BREC Greenways

Greenways and Blueways History

BREC Greenway Master Plans

BREC's Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP) was an initiative to identify routes and build a network of connecting trails and greenways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The BREC Commission approved the Proposed Parish Trails Master Plan on October 22, 2015. The routes indicated were derived through public input at workshops held by BREC to identify the most desirable trail corridors that provide access to BREC parks and other points of interest in the community. BREC, in the interest of public safety, has located pathways off of roadways within public rights of way such as utility, stream, and drainage corridors. The CAPP Plan illustrated proposed trails, identified existing segments as well as those implemented in cooperation with other local organizations (including the proposed EBRP Loop and Levee Trail and on-street pathways), and locates BREC parks. In 2018, BREC and several Baton Rouge organizations/stakeholders began a joint master planning process, incorporating the CAPP plan, identifying needed on-street connections, and recommending additional greenway components. The resulting plan was approved and adopted in 2020 by the BREC Commission and EBR City-Parish.

BREC Blueway Master Plan

The Blueways trail effort also began as part of the Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP), and initiative intended to identify routes and build a network of connecting trails and greenways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. Blueways provides public access to local waterways through the construction of canoe-kayak launches designed to accommodate non-motorized paddle craft. The first parish waterway access was completed in 2017 at Highland Road Park on Bayou Fountain. Additional waterway accesses are planned at Airline Highway Park on Ward Creek and Manchac Park on Bayou Manchac.

Timeline

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  • Pre-2004
  • 2004-2010
  • 2011-2015
  • 2016-2020
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