Like previous years, the GDCA will continue increased security patrols throughout the summer months. Additional security patrols are funded by annual dues, and with less than 25% of the homes in the Garden District participating members, we can only fund a limited amount of patrol hours. If you are interested in becoming a member, renewing your membership or including additional security funds, please visit gdcabr.org.read more
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, Baton Rouge Police Department arrested four individuals responsible for the recent crime spree in and around our neighborhood. This was a Tier 1 Top Priority for BRPD. The suspects have been connected to at least seven separate events that occurred in the past approximate10 days, including the events on St. Rose Street, on S 22nd Street and Cherokee Street (previously reported as S 18th Street and Cherokee Street), and on Park Boulevard and Terrace Avenue. Other events occurred as far east as the Mid City Beer Garden and as far west as Brice Street across from Alford Safe and Lock.
BRPD encourages anyone who may have witnessed or has evidence of these events or any other related crimes to contact Detective Justin Becnel (cell 225-413-8998, office 225-389-3848). Any information can be helpful to ensure the suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MOST IMPORTANTLY! If you are a victim or witness to a crime, please contact or stay in contact with BRPD.
Additional advice/notes from BRPD
- Stay vigilant! Most armed robbery suspects target distracted victims.
- High-quality residential surveillance video was vital in solving this case.
- Vehicle burglars often transition to armed robbers when confronted.
- Cooperate as much as possible with armed suspects. Nothing you own is worth your life or serious injury.
BRPD also reviewed the past six months of activity in the Garden District and with the exception of the activities of the four arrested suspects, we remain a very safe neighborhood. They attribute this in part to it being a neighborhood where folks know their neighbors, and there are almost always eyes on the street (likely due to the large number of lovely porches throughout the neighborhood).
So this Memorial Day weekend, crack a cold one on your porch (or if you’re like me, your front stoop), say hi to your neighbors (or invite them over if you are so inclined), and enjoy the beautiful weather.
The Garden District Civic Association Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 PM at Leola’s Cafe at the corner of Government St. and Park Blvd. We invite you to come out and participate in what we hope will be a very productive meeting sharing ideas on how to keep the Garden District “A Great American Neighborhood”. Speakers will include Cpl. Seth Gauthier, city officials and more! All attendees will be entered into a chance to win a gift card to Leola’s Café sponsored by Anne Trapp, Realtor with CENTURY 21 IR.read more
Disney+ National Treasure tv series will be filming in our area starting on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH. Produced Bayou, Inc. will be filming at a residence on Kleinert Avenue. In gratitude and appreciation for the Garden District, the production team is donating $500, which will be allocated to the Live Oak Love Collection campaign.
There will be production vehicles parked close to the set, and the production team has coordinated with the Baton Rouge Film Commission and Baton Rouge law enforcement to obtain all the necessary permits. There may also see an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic during their preparation and filming times. In order to maintain a safe environment for everyone involved, the film set is closed to the public. ALL HOMES AND BUSINESSES WILL REMAIN ACCESSIBLE.
Filming is currently scheduled for: 7:00AM-9:00PM on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH. On the day of filming, the crew parking and base camp will be situated in private lots to minimize our impact in the area. All driveways and handicap zones will be respected.
If you have any specific concerns, please contact their Locations Department @ 225.330.6065.
“We strive to make this as pleasant an experience as possible as the key to continuing Louisiana’s role as a premier filming destination. The film industry creates a wealth of local jobs and opportunities in communities across Louisiana. We are excited to play a part in this growth and productivity. We thank you so much for your hospitality and patience. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time with any questions.”
Ryan West, Assistant Location Manager, 225.955.0930, [email protected]
Aquiles Montalvo, Location Manager, 504.201.3583, [email protected]
Katie Pryor, Film Baton Rouge, Executive Director, 225.382.3562, [email protected]read more
by Kimberly Coffey, GDCA Board Member & Block Co-captain
Neighbors have united and donated funds to remove dead limbs, low-hanging branches, and vines from some of the Garden District’s majestic and historic oak trees. Last week, Bayou Tree Service performed this much-needed and beneficial work on the Park Boulevard trees between Perkins Road and Terrace Avenue. This initiative and the work being done was featured this week on WBRZ again! CHECK OUT THE STORY
Some of the advantages neighbors have already noticed include:
1. More beautiful landscaping to enjoy on a daily basis. Long-time resident Pat James notes that “the block just looks fabulous!” She adds that this is the first time in her 45 years on the block that the trees have undergone a comprehensive maintenance effort.
2. Personal satisfaction associated with environmental and neighborhood conservation. Resident Corrie Ford articulates “I’m grateful we are able to live among these beautiful trees that were planted before most of us were born – and also thankful that the Garden District gave us all an opportunity to be good stewards of these gentle giants. And not MOST important, but important, now maybe they will think twice before dropping their limbs on our cars.” Block co-captain and incoming GDCA Board member Clayton Fields echoes this sentiment: “It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of such a positive change for our neighborhood. Our efforts will ensure that our live oaks remain healthy for generations to come.”
3. Peace-of-mind associated with the removal of dead limbs, which can pose a substantial safety and property hazard.
4. Elevated clearance room means vehicular traffic will not bump or brush under low-hanging trees limbs, potentially damaging the trees and scratching vehicles.
5. More sunlight reaches home windows when the tree canopy is lifted.
6. Possible crime deterrence. The removal of dead and low-lying limbs unexpectedly increased sight lines on the street. Porch lights and street lights illuminate more of the street.
In addition to these immediate benefits, the pruning work also has longer-term advantages for the trees and the neighborhood:
7. Tree limbs generally take time to die back to the tree trunk, during which time the tree is expending nutrients on a dying limb, instead of bolstering its remaining, viable limbs. Removing dead and dying limbs allows the tree to divert nutrients to remaining limbs and prevents a dying limb from potentially infecting the rest of the tree, all of which creates healthier trees.
8. This, in turn, preserves the trees for posterity, as Corrie Ford and Clayton Fields both mentioned above.
9. All of these benefits also protect and enhance the neighborhood experience and property values.
If You’re Inspired and Have a Specific Tree Median You’d Like Serviced…
Reach out to us at [email protected] to let us know which median you’d like to see serviced! We’ll obtain a price quote from Bayou Tree Service so we have a fundraising target. Bayou Tree Service has kindly offered us the exceptional price of ~$1,000/tree; residents need to raise 80-90% of the cost of the median. Donations are tax-deductible.
We’ll need to work with one or two captains on the block to spearhead fundraising efforts. Although it may be tempting to divide the price quote by the number of households on the block, our experience is that most people don’t donate. We make no judgment about this – some households may not be in a position to donate while others may have other priorities. It does make the small handful who donate to this effort uniquely wonderful – we’re so grateful for you!! May good karma bring joy and ease to your every day.
Once we have established a block fundraising captain or co-captains, the captain(s) will reach out to neighbors and ask them if they’re willing and able to contribute to the cause, and if so, how much they can donate. We’ve found that obtaining pledges from potential donors allows neighbors to confirm that they’ll have enough funds to service the median before they actually donate and commit funds.
Once the block fundraising captain(s) has/have a total amount pledged, they can provide this value to the GDCA Board. The GDCA is covering the remaining 10-20% of the cost of a tree median, so it needs to vote to approve the remaining funding. Once this approval happens, donors can donate with the confidence that the work will happen.
Fundraising progresses most smoothly when we can find a couple of people who are each able to fund a couple of trees. Should a potential donor delightfully want to fund an entire median, we can bypass the coordination steps above. In this case, just let us know and we’ll work with you and Bayou Tree Service to have the work performed as quickly as Bayou Tree Service’s schedule permits.
If You’re Inspired and DON’T Have a Specific Tree Median You’d Like Serviced…
You can help the cause by donating online at gdcabr.org/live-oak-love-collective/#donate-live-oak-love.
Under the drop-down menu labeled “Select the street with the median to which you want to donate”, select “Any median in need.” Donations are tax-deductible.
What To Expect When A Tree Median Is Being Serviced
The tree median work lasted ~4.5 days on Park Blvd and residents found it minimally disruptive. Traffic was only blocked in one direction at a time. Blockades were established to prevent incoming traffic but not outgoing traffic. The work crews arrived after the morning commute (e.g., 8:30-9 AM) and left before before school bus routes or evening commute traffic would be affected (e.g., ~2:30 PM). There was some noise, but it was intermittent and the volume depended upon the work crew’s location relative to one’s home. Residents found it fun to see the progress.read more
Wreaths, Lights, Candy Canes, Oh My!
Your Garden District board drove up and down every street and toiled over which houses were the best. It was a hard decision, but here are the WINNERS! Congratulations!!!
Garden District Annual Holiday Decoration & Lighting Contest is HERE!
Judging will be Thursday, December 16 @ 8:30 PM. Judges will be members of the Garden District Civic Association Board and few guest judges. Winners will receive gift certificates for local businesses in Mid City!!!
Rules of Engagement!
- Participation is open to all residents of the Garden District.
- Entry is free; no cost or fees apply.
- Entry is automatic. All decorated homes in Garden District will be considered.
- Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior.
- Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets).
- Judging criteria will include the following:
- Unique design and creative use of lights and decorations
- Storyline or theme
- Display and placement of decorations, animated objects, etc.
- Overall presentation.
- Participants should ensure that all lights, animations and decorations are in place and activated for the judging period on Thursday, December 16 starting at 8:30 PM.
- Judging will be done Thursday, December 16 starting at 8:30 PM.
- Each winner will receive a bragging rights, prize and name recognition on the Garden District website and social media outlets.
If you have any questions, please email the GDCA at [email protected].read more
HALLOWEEN THIS SUNDAY!
Our wonderful kids have had a hard year+, and they have earned a night of revelry. Please consider handing out candy this year, and for families, trick-or-treat in your neighborhood! We want our kids to walk down our tree-lined streets, and their faces are aglow with the warm golden light of all the front porch lights on!!
Trick-or-treat hours for the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish are set for 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2021.read more
As you know flooding and drainage in our area needs improvement. The Stormwater Master Plan* (SMP) project team has collected the data and is creating models to help illustrate drainage in our area. The next step is input from the community. Our feedback will help the City and Stormwater Master Plan project team better recommend projects and revisions to codes & ordinances.
The Garden District is located within the Ward Creek watershed, and our public meeting is Thursday, October 21st, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM! The virtual meeting will stream live to the SMP website at stormwater.brla.gov. During this meeting, the project team will share what they’ve learned from data collection and modeling in our watershed and address any questions we may have about the Stormwater Master Plan and how it affects the folks in our area.
Register to attend @ stormwater.brla.gov/event/ward-creek-meeting
Registration and attendance to the meeting are all accessed through the same link. You will not have to register again. However, before the meeting, you will have to enter your zip code, last name and email address then you will verify that the system is pulling up the correct account. Once verified, you will have access the button to join the meeting. Download the quick guide to accessing the meeting, asking questions and troubleshooting if you have any issues. The meeting is not through a typical online software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. It uses a system that allows the project team to compile and track all of your questions, comments and feedback, which is critical in data collection and modeling process.
* The East Baton Rouge Stormwater Master Plan (SMP) is the guiding document for the implementation of overall flood risk reduction projects and policies for the City-Parish.read more
Garden District to Participate in Mid City Rummage Sale
Everyone loves a garage sale! Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and Mid City neighborhoods are partnering to host the first annual Mid City Rummage Sale! Any home located in Mid City can participate and anyone is welcome to wander and buy unique and eclectic finds.
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$10 registration fee
Registration includes a yard sign and your location on the Rummage Sale map!