August 2017

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.

Families Helping Families Luau

Liberty Lagoon

Individuals with disabilities and their family and friends are invited to attend this event that includes swimming, music, snacks, and fun! Each person is asked to bring a swimsuit and towel. Each person must have a wristband to enter. . In partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge (FHFGBR). For more information or to purchase a wristband: 225-216-7474 (Families Helping Families)
August 5
7-9:30 p.m.

Movie in the Park

Milton J. Womack Park

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join BREC for a family movie (Rated PG and below) under the stars. Enjoy popcorn, as well as other concessions for purchase. The movie will be moved inside the gym in the event of inclement weather. Movie begins at dusk. August Movie: The Wild Life
August 11
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Flashlight Night at the Swamp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

We welcome you to enjoy the swamp at night by visiting us during our Swamp Flashlight Nights! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters and running special nature films. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night so don't forget to bring a flashlight. If you don't have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended.
August 11
5-9 p.m.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Highland Road Park Observatory

The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year. Come join us and see if we can catch some “earthgrazers”! (HRPO is the only BREC property on which the public is allowed for viewing this event.) Please sign in at main building. Date may shift by one day.
August 11
10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Duck Duck Goose Day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

This event gives visitors a first-hand look at waterfowl decoy carving, an art form firmly rooted in Louisiana's rich cultural heritage, by featuring some of the region's oldest and rarest decoys displayed by carvers and collectors from all over the deep South. After visiting with our exhibitors and vendors, children and adults can enjoy the day together with hands-on activities like the carving corner, where visitors use soap to carve their own mini duck decoys, a duck box inflatable jump house, live baby duck petting in the duck pen, duck-themed carnival prize booths, face-painting and more!
August 19
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Great American Eclipse

Highland Road Park Observatory

On August 21, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. While the eclipse, will not be total in the Baton Rouge area, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun and Highland Road Park Observatory is the perfect place to witness it.
A total solar eclipse is unlike anything you've seen in your life. As totality approaches, you will see the astonishing sight of day turning to night and the Sun's corona blazing in the sky. This is truly a great American eclipse because totality will sweep the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Nearly everyone in the US can reach this total solar eclipse within one day's drive. An eclipse is a cosmic billiard shot — the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up to reveal the Sun's atmosphere, it's corona. Eclipses on Earth occur only because of an amazing celestial coincidence.
August 21
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

End of Summer Dog Pool Pawty

Liberty Lagoon

Please join us for the End of Summer Dog Pool Pawty at Liberty Lagoon. Please be advised that this is a dog-friendly event. Participants will encounter dogs in various conditions (i.e. wet, unleashed, etc.). For the safety of everyone and every dog, all participants must comply with the “Pool Pawty” rules that can be found at libertylagoon.com. This is not an event for small children younger than 5.
August 27
1-5:30 p.m.

Swamp Fine Art Show

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Join us year-round for a series of art exhibits inspired by nature. Each show will feature a different medium and unique theme. Artist receptions are held on the last day of each show where visitors can meet the artists to learn about the inspirations for their works. Prizes are awarded for visitors’ choice and best-in-theme in both youth and adult categories. The Swamp’s art shows have no entry fees, so get creative and submit a work of your own! Art Show Field Days are scheduled twice a year encouraging area residents to come out to use Bluebonnet Swamp as inspiration to create potential entries for upcoming shows.
August 29-September 24

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.

Contribution to Knock Knock Children's Museum

Since they have officially announced their opening date, Knock Knock Children's Museum is this week's featured #StrategicSaturday. Though Knock Knock is not a BREC facility, we were more than eager to be an integral partner in launching this community feature. We donated the land, facilitated a donation through the BREC Foundation, and oversaw the building construction to make the dream of Knock Knock Children's Museum a reality. We can't wait to see what they become and how all of EBR will benefit from our new partners.

Baker Recreation Center

This week's #StrategicSaturday highlights another project that was made better not only by our hard work but by our partners. Baker Recreation Center is set to reopen next month with new heat & air conditioning, renovated restroom facilities, renovated & added rooms, and a brand new athletics floor. And a special bonus - thanks to our friends at Walls Project, there is also an awesome mural. Get ready to check out the redone facility at the re-opening next month.

Rita Street Park

For this #StrategicSaturday, we're bringing you a sneak preview of updates we'll be unveiling later this month. Rita Street Park got a new playground with new swings and a play unit for ages 2-12. We replaced the sane with wood mulch safety surfacing and added some new walks. Be sure to come out for the Back to School Bash on August 11 that will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for these awesome new features.

Hooper Park

Next month, Hooper will be reopening after some awesome improvements. You'll get to see the brand new connecting walks, playground, full basketball court, and more. Can't wait to see this improved park!

Pollinator Garden at Forest Community Park

This summer, BREC's Conservation Department campers helped install the first pollinator garden in one of our community parks. This garden at BREC's Forest Community Park is part an an initiative by our Conservation team to education the public about native plants and the importance of pollinators like bees and butterflies. This garden will continue to be developed and will serve as a great tool for learning more about nature. Thanks to our Conservation Campers for making their parks better!

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.

Brett Wallace, Planning & Engineering Landscape Architect II

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    About 10 years.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Highland Road Community Park.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Murder, She Wrote. Jessica Fletcher knows and sees all.
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Cheeseburger, Plain.
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I played the oboe for many years, including some in college.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Taking a project from an idea, to a drawing, through construction, and seeing it get a lot of use by park visitors.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Kyoto, Japan.

Amy Seal, Creative Manager & Graphic Designer

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    3 years & 3 months (or 9 Programs Guides, however you’d like to quantify it)
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    I love the trees at City-Brooks
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Bob’s Burgers are some of my favorites, although currently I’m binging Fixer Upper
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone of course
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Hmmm, it’s a toss-up between pizza and boiled crabs
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I lived in a platform tent for 3 months in the Sierra Buttes in Northern California
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    I always enjoy the holiday lunches our department does. It’s fun to have a more relaxed, social vibe than the normal day-to-day hustle.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Greece, Ireland or New Zealand

Jerry Turner, Park Operations Maintenance Tech 1

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    4 years and about 1 month.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    That's easy - Liberty Lagoon!
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Pretty much anything on the History Channel
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Android
  5. What is your favorite food?
    I have 2 - all Cajun food and all Chinese food.
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I'm a "feet to the fire" worker
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The first employee appreciation picnic. We got to climb the rock wall and see the skaters and everything at Perkins Road park.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    To visit Minneapolis and St. Paul area, see the top of the Mississippi River. I want to see how small it is up there. And maybe catch some snow.

DeVeta Webb, Athletics Program Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    October 31st , 8 months 30 days…
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Not a ‘park’ – Sport’s Academy – I love the wood floor!
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    The First 48, anything sports related…(basketball, football, hockey etc. games)
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    NY Style Pizza and wings!
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I hate chocolate!!!!
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    … not a specific memory but just all the people that I had the opportunity to work with…
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Where ever my daughter’s naval ship is docked, hopefully somewhere warm with a beach.

Chelsea Borruano, Public & Marketing Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    Almost 2 ½ years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Farr Park, every time I visit it reminds me of being there for Horse Lover’s camp with my sister and cousins when we were little.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Grey’s Anatomy and you can quote me on that.
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Apple everything (especially pie).
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Give me allll the cheeseburgers.
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    Last year I put together a two-day flood relief benefit music festival with just a few friends and a whole lot of heart and I would love to start a non-profit one day to do more things like that with (hopefully) more resources in the near future.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Getting to help with BREC on the Geaux at the shelters after the flood. It was one of the most exhausting yet rewarding experiences! Props to the BREC on the Geaux crew who continued doing it until the shelters were closed.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Fiji

Tonnette R. McMorris, Special Facilities IT Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    12 yrs.
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Highland Road Community Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Good Behavior
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Android all day
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Philly Cheesesteak from Everything Philly
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m left handed but play golf right handed
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Using carbon paper for a check request
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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