BREC to get input on Expressway Park

BREC will host a presentation and take one last round of public input on the plan for Expressway Park.

The meeting will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Expressway Park Recreation Center, 935 S. 11th St.

The changes are relatively modest to Expressway Park, which is on state Department of Transportation and Development land under the Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 split between downtown and Old South Baton Rouge. But they will be designed in concert with changes made there by the planned downtown greenway.

Angela Harms said BREC will spend about $70,000 on a path, some landscaping, lights and improvements to the recreation center.

Those will join the improvements that come from the federal grants that fund the greenway.

The greenway is a bicycle and pedestrian path that will ultimately connect City Park to Memorial Stadium through downtown.

Harms said the next step will be working with the state on the final plan, since it owns the space.

Lighting, for which the surrounding neighborhoods has expressed a strong desire, will have to be cleared by DOTD. Football practice at Expressway Park is often lit by the children’s parents using car headlights.

Harms said work could begin by the summer and the work will take about three months.

Harms said it is not clear yet how much BREC can do at the park with the non-functioning spray fountain, which has two porpoises on it. She said some basic cleaning is likely and it will remain as a sculpture, but that there is no money to fix and maintain the 1970s-era fountain.