In April 2019, the Arts Council of Baton Rouge opened a 5K walking, running, and biking trail in the shape of a heart in downtown Baton Rouge. This initiative served as a pilot project named HeArt Trails. It comprises two more trails in Baton Rouge over a three-year period.
Now , the Arts Council is in the planning stage of the second HeArt trail to be located in Scotlandville, a cultural anchor of North Baton Rouge. It is the home of Southern University and has a rich history of Black artists, makers, performers, and cultural leaders.
Councilwoman Chauna Banks (Dist. 2) has been instrumental in the launch of the Arts Council’s Scotlandville HeArt Trail. Therefore, HeArt trail will be near the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, Scotlandville Magnet High, and BREC Scotlandville Parkway.
Organizers at the Arts Council said this walking trail will include artistic heart-inspired way-finding to guide visitors while taking them on a journey through the history of Scotlandville and its contributions to Baton Rouge. The trails are accessible for community members of multiple ages and physical abilities.