Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nature trail and bike path possibilities for Shreveport: expanding the connections to the nascent Coates Bluff Trail in a meeting at Centenary College Sat, Ap 16, 9 am

"Potentially, a network of bike paths and routes would go through Centenary and surrounding neighborhoods and connect to the newly developed Coates Bluff nature trail that goes from Sevier St. to Valencia Park. That trail connects three schools—Montessori School, Stoner Hill Laboratory Elementary School, and Magnet High School—and is becoming an effective “outdoor classroom” for students, as well as a relaxing walking trail for local residents" says A Better Shreveport director Loren Demerath.

Demerath and a team of urban planners are inviting local nature-minded, pedestrian-minded, bike-minded people to meet on Saturday, April 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Centenary College to commit their dreams to planning documents.

"Centenary College and will host a meeting of community residents and organizations to discuss bike path and nature trail possibilities. One idea is to eventually connect that path to the current bike path that goes along the river between downtown and Hammel’s Park near the Jimmie Davis Bridge," continued Demerath.

At Saturday's meeting, urban planners from a local architectural firm have volunteered to partner with Centenary and to facilitate a discussion among residents, neighborhood associations, and local organizations about what the bike and trail network could be.

"If you have any thoughts or feelings about these possible trails and bike paths, please consider joining us at the meeting," says Demerath.

Coffee and refreshments will be served. The meeting will be held on the Centenary College campus, in room 201 of the Hurley Music Building.

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