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Monday, August 30, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

The National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials Honors BREC at their 2010 Awards Banquet

East Baton Rouge Parish-NACPRO honored BREC with four prestigious awards this July at the NACPRO 2010 Awards Banquet in Reno, Nev.

NACPRO presented Sue Turner with the "Outstanding Contributor" award for her continuous generosity and support for BREC. In the '60s, Mrs. Turner, along with the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and BREC, successfully petitioned to local and state government agencies to save BREC's Magnolia Mound Plantation's Historical House from demolition. More recently, the Turner family donated funds to the BREC Foundation to build a new welcome center at Magnolia Mound. Turner has served on the BREC Foundation's Board of Directors since its establishment, and contributes her time and resources to several other local, state and national organizations.

NACPRO also recognized BREC's Flanacher Road Park as a "Class 1 Park and Recreation Facility." After nearly $3.2 million of renovations, made possible by BREC's Imagine Your Parks Strategic Plan, Flanacher Road Park re-opened in Oct. 2009. The 175-acre site in Zachary features: a soccer complex, recreation center, fishing pond, playground, basketball court, walking paths, picnic shelters and a 21-hole disc golf course.

The Capital Area Pathways Project received NACPRO's "Planning Initiative" award for its plan to identify routes and build a network of trails and greenways throughout East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes.

BREC's Superintendent Bill Palmer received the 2010 NACPRO Fellow Award.  As a NACPRO member since 1987, Palmer has served the organization in several capacities. Over the past 23 years, he has served on NACPRO's Board of Directors, as the newsletter's editor, as well as Vice-President and President.

It is the BREC mission to provide quality park and recreation opportunities for all of the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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