Construction begins on Repentance Park
Less than two months after the $7.2 million North Boulevard Town Square was opened downtown, construction is under way on a companion project, Repentance Park, with completion expected in late summer, says the Downtown Development District. Part of the Riverfront Master Plan, the $3.5 million project is being paid for with state sales tax rebates, the DDD says. It is designed to increase foot traffic through downtown and improve connectivity between the Governmental Building area, the Baton Rouge River Center, the North Boulevard Town Square, and the museums, shops and restaurants near the Shaw Center for the Arts and along River Road and Third Street. The project features ADA compliant accesses at North Boulevard Town Square, the Old State Capitol Grounds and the Shaw Center, by way of a pedestrian promenade along St. Phillip Street. One of the project's features is a gradually sloped lawn down to River Road, which will create an amphitheater type space for concerts and other events. A lit pathway descending along the southern edge of the site will have benches oriented toward the Old State Capitol grounds. A portion of the existing wall at City Hall Plaza will also be removed, encouraging foot traffic west into a grove of shade trees that pushes out onto the highest terrace of Repentance Park. The design team includes Reed Hildebrand Associates, Reich Associates, Trahan Architects, Suzanne Turner Associates, ABMB Engineers, Craul Land Scientists and LAM Partners. Arrighi Construction is the contractor. A number of renderings are included in a 17-page design presentation of the project, which you can check out here.
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