BREC Begins Public Meetings to Create New Strategic Pla
BREC Kicks Off Imagine Your Parks 2: Better Parks – Better Living
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) will hold a series of community meetings from January through March to gather input about the future direction of the park system. BREC’s new strategic plan, titled “Imagine Your Parks 2: Better Parks – Better Living” will begin with a kick-off meeting on January 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Independence Community Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd.
Nine years ago, BREC implemented the “Imagine Your Parks” strategic plan which was created after a year and a half of surveys, community meetings, brainstorming sessions and publicplanning meetings. The resultshave provided East Baton Rouge Parish with a better park system featuring 12 new community parks, five dog parks, Liberty Lagoon Water Park, skateboard parks, fishing ponds, a new conservation area for hikers and nature lovers, improved playgrounds, a growing trails system, a mobile playground unit as well as renovations to our neighborhood parks and special use facilities.
As part of BREC’s accreditation process, the agency creates and implements a strategic plan every 10 years to guide the progress of the system. The new strategic plan will be used from 2015– 2024. BREC is one of only 106 nationally accredited park systems in the country and was recently recognized as among the top ten recreational systems in the nation.
“During the last strategic planning process, BREC staff heard loud and clear that East Baton RougeParish residents wanted more quality parks, a higher level of maintenance and the development of a trail system among other things,” said Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “The staff has worked tirelessly to implement this plan and the result is one of the most successful tax initiatives in Parish history. Now it’s time to build on that imaginationand we ask that you attend at least one of these meetings, participate in our online conversations and make your voice heard as we plan the future of parks in East Baton Rouge Parish.”
BREC will utilize an online tool called Mind Mixer for people who aren’t able to attend a community meeting, or who want to participate in all phases of the development of the strategic plan. Along with the public meetings, the agency will meet with stakeholder groups, compile the results of community surveys and work toward the creation of a plan which will require Commission approval by the end of 2014.
For a full listing of BREC’s strategic planning meetings and a link to Mind Mixer, click here.