Kids & Community

70 Years of BREC

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge - or BREC as it's known today - was created in 1946. BREC has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, rock-climbing wall, BMX track and velodrome.

BREC was among the first park agencies to earn national accreditation and recently earned reaccreditation for an unprecedented fifth time, meeting all 144 standards. BREC is a two-time National Gold Medal Award winner and 13-time national finalist.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of its creation, a documentary was produced about BREC, detailing the 70 years of hardwork and dedication to the people of East Baton Rouge Parish. See the complete documentary below or try the chapter viewing. 

Thanks to Launch Media for their hardwork in putting 70 years of BREC together. 


Chapter 1 - History and Heroes

Chapter 2 - Pools and Progress

Chapter 3 - Achievements and Awards

Chapter 4 - Disaster and Recovery

Chapter 5 - Focus and Future

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