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BREC park in Old South Baton Rouge getting renovations

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Posted: Jun 15, 2014 4:56 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jun 15, 2014 4:56 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: BREC, downtown, Old South Baton Rouge, park, Expressway Park

BATON ROUGE - Construction is underway at the BREC Expressway Park located under Interstate 10 at the 110 split.

Soon kids will have even more options to stay active. BREC is aiming for construction to finish in the fall. Kids in the area say they're looking forward to the improvements.

"It's exciting because I like kids, and I want them to have an experience that I never had with the program around here... and just knowing that they'll have fun here at the playground," said Deja Langford.

"I think it's going to be really cool, because we never had that before. I think it will be a great experience for all the other kids," said Chrislynn White.

Improvements include 700 feet of new pedestrian and cyclist trails along with bike racks. The trails will connect Myrtle Avenue to South Boulevard at East Boulevard. The park will feature greenway improvements as well.

"It'll help make the community look better bringing something for the kids so that they could be kids and have somewhere to go," said Nikki Green. "They'll have a place they won't have to ride all over somewhere else. We can actually go somewhere in the neighborhood."

Plans for the park also include an improved basketball court and a relocated football field with player and spectator seating.

"You know we always talk about exercise and just trying to find something for our kids to do besides video games and electronics. I think that will really help bring back the community coming together again," said Green.

BREC will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in the fall when the park renovations are completed.

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