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Annual Meeting, March 27

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.

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Disney+ National Treasure is Filming on Kleinert!

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.”

Sincerely,

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]

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Live Oak Love Collective UPDATE: Makes Progress on Park Blvd!

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.

DONATE!!!

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WINNERS of Holiday Lighting Contest

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!!!

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Claire PittmanWINNERS of Holiday Lighting Contest
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Wreaths, Lights, Blowups, Oh My!

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!

  1. Participation is open to all residents of the Garden District.
  2. Entry is free; no cost or fees apply.
  3. Entry is automatic. All decorated homes in Garden District will be considered.
  4. Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Judging will be done Thursday, December 16 starting at 8:30 PM.
  9. 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].

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Halloween 2021

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.

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Flooding during heavy rain?

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.

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Neighborhood Garage Sale October 23!!

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!

Sign up at midcityrummagesale.com.

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October is Alley Month!

Summer is coming to end, and autumn is upon us! Several of the alleys in the Garden District have become wildly overgrown with invasive bamboo, while others have trash and debris. All this vegetation and detritus narrows the alley making it difficult for trucks to maneuver.

Please plan on cleaning your alley one Saturday in October. Many blocks have Block Captains who will be contacting residents. Please help your block this October and keep your alley in good shape all year. If you would like to know who your block captain is, please email [email protected].

Garden District Alley Guidelines

Alleys provide several benefits for residents who live along the alleys:

  • Vehicle parking at the rear of the home
  • Alley garbage collection
  • Alley delivery of home appliances and construction material
  • Alley access for first responders (EMS & fire trucks).

All alley residents share the responsibility of maintaining their alley.

OBSTRUCTIONS

A city ordinance prohibits any alley obstructions. You and service vehicles may unload in your alley, but please tell service men they need to move their vehicle if requested by a resident.

GRASS & VEGETATION

Alley residents are responsible for mowing alley grass and trimming alley vegetation. Some alleys in the Garden District are well manicured while others have overgrown vegetation. A well-kept alley is a safer alley because it offers no protection for a prowler.

GARBAGE & DEBRIS

Garbage trucks (Tuesdays and Fridays) empty garbage cans in your alley or at your front curb. ANY TRASH NOT IN A GARBAGE CAN MUST BE PLACED AT YOUR FRONT CURB FOR TUESDAY PICKUP BY THE TRASH TRUCK. Trash includes: tires, building material, tree limbs and vegetation, but not contractor debris. Residents/contractors are responsible for contractor debris. Place trash at your front curb away from vehicles, trees and power lines so the boom truck can pick it up. No garbage or trash is picked up on 22nd street.

Consider the following:

  1. Post your house number in your alley in case you ever need a first responder to come to your back door.
  2. Add a motion detector or light on your alley.

Send your questions or comments to gdcabr.org/contact-us.

 

 

 

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Trees in the News!

Our very own WBRZ heard us shouting from the roof tops about our gorgeous trees, and they sent Brittany Weiss to investigate.

CHECK OUT THE STORY

Here’s How You Can Help Our Dying Trees!

Donate! To keep costs low, we must raise the funds to do an entire median at a time. It’s a $1,000 to prune, mulch and care for one (1) tree. You can donate any amount or adopt a whole tree at gdcabr.org/live-oaks.

Reach Out to Neighbors! Talk to your neighbors, peer pressure your loved ones, and help us keep the Garden District the beautiful place it is. If you live along a boulevard, please consider reaching out to your neighbors and adopting your median. We are also looking for big sponsors. The Garden District Civic Association created a non-profit to care for these majestic beasts so your donation is tax deductible!

Please contact the Board if you have any questions about the Collective or if you have any trouble donating at [email protected].

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Claire PittmanTrees in the News!