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Baker Recreation Hub Presented by: Inhwa Park Ramneek Bajwa Wenjie Zhang Ziding Liu

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture


LOCATION

BREC GOLF COURSE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

BATON ROUGE ZOO

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

BATON ROUGE AIRPORT


BATON ROUGE ZOO

BATON ROUGE ZOO Opened in 1970 Area : 140 Acres and is located on the largest property operated by the BREC Operating budget of $5.5 million, half earned and the other half support from BREC. Cannot be successful in the future with its current model

GREENWOOD COMMUNITY PARK J.S.CLARK PARK GOLF COURSE


A Philadelphia based consulting firm, Schultz and Williams, was hired to examine ways the facility could be improved. They interviewed 28 people including community stakeholders, public officials, business leaders and philanthropist leaders.

50% Possible to raise funds and create a new vision for the zoo 50% Zoo should consider changing its location


Seeking to boost attendance at BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo and the impact the Zoo has on

$100 million upgrade

the region, park system officials are mulling over a that could include moving it to a different location.


Keep the zoo

Move the zoo

at the same location

to a different location

VS


CONTEXT

BAKER CANAL

ANAL

C BAKER

- Distroyed - Poor Condition - Drainage Problems


CONTEXT

CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES

CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES

- Polluting the environment - Harming the quality of life


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CONTEXT

Thomas Rd

LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY


CONTEXT

NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICS

70% African American 26% White 3%

Hispanic

1%

Others


EXISTING STATISTICS

DETERIORATING CONDITION OF THE BAKER CANAL AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE

UNDERUSED BATON ROUGE ZOO

AFRICAN AMERICAN DOMINATED NEIGHBOURHOOD


EXISTING STATISTICS ●

DETERIORATING CONDITION OF THE BAKER CANAL AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE

UNDERUSED BATON ROUGE ZOO

AFRICAN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD COLLAPSE OF INFRASTRUCTURE POSSIBLE DIVESTMENT?

AFRICAN AMERICAN DOMINATED NEIGHBOURHOOD


EXISTING STATISTICS

DETERIORATING CONDITION OF THE BAKER CANAL AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE

UNDERUSED BATON ROUGE ZOO

AFRICAN AMERICAN DOMINATED NEIGHBOURHOOD

Considering the existing condition of the Baton Rouge Zoo and contemplating the social aspects of the area, it can be understood that:

The Zoo is not sufficient to thrive by itself and cannot be successful with its current model


EXISTING STATISTICS

DETERIORATING CONDITION OF THE BAKER CANAL AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE

UNDERUSED BATON ROUGE ZOO

AFRICAN AMERICAN DOMINATED NEIGHBOURHOOD

Considering the existing condition of the Baton Rouge Zoo and contemplating the social aspects of the area, it can be understood that:

Moving the Zoo to another desirable location would not help in solving :

The Zoo is not sufficient to thrive by itself and cannot be successful with its current model

Issues of Divestment and social aspects of the economically depressed surroundings


Keep the zoo

Move the zoo

at the same location

to a different location

VS


OR Build a new DISTRICT around the Zoo Enhance the context Encourage investment Attract visitors?

Investment to rebuild the Zoo (Option A) Investment to enhance the context (Option B) Returns from Option A Returns from Option B


IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES 1.

PROXIMITY TO AIRPORT

2.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

3.

TRANSPORTATION

4.

NEED FOR NEW AMENITIES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD

5.

NEED FOR BETTER CONNECTIONS

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IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES 1.

PROXIMITY TO AIRPORT

2.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

3.

TRANSPORTATION

4.

NEED FOR NEW AMENITIES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD

5.

NEED FOR BETTER CONNECTIONS

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EXISTING TRANSPORTATION

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PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION

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PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION

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OUR APPROACH

2

PROBLEM

THE UNDER USED BATON ROUGE ZOO

ARGUMENT HOW TO MAKE A CATALYST FOR THE ZOO?

SOLUTION

PROBLEM

DISCONNECTED NETWORK

ARGUMENT HOW TO MAKE BETTER CONNECTIONS FOR INSTITUTIONAL FACILITIES?

SOLUTION

Introducing Commercial and Recreational facilities in the neighboring sites and Recreational activities in the Zoo it self, can act as a catalyst for the Zoo.

On a larger scale, the educational facilities, including the neighboring schools and Southern University can be drawn into the site through strategic networking and connections.


OUR APPROACH

CULTURAL ASPECT

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PROBLEM LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS

PROBLEM SOCIAL DIVIDE

ARGUMENT HOW TO GENERATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES?

ARGUMENT HOW TO BRIDGE THE SOCIAL DIVIDE AND CREATE A MORE DESIRABLE LOCATION?

SOLUTION

SOLUTION

Introduction of Commercial and Retail would provide job opportunities for people in the low income neighborhoods around.

This new development would also provide a platform for Bridging the Social Divide which would eventually help in making the Zoo and the context a more desirable location for Baker, Southern University as well as Baton Rouge.


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THE VISION = CREATING A NEW DISTRICT

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CONCEPT DIAGRAM

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THINKING IN PHASES

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STRATEGIC MASTERPLAN


2

1

Phase 1 3

(3 years:2017-2019): Transportation Hub and Commerce.

Phase 3

(5 years:2024-2028): Mixed-use Community and Profit Island Park.

Phase 2

(4 years:2020-2023): Natural Zoo, Drainage System and Kayaking.

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Phase 4

(4 years:2029-2032): Proposed Park and Profit Island Park.


PHASE 1

GOALS Retaining existing zoo + Golf Course Transportation hub connecting existing bus routes, roads, bikeways, Airport connection Parking facility for short term/long term stay Hub catering to Airport shuttle and residents around Provision for bike rental BRH Pedestrian Boulevard comprising of Public amenities, Food facilities and ticket counters to visit: - Golf course - Zoo + Kayak - Commercial zone Commercial zone Catering to neighborhoods + city Generation of jobs Catalyst for Zoo and all proposed facilities in recreation hub

KEY PLACES Transportation Hub Commerce BRH Pedestrian Boulevard

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PHASE 1

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ILLUSTRATIVE SECTIONS 1

2 1 2 Key Map

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ZOO Vision Intervention by adding public amenities to widen the audience and enhance visitors’ interaction with animals. The objective is to educate the community, especially on conservation. Bring the zoo back to the forefront of Baton Rouge entertainment. Introduction of Natural Zoo as an extension of the existing zoo.


PHASE 1

VISION PERSPECTIVE

Key Map

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TERMINAL

PASSIVE RECREATION

BRH PEDESTRIAN BOULEVARD

CAFE’S AND RESTAURANTS

PHASE 1 VISION PERSPECTIVE

Key Map

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PHASE 1

VISION PERSPECTIVE Entrance

Key Map

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PHASE 1 Kiosk

Recreation Plaza

Mall

VISION PERSPECTIVE Entrance

Key Map

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PHASE 1

VISION PERSPECTIVE Entrance

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Recreation Plaza

Retail Stores

Kiosk

PHASE 1

VISION PERSPECTIVE Entrance

Key Map

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PHASE 2 GOALS By using the improved Baker Canal and the lock system, the level of water will be consistently managed to be used for Kayaking. Also, A Natural Zoo would help make the site more

cheerful and interesting. KEY PLACES Drainage System (Water Strategy) Kayaking Routes Natural Zoo Zip Lining

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PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY


PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY

Locks PROBLEMS 1. THERE ARE SOME DAMAGES IN BAKER CANAL BECAUSE OF THE SPEED OF WATER. 2. NOT ENOUGH DEPTH AND WIDTH FOR KAYAKING SOLUTIONS 1. REMOVE THE CEMENT STRUCTURE IN THE CANAL AND CREATE A NATURAL SHAPE OF CANAL. 2. INSTALL LOCKS TO WIDEN WATER ROUTE FOR KAYAKING.


PROBLEMS 1. THERE ARE SOME DAMAGES IN BAKER CANAL BECAUSE OF THE SPEED OF WATER. 2. NOT ENOUGH DEPTH AND WIDTH FOR KAYAKING SOLUTIONS 1. REMOVE THE CEMENT STRUCTURE IN THE CANAL AND CREATE A NATURAL SHAPE OF CANAL. 2. INSTALL LOCKS TO WIDEN WATER ROUTE FOR KAYAKING.

PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY


PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY

PROBLEMS 1. THERE ARE SOME DAMAGES IN BAKER CANAL BECAUSE OF THE SPEED OF WATER 2. NOT ENOUGH DEPTH AND WIDTH FOR KAYAKING SOLUTIONS 1. REMOVE THE CEMENT STRUCTURE IN THE CANAL AND CREATE A NATURAL SHAPE OF CANAL. 2. INSTALL LOCKS TO WIDEN WATER ROUTE FOR KAYAKING.

Lock Gate

Locks

Key Map

* LOCK : An enclosed chamber in a waterway with watertight gates at each end, for raising or lowering vessels from one water level to another by admitting or releasing water.

Lock Paddle Gear

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PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY 1 2 Key Map

3 4

1 Water Treatment Structure 2 Pond

3 Ditch

4 Baker Canal

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VIDEO

PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY 1 2 Key Map

3 4

1 Water Treatment Structure 2 Pond

3 Ditch

4 Baker Canal

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PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY

Key Map

Before

After

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PHASE 2 WATER STRATEGY

Key Map

Before

After

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PHASE 2 NATURAL ZOO KAYAKING ZIP LINING

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PHASE 2 KAYAKING

Key Map

Before

After

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Key Map

Before

PHASE 2 NATURAL ZOO KAYAKING ZIP LINING

After


Key Map

PHASE 2 NATURAL ZOO KAYAKING ZIP LINING

Before

Healthy

Exciting Cheerful

Interesting After


GOALS

PHASE 3 mixed-use community

Making a community to a number of residents and creative businesses, it is a campus with inspiration made up of residential and amenities, including a fitness center, cafe, coffee shop, salon, early childhood education center, outdoor cinema and community garden, which are designed to keep the community

connected.

KEY PLACES Mixed-use Development - Amenities - Community Center - Office - Residential Resort Island

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PHASE 3 mixed-use community

Before Before

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PHASE 3 mixed-use community

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PHASE 3 mixed-use community

Key Map

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After

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PHASE 3 mixed-use community

Key Map

Before

After

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PHASE 4 GOALS A Mitigation Island Retaining existing context of natural elements - Natural Park to protect existing environment and contribute to people’s life - Forest to improve the environmental quality - Camping/Fishing to offer native recreational activities KEY PLACES Natural Park Forest Camping/Fishing

After

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PHASE 4

Key Map

Before

After

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Waterfront Activities

PHASE 4

Fishing

Key Map

Before

After

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PROGRAM

A DAY AT BRH

9:30

Arrive at the terminal

10:00

Stroll around the BRH pedestrian boulevard

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18:30

11:30

Explore extreme sports after visiting the zoo

Enjoy the sunset while kayaking back

16:00

Kayak to mixed-use community /beach for dinner

14:30

Take a sun bath on the lawn after shopping


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