The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has started a process for implementing a master plan for restoring the lakes and making them an even better gathering place for the community.

The lakes are only 2.5 feet deep on average. Silt drains into their olive green water each day, settling at the bottom, gradually turning the lakes into mud flats.

The Foundation’s $750,000 master plan is built upon a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to dredge and sustain the lakes for decades.

A team of planners, with landscape architects leading them, asked the community what should be built with the dredged materials. Based on public ideas and their expertise, planners led by SWA Group created the master plan.