June 14 Community Kickoff



On Monday, June 14th , the University Lakes Project conducted a pair of concurrent open house meetings to engage the community around the goals of the project and learn from the community’s visions and concerns. Over 135 persons attended the live event in City Park at the Baton Rouge Gallery, and an additional 75 persons connected via Zoom! The same project information was provided at both meetings, and both offered similar methods for participants to provide feedback to the designers.


Community Input

Community Input This open house was all about having a community-wide kick off for the phase of the University Lakes project. Both in-person and online, the attendees asked questions, expressed concerns, and generated ideas around three topics:

  1. Program + Culture: What you can do and experience at the lakes

  2. Access + Connectivity: How to get to the lakes safely and comfortably

  3. Water + Nature: The ecological health of the lakes




Give Your Input!

If you weren’t able to make it to the Open House, or if you thought of additional feedback you’d like to give, don’t worry you didn’t miss your chance!


Two ways you can contribute your ideas online through June 30th are:

  1. Location-based commenting using the “CoMap” platform: https://www.universitylakesproject.org/share-ideas

  2. Storyboard commenting platform: https://www.universitylakesproject.org/share-memories

*All surveys have been completed at this time.


Additionally, the project email address is info@universitylakesproject.org and several pop-up displays installed around the lakes will invite participation including one site on University Lake at Milford Wampold Memorial Park and a second at the May Street Park on City Park Lake.



Open House Materials

The items below were presented during the open house event.


Welcome Address

Greeting by Rob Stuart, Chairman and CEO of the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation.


Duration: ~ 2 minutes.


Project Overview and Due Diligence Presentation

Presentation by staff of Sasaki including Anna Cawrse, RLA and Elaine Limmer, AICP.


Duration: ~ 10 minutes.




Meeting Photos

Over 135 persons attended the event at BREC's Baton Rouge Gallery.


Meeting Exhibits

The exhibit boards below were presented during the open house.