WASHINGTON —The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown.
Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected and announced Wednesday for the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals program.
While specific details were not yet readily available, the EPA will provide design assistance from private sector experts to help Baton Rouge and the other capital cities demonstrate sustainable designs intended to create vibrant neighborhoods and strengthen local economies.
The proposed “Downtown Greenway” is a 2.75-mile pedestrian and biking corridor that will feature increased lighting, landscaping, public art and more, according to a letter to the EPA from former Baton Rouge Chief Administrative Officer John Carpenter.
The other selected cities are Indianapolis, Des Moines,
Helena, Mont., and Frankfort, Ky.
The EPA will not at this time release specific funding information because the agency uses small business contracts procured through a competitive process that has not yet occurred.