BREC Cuts Ribbon on Frenchtown Road Conservation Area in Central
BREC Offers Visitors Use of Free App to Explore New Conservation Site
Today, BREC held a grand opening celebration for the new Frenchtown Road Conservation Area, located at 17819 Frenchtown Rd. in Central.
Members of the community joined BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, Central Mayor Shelton "Mac" Watts, and BREC Assistant Superintendent Ted Jack as they cut the ribbon on the 496-acre site, which is the largest conservation area currently operated by BREC.
"Today’s ribbon cutting marks another significant event for BREC and our park patrons," said McKnight. "Through this beautiful site, we want to provide the citizens of Central and East Baton Rouge parish with the opportunity to unwind and get back to nature. Whether it’s while walking through the trails, spending time on the Amite River Beach, or just by observing the diverse spread of flora and fauna, we know our patrons will enjoy this remarkable experience."
Mayor Watts expressed a sense of enthusiasm about the conservation area and the benefits it will offer local citizens.
"This park and conservation area is an excellent fit for this area, being between the two rivers and will provide our citizens with walking trails that reflect the nature and beauty for years to come," said Watts.
The Frenchtown Road Conservation Area offers visitors an up close view of nature with bottomland hardwood forest and more than three miles of trails which wind around the north and central parts of the park providing access to the Amite River’s Beach, several Amite River overlooks and to countless Cypress-Tupelo sloughs. More trails and amenities are in store to be developed for the park in the future.
To enhance the Frenchtown Road Conservation Area experience even further, BREC is also releasing a new avenue for parish residents to learn about the ecology of the park through the use of the app, My Tour Guide. Through the app, BREC will offer tours and self-guided hikes that visitors can access via their smart phone. The tours will include educational audio segments about the park’s natural history along with photos, videos, and identification guides. The app will also allow visitors to track their location in the park through a GPS function.
"We’re pleased to be able to offer the use of the smartphone app for our visitors," said McKnight. "The app will simply improve the overall experience for many as they are able to learn more about what the park has to offer, and be able to remain safe and knowledgeable about their location and surroundings while hiking through the park."
Immediately following the grand opening, visitors joined BREC’s Conservation staff for a short, guided hike to see Frenchtown up-close and personal. The public is also invited to join BREC staff members during the first Frenchtown Woods Walk on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, where they will be guided around the newly developed trails and introduced to the park’s plants and animals. The event will end with a brown-bag picnic on the beach (participants must bring their own lunch). All citizens are invited attend, families with children ages 6 and up are welcome.