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                Imagine Your Parks2
Implementing BREC’s Capital Construction Plan
In 2004, BREC launched the Imagine Your Parks (IYP) strategic/master plan to transform what had become an aging, neighborhood- based system of parks and special use facilities into one that now boasts twelve community parks, six dog parks, Liberty Lagoon Water Park, skate parks, fishing ponds, new conservation areas, improved playgrounds, splash pads, a growing trails system and two mobile playground units. The plan also included renovations to more than 150 neighborhood parks and special use facilities across the state’s largest parish (county), including the Baton Rouge Art Gallery, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Cohn Arboretum, Independence Park Theatre, Farr Park Equestrian Center, golf courses, Highland Road Observatory and Magnolia Mound Historic House.
In 2014, BREC updated its strategic/master plan and, since then, included transformative projects not yet requested by the public, nor envisioned in 2014. In the first Imagine Your Parks plan, more than 120 large scale projects were completed, including the creation of the twelve large community parks. From 2015-2020, 193 projects were completed as part of the Imagine Your Parks2 strategic/master plan for 2015-2025. BREC is nearing the completion of the second Imagine Your Parks plan, and the start of a lengthy planning process for the third iteration in 2024.
2021 marked the 7th year of the Imagine Your Parks2 strategic plan and BREC’s Planning and Engineering team had 88 capital improvement and system-wide planning projects either under construction, out to bid, in the planning/design phase, or completed as of December 2021.
                        Projects in Master Plan or Design (Through End of Year)
• Airline Highway Park - Community Park Master Plan, approved by Commission in March, 2021
• Airline Highway Park - Phase 1 Design Development & Construction Documents
• Airline Highway Park - Safe House
• Anna T. Jordan Community Park - Playground Renovation
• Baton Rouge Zoo - Bobcat Exhibit
• Blackwater Conservation Area - Interpretive Signage
• Bluebonnet Swamp - Interpretive Signage
• BREC Greenways - CMAQ Ph 1
• BREC Greenways - Greenwood Park Trail Phase II
• BREC Greenways - Ward Creek extension behind OLOL/Burden
• Expressway Park - Master Plan and Phase 1 Improvements DOTD Project 107
• Farr Park - Site Drainage Phase 2
• Greenwood Community Park - Greenwood/Zoo Ph. 1 Design & Construction Drawings
• Greenwood Community Park - LWI Cypress Bayou Green Infrastructure
• Howell Community Park - Garden Pavilion
• J.S. Clark Memorial Golf Course - Maintenance Yard
• Lovett Road Park - New soccer fields & lighting
• Memorial Stadium - Safe Room, Design Starting in 2022
• Milford Wampold Memorial Park - New Modular Restrooms
• Milton Womack Park - Space Planning and Construction
• Milton Womack Park - Electrical System Upgrade
• Plank Road Corridor - Eco-Park Master Plan
• Palomino Park - Master Plan and Phase 1 Improvements
• Scotlandville Parkway - Develop Master Plan and Phase 1 Improvements

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