June 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.

Baker City Appreciation Day

Baton Rouge Zoo

Come celebrate YOUR community! Visitors presenting a valid driver's license with a household address that includes a Baker zip code will be offered "buy one, get one" pricing on admission. The Baker City Appreciation Day is one of four city appreciation days to be held within June. Upcoming is the Zoo’s Baton Rouge City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 9; Zachary City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 16; and Central City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 23.
The offer to buy one regular price admission, get one of equal or lesser value free will be offered for all visitors presenting an official Louisiana driver’s license with a recognized Baker zip code (70714 and 70704). Offer valid on June 2nd only, and is not valid in combination with any other offer.
June 2
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Make it a Movie Night: The Lego Movie

Independence Park Theatre

Enjoy comfortable indoor seating during our monthly free film series. Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food or drinks please.
“The LEGO (R) Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared.
Rated: PG – Parental Guidance (for action and rude humor)
June 8
7-9 p.m.

Juneteenth Celebration

72nd Avenue Park (Howell Place Gym)

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery. This event will include recreational games, music, socialization, community health fair and refreshments. Sponsored by CADAV
June 9
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Baton Rouge City Appreciation Day

Baton Rouge Zoo

Come celebrate YOUR community! Visitors presenting a valid driver's license with a household address that includes a Baton Rouge zip code will be offered "buy one, get one" pricing on admission. The Baton Rouge City Appreciation Day is one of four city appreciation days to be held within June. Upcoming is the Zoo’s Zachary City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 16 and Central City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 23. The offer to buy one regular price admission, get one of equal or lesser value free will be offered for all visitors presenting an official Louisiana driver’s license with a recognized Baton Rouge Zip Code. Offer valid on June 9th only, and is not valid in combination with any other offer.
June 9
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Zachary City Appreciation Day

Baton Rouge Zoo

Come celebrate YOUR community! Visitors presenting a valid driver's license with a household address that includes a Zachary zip code will be offered "buy one, get one" pricing on admission. The Zachary City Appreciation Day is one of four city appreciation days to be held within June. Upcoming is the Zoo’s Central City Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 23. The offer to buy one regular price admission, get one of equal or lesser value free will be offered for all visitors presenting an official Louisiana driver’s license with a recognized Zachary zip code (70791). Offer valid on June 16 only, and is not valid in combination with any other offer.
June 16
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Juneteenth Celebration

Gus Young Avenue Park

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery. This event will include recreational games, music, socialization, community health fair and refreshments. Sponsored by State Representative C. Denis Marcelle
June 16
noon-4 p.m.

Father/Daughter Dynamic Duo Dance

Jefferson Highway Park

Celebrate Father’s Day and bring your child for a dance and a friendly night of competition. Children of all ages are invited to team up with their parent or guardian and challenge other teams in this game night. This dynamic duo themed event includes music, dancing, food, games and photo opportunities.
June 16
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Movie in the Park for Adults - Thor: Ragnarok

Milton J. Womack Park

Calling all movie lovers 18 years and older! Bring your ID, a blanket or lawn chairs and join BREC for an adults-only movie (Rated PG-13 or R). The movie will be shown inside the ballroom with popcorn and punch. For those with children ages 4-17, please fell free to enjoy activities in the Interactive Game Room inside while you enjoy the movie.
June 22
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Central City Appreciation Day

Baton Rouge Zoo

Come celebrate YOUR community! Visitors presenting a valid driver's license with a household address that includes a Central zip code will be offered "buy one, get one" pricing on admission. The offer to buy one regular price admission, get one of equal or lesser value free will be offered for all visitors presenting an official Louisiana driver’s license with a recognized Central zip code (70818, 70739 and 70770). Offer valid June 23, 2018 only, and is not valid in combination with any other offer.
June 23
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Swamp Dog Day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “no pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets four days out of the year! All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current.
June 23
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

American Radio Relay League Field Day

Highland Road Park Observatory

Amateur radio is invaluable during emergencies, allows people to socialize across great distances without a monthly bill, and is very useful when letting others know about oncoming inclement weather. And if you are a "ham", it's even possible to be listening and receive a "general call" from an astronaut in space! Come out June 23 to learn to send your name in Morse code, and find out everything you want to know about the Amateur Radio Service-including how to get your own license! Temporary stations will be set up on HRPO grounds as the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club takes part in this suspenseful national transmitting exercise.
June 23
2-10 p.m.

Movie in the Park: Peter Rabbit

Baringer Road Park

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join BREC for a family movie (Rated PG and below) 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
Peter Rabbit (PG) - 2018:
Peter Rabbit and his three sisters -- Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail -- enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden. When one of McGregor's relatives suddenly moves in, he's less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter -- a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent.
June 28
7:30-10:30 p.m.

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.

ADA Transition Plan

Want to help make your favorite parks & rec facilities more accessible for all? Take part in our American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan Survey and give us your feedback on improving our programs and facilities for all ages and abilities. Start the survey now at brec.org/adasurvey

River Bend Park

The playground is in! River Bend Park is coming together as the park sees more and more of the improvements from the planning process put into place. This park will be even better than imagined thanks to the work of the neighborhood to secure contributions to the improvements!

Highland Road Community Park

Have you noticed the happenings at the playground at BREC's Highland Road Community Park? This playground is getting shade sails. Thanks to the work of LSO Foundation, shade sails will be added to this playground.

Fiesta Park

Fiesta Park is a neighborhood park that's getting a bit of an update and will soon be IDEAL for Health & Wellness! A new walking loop, new outdoor fitness equipment, and a new pavilion are all in Fiesta Park's future. See more about this project

Grow Zone at Howell Community Park

Our work to better your parks isn't always about new sidewalks, it's also about initiatives like the grow zones put together by BREC Conservation with the help of some awesome volunteers. The grow zones at BREC's Howell Community Park are blooming gorgeously RIGHT NOW! You can check out coreopsis or golden tick seed, black eyed Susan, peas and Indian blanket. These Grow Zones don't just help beautify your parks, they also aid in flood abatement, storm water management, provide food for pollinators and native habitat. Stop by and see it for yourself!

Meet Our Team

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.

LaWanda Holden, Recreation Administrative Services & Records Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    11 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    City Park and Gus Young (I grew up in those areas)
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I do not watch TV
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Seafood
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m Shy
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    When the Recreation department gave to a family in need at Christmas
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Australia

Dominique Barlow, Recreation Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    If you include the part time years 9 years. But Full-time 4 years in August
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Anna T Jordan
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I have a lot of favorites. Grey's Anatomy, The Resident, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, The Good Doctor, The Walking Dead, This Is Us, Station 19 and Queen sugar.
  4. Android or iPhone?
    #TEAMiPHONE
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Shrimp/Seafood
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I love technology and fitness. I bowled for Southern University Bowling Team
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    My first year of summer camp as Recreation Manager when my co-workers and I brought about 8 camps together for Camp- a-Palooza at Anna T Jordon for team events and a talent show.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Hawaii

Harold Zanders, Park Operations Lube Tech

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    About a year and a half.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    North Sherwood Forest
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Empire
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Crawfish Étouffée
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I love fishing.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The employee Christmas parties.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    The Dominican Republic.

Ashlyn Lambert, Special Events Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    One year at the end of July!
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    North Sherwood Forest; it was my first large grand opening to plan & the new renovations are SO great!
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Anything on Food Network
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone, 100%!
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Macaroni & Cheese
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I learned the Saxophone in 5th grade and I love to cook, but I’m not good at it at all. I also wish I was a baker/cake decorator.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Making it out of the 13th gate escape room alive at our Staff Retreat! It was a great afternoon getting to know everyone in the Communications department more, outside of the office.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    A trip around Italy! Rome, Venice, etc. OR Hawaii! Maui, Honolulu…. A girl can dream, right?

Andrew Levie, Extreme Sports Facility Supervisor

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    5 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    The Extreme Sports Park!
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I have 2, Stranger Things and West World
  4. Android or iPhone?
    No phone is the best phone.
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Shrimp Étouffée
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I am fluent in Spanish
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    My first summer working at The Rockwall. The atmosphere, the people I worked with, the customers I got to meet, and the experiences I got to have. It was really a special time for me.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    I would go to Lima, Peru. I have been to Colombia a few times and loved it. And I will be moving next summer to South America for a year and a half. But one place I haven't gotten to visit and really want to is Lima!

Carey Brownfield, Park Ranger

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    Close to 3 years and 1 month
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Alaska St Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Judge Judy
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Believe it or not, my wife’s turkey dressing and cranberry sauce
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I have a nice personality and I’m caring
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The first few nights I was out training
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Las Vegas

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