The North Boulevard Promenade section of the Downtown Greenway has opened following a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that took place yesterday at 5:00PM on North Boulevard with Mayor Holden, Councilwoman Wicker, Carolyn McKnight, Mike Olson, Mike Petty, Blaine Grimes, Mark Martin, and DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer presiding over the ceremony.
This phase of the project was constructed by Rotolo Consultants Inc. and has transformed the meandering brick path into an urban transportation corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project features a 10' wide bicycle path and complementary separate pedestrian path or garden walk which ceremony attendees toured with Mr. Rhorer leading the way. Thousands of plants were installed and highlight the beautiful oaks along the boulevard. Water fountains, benches, and bike racks are provided, as well as exercise equipment and signage. The project features green painted bike lanes and crossings, which is a first for the State of Louisiana; having been approved by DOTD.
The North Boulevard Promenade section of the Downtown Greenway is part of a 2.75 mile interconnected network of bike/pedestrian pathways connecting Baton Rouge's public parks and recreational facilities, inner city communities, and cultural attractions through the use of greenways, or linear parks.
The Downtown Development District is the lead agency responsible for administering the Downtown Greenway project, in partnership with the East Baton Rouge City-Parish, BREC, and the Capitol Area Finance Authority. More information including a map and images are in the links below.