BATON ROUGE - The Webb Park Civic Association held its first meeting Tuesday evening and it attracted a large crowd, about 100 residents met to talk about their future.

The gathering also included people from Steele Place, Glenmore Place, Walnut Hills, Country Club and Westdale subdivisions. In all, there are nearly 800 homes in the area and the association is working to preserve those places and give a voice to the community.

"Our mission is to really improve our neighborhood and the community surrounding us, so hopefully that will reduce our crime problem," said Dr. Blake Ray, who spearheaded the organization.

Webb has had a number of burglaries. Last January, a home invasion had many on high alert. W.A.R.N., or Watchful, Alert, Residential Neighbors already patrol the streets. Webb is also active on social media. Now, with the help of the new association, people hope to better the crime watch initiative.

"[It will] bring the community together, because I think that's going to positively effect the Mid City community," said Ray.

Ray says the association is looking to bring the neighborhood together and create an identity by incorporating beautification projects social events, helping Mid City grow by shopping local and working with BREC on Webb Park Golf Course improvements.

The Webb Park Civic Association costs $30 a year to be a member.

They are also looking to address traffic with the help of CPEX, and develop bike and walking trails.

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