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Monday, January 5, 2015 - Contact: 225-273-6439

BREC Offers WiFi to Park Users

After months of preparation, The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) is now offering public Wi-Fi at dozens of its facilities throughout the parish.

This new service, called “BREC Open” will allow park visitors the choice of three different packages; Basic, Premium 4 hour, and Premium 2GB. The Basic Package offers free service that has no download limits, but has slower speeds and is limited to two hours per day. This service is perfect for casual web browsing and small file transfers. Streaming will be possible but there may be long buffering times.

The Premium Packages, priced at $5 each, will lift the speed and priority restrictions allowing visitors the additional bandwidth required to hold video conferences, watch streaming video, and download larger files. Customers will be able to choose between the Premium 4 hour package that lasts four hours with no download or upload limits or a Premium 2GB, 30-day service that will allow two gigabytes of downloaded/uploaded content or 30 days of Premium access, whichever comes first. Once purchased, a Premium package is tied to a customer’s specific device and will allow Premium access at all “BREC open” locations until the package expires.

Customers can purchase Premium packages securely through their mobile devices with a credit card, debit card, gift card, or a prepaid card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club) or soon through the purchase of a voucher from most BREC locations using cash, check or credit card.

“I am pleased that BREC is able to offer this service to park visitors as we continue our efforts to enhance their experience at our facilities,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “We want to help our visitors stay connected as they enjoy the serenity of their local park and allow them to more easily access information about their parks, register for programs or sign up to volunteer for BREC.”

BREC Open is currently available at the following locations:

·         Church Street Recreation Center

·         Forest Community Park Recreation Center

·         Independence Community Park Recreation Center

·         Lovett Road Park Recreation Center

·         North Sherwood Forest Community Park Recreation Center

·         Perkins Road Community Park Recreation Center

·         Zachary Community Park Recreation Center

·         Beaver Creek Golf Pro Shop and Deli

·         City-Brooks Community Park Golf Pro Shop

·         Woody Dumas Golf Pro Shop and Waterfront Café

·         Howell Park Golf Pro Shop

·         J.S. Clark Park Golf Pro Shop

·         Santa Maria Golf Pro Shop, Deli, Fitness Center

·         Webb Golf Course Pro Shop and Fitness Center

·         BREC’s Administrative Building at Womack Park

·         Upper Deck Batting Cages and Training Facility

·         Baton Rouge Gallery

·         Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center and Educational Building

·         Highland Road Community Park Observatory

·         Independence Community Park Theatre

·         Liberty Lagoon Water Park

·         Magnolia Mound Plantation Visitors Center

·         Perkins Extreme Sports Park

·         Independence Community Park Tennis Center

·         Greenwood Community Park Tennis Center

Sites to be added in 2015 include:, Anna T. Jordan Community Park Recreation Center, Highland Road Community Park Recreation and Tennis Centers, City Community Park  Tennis Center Farr Park Equestrian Center and the Teaching Café at Independence Community Park.

The signals for the service will be strongest inside the BREC facilities and will extend about 100-200 feet from the building. Signs indicating service areas will be located at each site. BREC will monitor the usage and demand to determine where to install additional hardware to expand the reach of the Wi-Fi signal. BREC also plans to expand the service to include additional locations in 2015.

For more information, 225-272-9200 or visit open.brec.org.

It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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