Gallery: Community learns about University Lakes Project at ‘Our Lakes Fest!’

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Area residents visit the Lakes project tent during the Our Lakes Fest in front of BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery at City-Brooks Park Sunday, August 8, 2021.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hundreds of residents gathered at the University Lakes Project’s “Our Lakes Fest!” on Sunday, Aug. 8. The event got the community involved in future restoration plans for the campus lakes.

The event took place at BREC’s Milford Wampold Memorial Park and the Baton Rouge Gallery.

Community members had an opportunity to review preliminary designs and give their input on plans at interactive stations. The festival also had activities featuring local artists, water activity enthusiasts, birders and more.

Input from the public about the University Lakes project can be submitted in a survey until Aug. 31. Click here to view the survey. Input on potential lake edge configurated can be made in another survey. Click here to view that survey.

Four key goals of the project include:

  • Goal 1: Deepen the lakes to provide a more sustainable aquatic system.
  • Goal 2: Provide increased flood protection for upstream and downstream communities.
  • Goal 3: Enhance environmental performance to create improved natural habitat.
  • Goal 4: Improve and diversify recreational uses while improving safety for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

For more information about the project, visit universitylakesproject.org.

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