Construction Starts On Downtown Greenway at BREC’s Expressway Park
BREC and DDD Partner to Enhance Downtown Park
Construction has begun on the Downtown Greenway at BREC’s Expressway Park, 935 South 11th St. This collaborative project between the Downtown Development District and BREC was made possible by the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana administered by the Office of State Parks - Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. The project includes approximately 700 linear feet of new pedestrian and cyclist trail construction connecting Myrtle Avenue to South Boulevard at East Boulevard. In addition to the pathway, trailhead facilities will be created providing bike racks, accessible ramps and connections to the pathway from two parking lots. Construction is being completed by ANR Construction, LLC. This portion of the Downtown Greenway is expected to be completed in early fall, and will be celebrated with an official ribbon cutting event.
BREC recently completed renovations to the Expressway Park Recreation Center in preparation for summer programs. The renovations include restroom improvements, enhancements to the meeting and activity rooms, installation of new windows, painting of the interior, and expansion of the lobby space of the facility.
The renovations made at Expressway mark the latest phase of park improvements made by BREC as part of the 2004 Imagine Your Parks program. The addition of the Downtown Greenway space will enhance the offerings of the park even more.
Current Activities at BREC’s Expressway Park
The playground is open June 3 – July 26, Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Ages 6-13, free of charge.
A structured, supervised, walk-up program that provides the opportunity for children to enjoy creative outdoor activities. Registration is not required; however, each child must sign in and out to participate in the program. Qualified adult recreation staff will supervise the children during activities and the participants can come and go as they please.
Big Buddy Summer Enrichment Camp
The program is held June 9 – July 10, Monday-Thursday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., Ages 6-12.
Call Lauren Smith, program operations director at (225) 388-9737 for registration details. The program is held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, 1150 S. 12th St., from 8 a.m. – noon.
Mural Arts Program
The program is held June 10 – August 8, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30pm, Ages 11-17.
Join this unique art path to self-expression and personal growth. Participants will create and paint graphic murals onto the Expressway Recreation Center with the instruction and guidance of professional artist, Fannie Brown. The program is limited to the first 25 participants.
This program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council.
The Expressive Family Arts Hodgepodge
This program is coming soon, and will be held weekly, Monday – Friday, 5-7 p.m.
This unique program will provide family bonding through introductory arts for all ages such as clay building, cartooning, voice, dance, poetry, quilting and puppetry and more. The program is currently seeking qualified instructors.
This program will be made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council.
BREC on the Geaux
BREC’s Mobile Playground will be offered June 2 – July 25, Wednesdays, 12:30 -1:30pm, for all ages.
This imaginatively designed vehicle will provide a variety of supervised active physical recreation experiences to children of all ages and abilities. Adults are welcome also.
This program is funded in part by BREC, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant and the BREC Foundation.