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GDCA Social Activities

The Garden District Civic Association has sponsored several social activities so far this year.  A neighborhood-wide yard sale was held on March 23. Shoppers from around the metro area stopped by the neighborhood to see what goodies and oddities were available for purchase.  It was a great time once again for both buyers and sellers.

On April 7 the Association sponsored the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Since the annual event’s previous location at City Park is now a croquet court, the hunt was relocated to a lovely home within the Garden District. Chad and Brooke Cole were very gracious in offering their yard for the hunt and we sincerely thank them for hosting the event.  The children were provided lots of treat-filled eggs to hunt, refreshments were offered and photos were taken with our very sweet Easter bunny. Once again, it was a fun-filled family Easter egg hunt in the Garden District.

The annual GDCA crawfish boil was held Sunday afternoon, May 19. The morning weather threatened to make it a soggy boil but by the start of the festivities, the sun was shining and made for a perfect spring afternoon.  The crawfish boil was catered by Jason Petrie of Tru Crawfish and the crawfish and fixings were delicious.  Jambalaya was also available as well as ice cream and drinks. The youngsters were able to burn off some energy jumping in the provided bounce house. Another successful tail pinching, head sucking crawfish boil in the neighborhood.

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Claire PittmanGDCA Social Activities

Neighborhood Walls Project

During the March GDCA annual neighborhood meeting, Daniel Esperanza with The Baton Rouge Walls Project advised members of the next planned project which was to be a mural on the side of a building at Myrtle and Perkins Road. Well, the Old South Mural is now complete. The mural covers the side of Disk Productions at 1100 Perkins Road. An unveiling of the crowd-fundraised mural was held on Saturday afternoon, July 18. Neighbors gathered to meet Jonathan “Skinny Dope” Brown, the artist/muralist who created the exuberantly colorful, happy scene featuring historical storefronts of Old South Baton Rouge.  Skinny is a local artist who has collaborated with the Walls Project on a number of projects before.  His artwork can be found on buildings throughout the area.

View the WAFB report on the project.

Stop by and view the mural.  It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Claire PittmanNeighborhood Walls Project

Storm Drain Issues

The morning of June 6 brought unexpected amounts of rainfall to the city and the Garden District did not escape the deluge.  Streets that had never flooded before, saw feet of water pouring over the pavement into automobiles, under houses, and sadly into some homes.  The large amount of rain could not drain fast enough to prevent the water from causing damage to homes and autos.  One of the reasons cited for the lack of drainage is the clogged storm drains throughout the neighborhood. Compacted leaves, grass clippings, litter, and dirt were just some of the materials found by neighborhood residents who took it upon themselves to attempt to clear some of the drains before Tropical Storm Barry made landfall.  Drainage issues are the responsibility of City Parish government but we can all do our part in helping to maintain the storm drains. The following information is taken from the City of Baton Rouge, Environmental Services Department.

Storm Drains Do’s and Don’ts.

If you have curbs and gutters near your home or business, they likely lead to a storm drain. Storm drains are the metal grates found on local streets and transport anything that is washed or dumped from nearby properties into stormwater ponds. These ponds then transfer the water directly to nearby rivers and lakes. 

Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect system. Contaminated stormwater can flow from rooftops, paved streets, sidewalks and parking lots, across bare soil, through lawns, and into storm drains. Along the way, it collects and transports soil, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizer, oil and grease, litter, and other pollutants. 

Therefore, if there are contaminants in the water that enters storm drains, they too will be washed into local waterways. To make matters worse, discarding trash or sweeping materials such as grass and tree clippings into a storm drain, or onto the street, can cause street-level flooding by clogging your storm drain. 

There are some very simple steps you can take to help protect our environment and make our stormwater system easier to manage, as well as less costly to maintain.

  • Use lawn chemicals safely. Follow instructions and never apply before rain or watering the lawn, unless directed. 
  • Pick up after pets. Bring extra bags to pick up and dispose of waste properly. 
  • Recycle used oil. Never place used motor oil in the trash or pour down storm drains. Instead, bring it to a local recycling location
  • Wash cars on the lawn or at a car wash – not on a driveway or in the street. 
  • Dispose of debris with a broom instead of a water hose. Hosing can send unwanted debris into your storm drain. 
  • Keep litter and yard debris clear from storm drains. Litter is easily carried into storm drains and waterways by wind and rain. 
  • Secure items intended for trash and recycling pickup. Wind could easily blow these items into a storm drain. 
  • Properly store household items. Repackage leaking containers and secure other household items to prevent them from falling over and leaving your property. 
  • Sweep pesticides and fertilizer off hard surfaces and onto your lawn to reduce the likelihood of these substances being washed away in a storm.

To learn more about what’s good for our East Baton Rouge Parish storm drains, download a copy of our stormwater brochure and share it with your neighbors and friends!

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Claire PittmanStorm Drain Issues
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