Independence Community Park

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96.02 Acres - This park is located in the center of East Baton Rouge Parish. Independence Park serves a larger geographic area than a neighborhood park and is designed to engage the entire family for a whole day. Higher levels of maintenance, security, and recreational opportunities are offered at community parks. The perimeter of the park is lined with hundreds of American flags. It is one of BREC's most popular and busiest parks, because of the number of facilities available.

 Construction has begun on the new main library on Goodwood Blvd. including Thought Square plaza.

"Liberty Lagoon" Aquatics Center is open!
Click here to visit the lagoon's Web site.

tennis center
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
This center features a pro shop, lighted courts, racquet stringing, instruction, racquet and ball machine rentals, two indoor courts and a hitting wall. Click here to learn more about BREC's tennis program.

soccer fields and ball diamonds
The Baton Rouge Soccer Association manages these fields through an agreemet with BREC. Link to their site to learn how to utilize these soccer fields.
Youth league sports games are played at this park.
Adult and youth league sports games are played at this park:
Click here to learn more about BREC's youth tee ball and coaches pitch leagues.
Click here to learn more about BREC's adult softball program.

This playground is a great spot for children to have fun. It's a quiet space under hearty oak trees. It is also a local's favorite spot to have a peaceful lunch in the great outdoors. Picnic tables are available within the playground area.

Botanic Gardens
Hours of operation:
Sunrise to sunset
Public gardens dedicated to horticultural education, recreation and nature studies are located in BREC's Independence Park. The Botanic Gardens contain displays of blooming woody ornamental plants, perennials, annuals, ground covers and wetland plants. The gardens feature the Rose Garden, the Crape Myrtle Garden, Sensory Garden, Children's Forest and the Louisiana Iris Garden and pavilion.The gardens are free to the public!

Walking Trail
Visitors can walk 1.8 miles of walking trails and fully experience the beauty of the Botanic Gardens. Click here to learn more about BREC's walking and biking trails.

Independence Park Theatre
Hours of operation:
Office: Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Box Office: Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 1 hour before show time
LAAG Gallery: Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
IPT has been host to hundreds of events including concerts, plays, musicals, dance recitals, lectures, graduations, seminars, workshops, conferences and pageants since its opening in 2001. IPT's proscenium theatre has a seating capacity of 800 with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. In addition, the theatre has two smaller conference rooms that can accommodate groups of 50-100. The theatre is available for rent by public and private schools, community organizations, corporations and individuals with discounted rates for non-profit organizations.The theatre's hallways are lined by art from the Louisiana Arts and Artists Guild. For show information, click here.

Pavilion Rental Information

Independence Community Park has one pavilion available for rent. Click here to learn more about this pavilion.

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Playground, Picnic Areas, Pavilion Rentals, Recreation Center, Adult Leisure Program Location, Tennis Court (Lighted), Indoor Tennis, Baseball Field (Lighted), Soccer Field, Bocce Ball, Hard Surface Walking Paths, Walking Loop


For more information about this park, please contact:
Recereation Center:  225-928-7860
Recreation Manager: Pam Turner
Facility Supervisor: Ryan Vinyard

Adult Leisure Center: 225-218-8155
Adult Leisure Center Supervisor: Sheila Smith



7500 Independence Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Daily, from sunrise to sunset. Recreation Center: Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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