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BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is moving forward with their quest to save the lakes. Designers and engineers will present their ideas for public input tonight.

The foundation believes the lakes are key to the growth of Baton Rouge.

We've been trying for decades to recruit young bright people to our community," John Spain explains. "If we don't get this right, we lose one of the greatest attractions the city has for attracting young people here."

The six lakes currently span more than 40 acres. Many people who grew up here have an emotional attachment to the lakes. Their construction provided post-World War jobs and have been enjoyed for generations.

The lakes have even inspired events like the Louisiana Marathon which is centered aroudn the lakes and brings 9,000 to Baton Rouge. Consultants will present their solutions for wildlife preservation and lifestyle accommodations tonight.

The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in the LSU Business School Auditorium. It's the first of four public meetings scheduled for the next nine months, before the foundation announces the master plan during the summer of 2015.

The meeting is designed to be interactive. The audience will have clickers to vote for or against the ideas that are presented.

 

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