Park Improvements

Independence Community Park

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The new BREC “Play for All” Playground at Independence Community Park will be a universally accessible playground for people of all ages and abilities. By offering visual, tactile, and cognitive exploratory experiences, the playground will meet a range of developmental, mobility, and social needs for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. The “Play for All” Playground will be the first playground designed through the principles of universal design. This means that the playground is designed to be useable by all people universally accessible playground in Baton Rouge.

We invite you to review our current progress by clicking on the links and updates below. As we progress through the stages of planning and design, we will be asking community members to participate in surveys and public engagement meetings. Please check back here for updates soon. We hope you will offer feedback and follow the progression of this unique playground!

Child in wheelchair interacting with interpretive music panel.
Children with mobility challenges play on adaptive merry-go-round.
Children with and without disabilities play on glider.
Child interacting with color game panel
Children playing on spinner.
Child with mobility device standing on elevated deck
Children playing on group swing
Children standing on elevated bridge

New Features in Current Project Improvements:

  • New Universally Accessible Playground

Project Updates and Timeline

  • June 2021 - Discovery Phase - Launch of public engagement process
  • June-August 2021 - Master Plan Concept Development Phase
  • August 2021 - Final Master Plan delivery and project phasing study for construction
  • November 2021 - Toposurvey is completed and Consultant presented Master Plan to committee & commission
  • February 2022 - Project in design stage and taking the Master Plan to a more detailed level of design. Will be asking for feedback from the community in Spring 2022.
  • June 2022 - Project in design development and pursuing additional funding options.
  • November 2022 - BREC has submitted grant applications to help with funding speciality playground equipment. A well received update meeting has occured with the Independence Universal Playground Advisory Committee recently. Construction documents to begin soon.


Estimated Construction Start for Phase I of the Master Plan: 2nd Quarter 2022

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