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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

BREC to Break Ground on City Park Dog Park

Join BREC on Dec. 12, 2019 for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming renovations for the Raising Canes Dog Park at City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Dr. Baton Rouge, La. 70806. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a warm welcome from Superintendent Corey Wilson, Raising Canes Founder Todd Graves, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, BREC’s Commissioners and other special guests. Food, dog activities and treats will be available for pups and patrons alike.

The original and upcoming City-Brooks Community Park renovations were made possible thanks to a generous contribution from Raising Canes. During the major renovation of City-Brooks Community Park in 2007, the original City-Brooks Park Dog Park was completed. The original dog park, along with the other park improvements was designed by the landscape architectural firm Carol R. Johnson Associates and was constructed by Lincoln Builders.

The dog park at City-Brooks is one of the most beloved and popular dog parks in BREC’s system. Over the years its popularity and heavy use has taken a toll on the condition of the dog park and it became necessary for renovations. In 2019, BREC engaged the landscape architectural firm of Suzanne Turner Associates, STA, to begin developing designs for its renovations.

The re-design builds upon the success of the original park’s design. Renovations will incorporate contemporary dog park design concepts such as: large dog and small dog areas, concrete dog washes, additional entry points, available private events space and a dog memorial. New amenities include shade pavilions, water fountains for guest and pets, composite decks, bench seating, trash receptables and a larger entry plaza.

Upcoming renovations will address maintenance issues, high use bare eroded areas will have new resilient decomposed granite surfacing and damaged fencing will be replaced with new heavier duty black vinyl chain link. Tree protection will be provided for at-risk trees. Irrigation mainline will be installed for supplemental watering. Additional lawn drains will also be provided. Renovations will incorporate contemporary dog park design concepts such as: large dog and small dog areas, concrete dog washes, additional entry points, available private events space and a dog memorial. New amenities include shade pavilions, water fountains for guest and pets, composite decks, bench seating, trash receptables and a larger entry plaza.

BREC’s public canine parks allow hundreds of dogs to get ample off-leash exercise and social activity with other animals. By helping to create better behaved pets and a more pet-friendly city we are increasing our initiatives to provide places where pet owners can take their beloved pets out for exercise and socialization. Together with our partner Raising Canes, BREC will create one of the best dog parks in Baton Rouge history!

Neighbors and dog lovers are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony and enjoy one last weekend in the park before construction begins on Monday, Dec 16.

For more information, contact BREC’s Special Events Manager Jasmine Moore at 225-272-9200 ext. 1143 or Jasmine.Moore@brec.org

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