12.08.10 - ERM and MPG form new partnership and open CEPSI
09.20.10 - Lake Charles opens new Lakefront Promenade
02.16.10 - MPG speaks at New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
12.15.09 - Patrick named CABL Treasurer
10.16.09 - Moore Planning Group wins Louisiana APA award
09.24.09 - Lake Charles Recognized for Construction Market
03.16.09 - Moore Planning Group wins ASLA Merit Award
01.29.09 - MPG presents at Smart Growth conference in Albuquerque
08.30.08 - MPG celebrates 26 years. Opens Baton Rouge office
08.28.08 - City of Central press release
08.25.08 - City of Plaquemine and MPG win ASLA award
08.12.08 - City of Ridgeland approves Master Plan
07.27.08 - City of Ridgeland press release
09.20.10 - Patrick's Public Health letter to The Advocate
09.16.10 - Patrick returns as guest on Jim Engster Show
08.10.10 - Patrick's article on planning in the Louisiana Municipal Review
05.10.10 - Patrick is a guest on the Jim Engster Show
03.17.10 - Patrick and Nathan featured in Town Talk article
03.10.10 - Town Talk editorial on Smart Growth
11.07.09 - Patrick's article on health in The Louisiana Municipal Review
08.20.09 - BRAF article on Lake Charles waterfront
07.28.09 - Patrick's editorial in The Louisiana Municipal Review
04.26.09 - MPG featured in The Baton Rouge Advocate
02.01.09 - 1012 Corridor Article highlights Downtown Restoration
11.29.08 - MPG featured in Town Talk story on planning the City of Central
11.30.08 - Town Talk editorial about MPG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Patrick C. Moore, (318) 445-2825
Date: September 18, 2010
MPG Client City Lake Charles Shows Tenacity after Disaster; Opens New Downtown Lakefront
Moore Planning Group client, the City of Lake Charles, officially opens its Lakefront Promenade on Saturday, September 18, 2010, a $4.6 million project that creates stunning new public space on the city’s downtown waterfront. The Promenade,
now with the new Bord Du Lac Marina, is expected to significantly increase the area’s use, spark further development
and leverage new investment in the city’s adjacent downtown. The project is tied into a larger plan for continual redevelopment throughout the city, and is proof-positive of Lake Charles’s tenacity as it marks the Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Rita later this month.
The new lakefront promenade includes a 2700-foot pedestrian right-of-way, themed landings, decorative paving and lighting,
benches, trees and landscaping, public art, shaded seating structures, and site furniture.
“Lakefront Promenade is a true marriage between the natural beauty and design inspired by local character. It has created
a bond for sense of place that has already excited visitors and residents alike. It’s the vision that this community has expressed for years,” said Patrick Moore, managing principal of site planners Moore Planning Group.
Lake Charles’s lakefront project stems from the city’s tenacity as it recovered from Hurricane Rita in 2005. Following Rita and Katrina, a statewide movement emerged to push for better planning statewide, described in the Louisiana Recovery
Authority’s Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan. The LRA funded planning charrettes in three key locations, including the City of Lake Charles, to establish early examples of good planning. Determined to rebuild using Smart Growth principles, Lake Charles is a true success story of what’s possible after a natural disaster.
In December of 2007, landscape architecture and community planning firm, Moore Planning Group, was brought in to further those planning efforts and create an implementation strategy that would ensure the multitude of projects stayed on track. MPG’s Lakefront Development Action Plan (LDAP) helped bring the Duany Plater-Zyberk master plan to fruition.
“We are very pleased to be a part of this first LDAP project,” said Moore. “LDAP has been about maximizing the natural assets of this city and inviting public and private partners to invest in its future success. The promenade is going to brand Lake Charles as a city that takes quality of life seriously.”
Founded in 1982, Moore Planning Group is an award-winning firm specializing in landscape architecture, community planning, implementation, management and economic development. The firm is located in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, La. For more information, visit www.mooreplanninggroup.com, call (318) 445-2825 or contact one of the following City of Lake Charles officials: Mayor Randy Roach, Lori Marinovich, Russ Adams @ (337) 491-1201.