January 2018

On this page, you'll find information highlighting some of our events happening around the parish at BREC this month. You'll also learn a bit about what we've been up to in the way of accomplishing our strategic plan - Imagine Your Parks 2 - and some of the staff members that work hard to make your parks beautiful and put on the best programs possible. Enjoy!

Programs & Events

Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. For a full list, visit our events calendar.

FROGWATCH USA™ TRAINING – RIBBIT RIBBIT!

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

FrogWatch USA™ is a citizen science program that’s great for families, students and scout groups! Frogs and toads play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health. Many populations of amphibians worldwide have experienced decline in past decades. Participating in FrogWatch in backyards or neighborhood wetlands gives citizens the chance to provide valuable data that can be used to prevent future population declines and to learn more about these fascinating creatures! All participants will receive information packets and frog call audio CDs. Additional program activities follow the two-hour training. Stick around for more amphibian fun! (And bring a snack if you’d like!) Register by email nstrauss@brzoo.org
January 6
10 a.m.-noon

Make it a Movie Night: Frozen

Independence Park Theatre

Enjoy comfortable indoor seating during our monthly free film series. Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food or drinks please.
When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.
January 12
7-9 p.m.

Movie Night For Adults: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Plank Road Park

Calling all movie lovers 18 years and older! Bring your ID, a blanket or lawn chairs and join BREC for a movie for adults- (Rated PG-13 or R) under the stars. Enjoy free popcorn and punch. The movie will be moved inside the gym in the event of inclement weather. All movies begin at dusk. Movie title subject to change.
January 12
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunshine Social: Winter Wonderland

Milton J. Womack Park

Through a partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization and fun. Donation is used to support this program, including supplies and door prizes each month.
January 19
6-9 p.m.
$5 donation

Run Ride and Row

Greenwood Community Park

Come out and join the Outdoor Adventure Department on a crisp January morning for a family fun race. This year, you can join as a three person team or as a solo team for our first Run Ride and Row, at Greenwood Community Park. Participants will start the race out paddling across the lake, a teammate will ride their bike around the lake and the last teammate will run the lake loop to the finish line. The solo competitors will paddle, bike and then run as well. Kayak equipment and life vests will be provided. Bikes will be available for rent,limited quantities available. Cookout and additional kayaking time available afterwards. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the morning by the water. Sponsors: Paddle BR + The Backpacker + Subaru of Baton Rouge + Muddy Water Paddle Company
January 20
10 a.m.-noon

Woods Walk Hiking Series

Frenchtown Road Conservation Area

Have you ever walked through a BREC park and wondered what type of trees you were looking at or what kind of animals live there? If so, now you can pick the brain of a BREC naturalist while enjoying a hike in one of BREC’s Conservation Areas. Attend this once a month program at alternating parks to learn something new while enjoying nature. Children must be accompanied by an adult and able to complete a 2 mile hike or be carried by an adult. Program locations will rotate at BREC Conservation Parks and each hike will cover a different topic in ecology.
January 20
9-11 a.m.

Student Horse Show

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Watch students compete in Western and English riding events. Classes include: equitation over fences and on the flat, barrel racing, pole bending, trail, Western horsemanship and showmanship. Open to the public.
January 20-21

Your Parks - Better Than Imagined

See what we're up to in area parks as we work to make your parks better than imagined. Click the images to get a closer view of the park dveelopment. Visit our strategic plan page to learn more about what our plans are for your local park.

Howell Community Park

Phase I of the renovations at Howell Community Park are getting sooooo close to being complete. The playground and lake and the basketball courts are so exciting! Even the new, baby trees! Lookout for a grand opening in spring 2018!

2017 Year in Year

Even after the flood of 2016, we continued to grow and improve your parks. Some of our projects were stalled due to the impact of the flood but that didn't stop us from working where we could. Check out the video for a quick recap of the exciting projects completed in 2017 and a few hints about some of the great stuff coming this year.

Spain Street Park

After gathering community input, Spain Street Park is under construction! Refurbished basketball court, new playground, new walks, and more coming to this wonderful bit of green space. Keep an eye on the development!

Volunteer Tree Planting

Our work to make your parks better isn't just about buildings and playgrounds, it's about natural beautification. This morning, Volunteer BREC lead a group of about 120 volunteers to plant more than 100 trees along the Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP) trail near Pennington.

Botanic Garden at Independence Commmunity Park

With the hard freeze we had this week, we figure you probably want to see a bit of green! The Botanic Garden at Independence Community Park is coming together. We'll have a grand opening this spring so be on the lookout for that!

Meet the Staff

Get to know a few of our staff members every month in various departments and say hi next time you see them at your favorite park. Check out the Staff Photo Gallery here.

Cortia Olden, Finance Account Clerk II

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    11 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Forest Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    The Haves and Have Nots
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Mustard Greens and Cornbread
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m a BIG KID at heart- I love to have fun and eat lots of junk food!.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    BREC’s very 1st Employee Appreciation Day.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Washington, D.C

Forrest Richards, Education Program Specialist

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    1 year!
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Farr Park, of course J-but I also really enjoy the City Park tennis courts and dog park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I am an Office and Parks and Rec fanatic
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Vietnamese spring rolls or steamed artichokes
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I grew up competitively sailing around the Gulf Coast and I recently took up sewing to create accessories for my two cats, Bogey and Garbie J
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Watching students love horses and achieve lifelong goals is an everyday memory that drives me.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Explore the Galapagos Islands

Katie Rogers Rabalais, Artistic Manager & Graphic Designer

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    I’m about a month away from 4 years!
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    My favorite park is Greenwood Community Park; my favorite special facility is Farr Park.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, Lost…
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    It’d probably be easier for me to list things I don’t like! But I am very fond of sushi with snow crab in it, my mom’s red beans and rice and anything chocolate…
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    Take your pick! Was a camp counselor for kids from NYC projects, Cut my hair into full Mohawk and then a buzz cut, Played rugby, practiced belly dance and aerials (silks, hammock and lyra), Prom Queen and Valedictorian in high school
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    I enjoy seeing BREC employees getting to know each other better at the Employee Recognition Day(s). The year it was held at the Zoo was my personal favorite, but that’s because I got to feed a giraffe and touch a rhino nose!
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Malta

David Leblanc, Park Operations Sports Turf Foreman

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    24 years and almost 3 months
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Olympia Stadium
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Hawaii 5-0
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Jambalaya
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I like to hunt & fish
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    In 2010, we worked with BRSC to host the southeast soccer tournament at Burbank Soccer Complex and we had that place immaculate. We got all kind of compliments.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    I would bring my wife somewhere tropical. The Bahamas, Hawaii, something like that.

Dominique Berry, Recreation Clerk 2

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    2 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Greenwood. I love bringing my kids there.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Big Bang Theory
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone. I’ve owned iPhones since 2008.
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Broccoli and cheese casserole
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I love trivia games and word puzzles.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    My first Employee Appreciation Day, 2015. That was the year we painted the bench and won! The bench is now at Saia Park.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Nairobi, Kenya.

Lionel Lanehart, Jr., Park Operations Foreman 1

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    5 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Farr Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    EMPIRE
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Android
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Steak & potatoes
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I love restoring classic cars.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The day i met Mr. Karl Malone. NBA HALL OF FAMER. In Farr park RV parking lot
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Hawaii

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