BREC is the agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish with a system that has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in south Louisiana. This includes a state-of-the-art observatory, swamp nature center located in the urban core, equestrian park, Zoo, performing arts theatre, arboretum, botanical garden, a water park with the only surfing simulator in the state, golf courses throughout the parish and an expansive 30,000-foot concrete extreme sports park. Throughout its history, BREC has taken seriously its responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life for all citizens. Since 2004, BREC has constructed community parks, dog parks, a family-sized Aquatics Center, a growing trails system, fishing ponds, larger playgrounds and procured two mobile recreation units to serve play deserts in the area.
6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
BREC- Nationally Accredited- A Gold Medal Winning Agency
BREC is one of the few parks and recreation agencies in the country to win the prestigious Gold Medal Award twice. BREC won this award, given for excellence in parks and recreation administration, in 1975 and 1991. BREC has also been a national finalist for this award more than 13 other times. BREC is also one of a handful of agencies across the country that have been accredited.
It is BREC's mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community by providing exceptional parks, open spaces and recreational experiences for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.
BREC's vision is to provide an extraordinary system of parks, open spaces, and facilities that engages the Parish's unique natural and cultural landscape to enrich Parish life by providing diverse and memorable recreation experiences.
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Why Are Parks Important?Parks are a vital part of every community. Read more about why we need parks for a successful, thriving community.
BREC InventoryBREC is so much more than playgrounds. Check out an overview of the BREC inventory to see what your parks and recreation system has to offer!
Money for financing land purchases, construction of facilities, maintenance, and the operation of many varied programs is obtained from taxes voted by the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish and from income from facilities, concessions and programs. Other funds come from local governmental agencies and the Federal Government.
Programs, facilities and services of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge are available to all citizens regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
If you suspect the misappropriation (theft), fraud, waste, or abuse of public funds by anyone, contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office. Visit reportfraud.la for more information.
Contacting the Legislative Auditor's Office:
Toll-free: 1-844-50 FRAUD (503-7283)
Fax: 1-844-40 FRAUD (403-7283)
U.S. Mail: LLA Hotline, P. O. Box 94397, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Recent General Info News
For 42 years, the name Eugene A. Young was synonymous with BREC as he was the longest serving Superintendent in the agency’s history. Young retired in 2003 ending a 57-year career in the recreation and parks industry which began when he worked for recreation departments in Austin, Texas and Bloomington, Indiana while in college.
BREC Temporarily Closing Independence Community Park Recreation Center after Two Campers Test Positive for COVID-19
Independence Community Park recreation center will close tomorrow for a professional cleaning service to thoroughly sanitize the building after two summer campers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The BREC Communications department will host its annual Media Pitch Week for the 2021 Marketing Plan August 3-7, 2020. Each July/August, the BREC Communications Department hosts Media Pitch Week in preparation for the next year’s marketing plan. BREC invites all media vendors in the region to pitch their advertising, marketing and public relations services to us.
BREC will move into stage two of its phased reopening plan on Monday, June 8 following the Governor’s announcement that the state is able to further loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce BREC as a finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.