 ago; getting new Courthouse(behind Governmental Bldg) & new II City Plaza; but still keeping dense feel

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This is my Favorite Angle from near Port of BR...Older pic where I added(pardon inept comp sketch skills) courthouse; taller II City Plaza that was supposed to be 16/17 stories(ok it looks taller than that lol); and RiverPlace(left)

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I've always wanted to get one from across I-110 but there's no way to get high enough unless I get on someones roof. Also a shot from the southern end would look pretty good, somewhere around South Blvd and Nicholson or Highland.

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BREC breaking ground on new gym

Gym-tastic: BREC and the Baton Rouge Basketball and Volleyball Association will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new gymnasium, the Team Automotive Group Sports Complex, Monday at noon at Perkins Road Community Park, 7122 Perkins Road. The Team Automotive Group Sportsplex will house the largest indoor basketball facility in the parish and the largest indoor volleyball facility in the state. It will include three tournament-play basketball courts, six youth basketball courts, 12 basketball half-courts and five competition volleyball courts. BREC is providing $1.5 million toward the $5 million project. Per the agreement, BREC programs will receive 30% of the gym's use time.

Businessreport.com

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^Sure...I like to shoot some ball!

With April-like weather in the dead of Winter/Middle January....these hiking trails seem like a good idea!

*Blackwater Conservation Area

*Bluebonnet Swamp

*Comite River Park

*Greenwood Community Park

*Highland Road Community Park

*Hooper Road Park

BREC’s nature trails offer scenic places to stroll

http://theadvocate.com/entertainment/fun/1760380-123/take-a-hike.html

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Went out to Greenwood Park in Baker last week. BREC did an awesome job renovating the park. We did the paddle boats and had a great time.

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Awesome! Really happy to hear that! I worked on that project and I'm amazed at how little press it has received. Maybe once the weather has warmed up more people will have a chance to visit. I highly encourage everyone to go out there, if you can. The park really does have something for everyone.

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Glad to hear yall had a great time Bryde! That's cool you worked on that project pm_arch :thumbsup: Will have to go check it out!

Ha ha just a little huh Antrell? :lol: Better late than never...

I also want to check out the new Frenchtown Road Conservation area where some future trails were mentioned; that's nearly 500-acres at the confluence of the Amite & Comite Rivers...

http://nafha.org/sou...nservation-area

http://www.bayounatu...ton%20Rouge.htm

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BREC, Knock Knock Children’s Museum seek public input

As fundraising efforts continue, BREC and Knock Knock Children’s Museum are holding an open house Tuesday to get public input as they bring the vision for the estimated $14 million project into clearer focus. “We’re going through design development now, which means we’re taking the master plan and the grand vision, and we’re starting to boil it down to what we can do in this first phase,” says Ted Jack, BREC assistant superintendent of planning, operations and resources. “In the master plan there were a lot of options, and what we’re looking for now is a sense of which exhibits and features people feel most strongly about.” Roughly $5 million for the children’s museum has been raised to date, says Kelli Harton, chair of the museum’s board of directors. Jack says $3 million of that is coming from BREC, a partner in the project. Another $365,000 is earmarked for the museum in the state budget, he adds, and additional state funds are also being sought. The museum will be located in the City-Brooks Community Park, on the hill nearest Interstate 10 westbound. The 30,000-square-foot facility will feature 12 to 15 exhibits, with an aim of delivering “extraordinary learning experiences through child-directed play.” Jack says a second open house will be held in the next four to six weeks. Tuesday’s meeting takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at BREC’s administrative offices, 6201 Florida Blvd. For more info on the project, visit its website here.

Businessreport.com

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