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Old Jefferson Terrace school to become public park, with goal of limiting local flooding

Sixty-four years after it was built, and two years after it was shuttered, Jefferson Terrace Elementary has been torn down and will soon become a public park, creating a new place for rain to drain away from nearby homes and reduce flooding in the area.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has agreed to finalize a deal that would allow BREC to take over the 6.5-acre property, on which the elementary school has long sat. The parish recreation agency plans to connect the property up with the existing 11.1-acre Jefferson Terrace Park, expanding the park all the way to Floynell Drive.

The 6-5 acres will still officially be the property of the school system.


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This Blackwater conservation area seems pretty cool; after once being a big gravel pit!

Easy, breezy, Blackwater: BREC's conservation area provides tranquility away from the bustle


Not much of a hiker, you say? Baton Rouge and surrounding areas are fit for beginner and experienced hikers (or walkers).

What was once a dirt and gravel mine, the Blackwater Conservation Area in Central is now a BREC site with two large fishing lakes, nature trails and a pavilion with restrooms. 

According to the info panel in the pavilion, "in 1968, the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and BREC partnered to restore the 57.5 acres of affected land under the authority of Section 206 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act." 



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