April 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.

Sunset Paddle

Milford Wampold Park

Join us at the University Lakes for an evening paddling under the setting sun. This is a great way to start your weekend and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this water area. Register to reserve a kayak or paddle board in advance as space is limited.
Sponsors: The Backpacker + Paddle BR + Subaru of Baton Rouge>
April 4 & 19
6:30-8 p.m.

Great Family Campout

Highland Road Community Park

Grab a tent and enjoy an evening being active with other families, make a s'more, sleep under the stars and wake up refreshed in a beautiful BREC park! Outdoor Adventure activities, hiking, inflatables, and more will run from 4 p.m. to dark. Food is provided and no camping experience required.
Sponsors: The Backpacker + Subaru of Baton Rouge
April 7-8

Sunshine Social: Karaoke Jam

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.
April 20
6-9 p.m.

Movie in the Park: Beauty and the Beast

Antioch 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 Movie titles subject to change.
April 20
7:30-10:30 p.m.

BioBlitz

Greenwood Community Park

Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we document the diversity of life, or "biodiversity", at Greenwood Community Park! This is a full 24 hours event starting on Friday and ending Saturday afternoon where experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible.
April 20-21

Stick Horse Rodeo

Farr Park Equestrian Center

Participants will compete in rodeo events in a miniature rodeo arena on stick horses. The events are: Bronco Riding, Bull Riding, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing and a Flag Race. Participants will be split into two age groups and prizes will be given. Bring your own stick horse or borrow one of ours!
April 21
10 a.m.-noon

International Astronomy Day

Highland Road Park Observatory

The 12th consecutive year of HRPO's largest annual event. Games and rides; exhibitors; physical science demos; solar and lunar viewing; Venus and Jupiter viewing; live music; telescope raffle.
April 21
3- 11 p.m.

Make it a Movie Night: The BFG

Independence Park Theatre

Enjoy comfortable indoor seating during our monthly free film series. Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food or drinks please.
This film tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
April 27
7 p.m.

Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur

Greenwood Community 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 Movie titles subject to change.
April 27
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Paddle Up 4

Bogue Chitto River

If you are ready to test your paddling skills learned in Paddle Up 1-3, then the Bouge Chitto River is the experience for you! This is for intermediate to advanced paddlers as it is a trip that features moving water and beautiful surroundings. Limited space is available and transportation and equipment are provided. Single and tandem kayaks available at first come first serve when registering.
Sponsors: The Backpacker + Paddle BR + Subaru of Baton Rouge
April 28
7 a.m.-2 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.

Botanic Garden Support Building at Indpendence Community Park

Independence Community Park has gotten some very cool updates lately and this is a low key one you may have missed. This neat little building is near Independence Park Theatre and will serve as a support building for the newly expanded botanic gardens and the amazing volunteers who help to keep it up as well as providing a workshop/storage space for the theatre.

Hartley-Vey at Gardere

Hartley-Vey at Gardere is getting some fun updates that will make it even better. New walks, an improved parking lot, a new community garden with a pavilion are all part of the plans for the construction that is underway there now.

Pollinator Garden at Howell Community Park

So we've told you about the awesome amenities we're unveiling at the Howell Community Park Ribbon Cutting this week but this was is an exciting bonus. Working with the Conservation team, 52 third-graders from Greenbriar Elementary helped plant a pollinator garden of all native plants at BREC's Howell Community Park. They planted Swamp Sunflower, Purple Coneflower, Dill, Fennel, Aquatic Milkweed and more. Thanks to our awesome volunteers and this wonderful group of students for helping to make this park better than imagined

Howell Community Park Grand Opening

Spain Street Park is edging ever closer to being complete and it's a quaint neighborhood park. The new playground is in place, the new pavilion has fun colors, and the walks are being finished up. This is your parks better than imagined.

Spain Street Park

For this #StrategicSaturday, we're celebrating the newly renovated BREC's Howell Community Park. We opened the newest additions to the park on Thursday and it was almost too much fun. The lake, the art provided by Walls Project, the adventure playground, the zip lines, and so much more. We hope you had as much fun as we did! And if you haven't seen these awesome new features, be sure to stop by - you'll definitely want to give the zip line a try.

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.

Valerie Selvage, Recreation Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    I will have 15 years as of May 8, 2018
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Monte Sano is my favorite park.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Forensic Files.
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Team iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    chicken bacon ranch Sub from Subway.
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I am terrified at the sight of caterpillars.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    My fondest BREC memory is watching and helping the senior group of Charles Kelly Center at the Silver Spokes event.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Hawaii

Lester Coleman, Foreman 1

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    11 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Parkview Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Judge Matthews
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Salads
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I am a very kind-hearted person
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    When I first started working at BREC
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Africa. I would try to go everywhere I could in that one week.

Kendall Aguillard, Program Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    May will make 10 years since I started with BREC.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Greenwood Park. With its lake, trails, splash pad, open space, outside workout equipment, and inside Theater with the lake view makes it the perfect park.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Game of Thrones!!
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Team iPhone!!
  5. What is your favorite food?
    My favorite food is Chinese food!!
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I watch a lot of TV. I love my television shows!!
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    While I was interning with BREC. For my senior project, I developed a Halloween event and named it BREC-A-BOO. The event was a success and is one of BREC’s staple events 10 years later.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    I would go to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!!

Mitchell Burton, Park Operations Irrigation Technician

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    About 6 and 1/2 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Easy. Perkins Road Community Park where I started.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Sneaky Pete
  4. Android or iPhone?
    I had a windows phone for a long time but I'm an Android user now.
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Red beans and rice
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I took some time off right out of high school and went to study at a benedictine monastery for 2 years before I went to college.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    When I first started at BREC, I was doing my rounds as an attendant and a lady came up to me with her daughter to tell me about how she couldn't take her daughter on the dirt track because of these pegs on her bike. I offered to take the pegs off her bike and made sure the little girl got a helmet from the track crew so she could go ride. The mom was so happy and it was a great feeling to see how I made her whole day better with just a few minutes of offering my help.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    St. Croix. It sounds cool, looks cool, and apparently it's the perfect weather year-round.

Gary L. Jackson, Park Operations Operator 2

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    It’ll be 17 years full-time in a week or 2. I was also here part-time for 2 & a half maybe 3 years.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Greenwood Community Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I can watch basically anything but I prefer Bruce Lee Movies – Enter the Dragon!
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Android.
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Lasagna
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m good with people. I get along with people pretty well.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Last year’s company crawfish boil. It was the last one with my wife who passed away last year.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Hawaii.

Welton Armwood, Theatre Custodian

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    About 16 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    I would say Independence Community Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Lucas McCain – old westerns
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Catfish
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    That I’m a very nice guy.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    When I was working in the north part of the area and this little guy, about 6 or so, came up and asked me if I moved the bathroom. He said if I moved the bathroom, I was gonna be in big trouble the next day. I laughed about that for the next few months.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Vegas.

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