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Plans released on future parks

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Recreation officials say they plan to build a new community park in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, enhance trails and do other upgrades if parish voters approve the renewal of dedicated property tax on April 5.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission outlined its plans for using 2 mills of the tax up for renewal in a budget overview Thursday that was approved in a unanimous vote by commissioners.

That 2-mill portion of the tax would bring in an estimated $73 million over the next 10 years.

Nearly 34 percent of the capital improvements funding - about $24.8 million over 10 years - would go to enhancements at the system's 12 existing community parks and the creation of another.

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