Reimagined Zoo & Greenwood

Transforming Greenwood Community Park into the Gateway for Your New Baton Rouge Zoo

Greenwood Community Park is the largest park in the BREC system, comprised of 660-acres. Almost half of this beautiful park includes pristine representative south Louisiana upland and lowland forested habitat that is a critical link in a larger ecological context that connects the Comite and Mississippi Rivers and is a critical part of a migratory bird corridor – the Mississippi Flyway. These natural areas stitch together fragmented habitats which improves the viability of animal and plant species, reducing threats to the biodiversity of the area.

Currently, the park is not seen as one facility but four separate destinations – Greenwood Community Park, the Baton Rouge Zoo, Dumas Memorial Golf Course and J.S. Clark Park. BREC’s vision is to change this perception by creating a park that entices visitors into the heart of the park and reveals grand gateway into a new, modernized Zoo. This ambitious project will be designed and planned to make an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life, health and wellness and be a catalytic agent in the economic transformation of the surrounding area and entire parish.



Download the Master Plan Report

Want to view the entire Greenwood Community Park & Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan? The document is available for download at the link below.
NOTE BEFORE DOWNLOADING: The full master plan document is a VERY large file (361MB) with 358 total pages.

Greenwood Park & Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan Report



Project Overview

A team of BREC project managers worked with two nationally renowned and award-winning firms specializing in zoo and municipal park planning and design. These design consultants led the master planning process which included extensive public outreach and stakeholder engagement creating a common public vision for the Park and Zoo.

Master Planning Process

Master planning process timeline

Public Feedback

Before each team began any design alternatives, they first introduced the public to the master plan process and listened all thoughts, ideas, and concerns about the future Greenwood Park and the Baton Rouge Zoo. The community engagement followed a detailed outreach strategy with a series of meetings throughout the Parish, tables and/or workshops at BREC and other agency public events, online surveys, and social media.

First we listened Many contributing voices

Guiding Principles

As the pulic feedback was compiled and analyzed four guiding principles emerged.

Greenwood Guiding Principles

Master Plan

Greenwood Park and Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan

Phase 1

The Park Implementation The zoo's first phaseAdventure Play Bayou Promenade

Take the tour

See the future of the different sections of this project below. Click on the section images to expand.

Take the Tour
1 - J.S. Clark Corner
JS Clark Corner Plan JS Clark Corner Plan JS Clark Corner Plan
2 - Bayou Side
Bayou Side Plan Bayou Side Plan Bayou Side Plan
3 - Sports Meadow
Sports Meadow Plan Sports Meadow Plan Sports Meadow Plan
4 - Heart of the Park
Heart of the Park Plan Heart of the Park Plan Heart of the Park Plan
5 - Baton Rouge Zoo
Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan Baton Rouge Zoo Plan

A complete visionary master plan report will be published. This document will include an illustrative master plan and other imagery that captures the spirit of the proposed features, a phasing plan with priorities and associated cost estimates, and funding strategies that will chart the Zoo and Greenwood Community Park’s future development.

See the Master Plan presentations below. Click the links to download.

Greenwood Park & Baton Rouge Zoo - Master Plan Presentation – Slide Show

Greenwood Community Park Master Plan Presentation – Image Boards

Baton Rouge Zoo - Master Plan Presentation – Image Boards

More Information

Click the topics below to expand and learn more

Why Zoos Matter

Vision for the Zoo

Vision for Greenwood Community Park

The future of Dumas Memorial Golf Course

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