BREC operates public park and recreation facilities and programs throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA. This award-winning agency is a member of NRPA (The National Recreation and Park Association) and has been nationally accredited and recognized as one of America's premier recreation and park departments. BREC maintains 184 parks that feature a wide variety of quality facilities with family-oriented leisure activities for all ages and population groups.

6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-272-9200
Fax: 225-273-6404

Committee Appointments
BREC relies on volunteers to serve as advisors on these committees. Each department director at BREC receives advice and direction from 8 committee volunteers and 2 or 3 commission members. This is a fantastic way to hear the voice of the community when planning the actions of the park system! If you are interested in serving on a BREC committee, then please call 273-6420 or email here.

Commission Board
The Commission is composed of nine members, six of whom are appointed by the Metro Council -- two each year -- to serve a three-year term; and three of whom are ex-officio members, these being the Mayor-President, a member of the School Board and a member of the City-Parish Planning Commission. The Commission members receive no compensation for their services, but accept their appointments in the interest of civic betterment. For a current roster of Commission members, click here. For a copy of minutes from a commission meeting, click here. To see a copy of our bylaws that govern the BREC Commission, click here.

BREC- Nationally Accredited- A Gold Medal Winning Agency
BREC is one of the few parks and recreation agencies in the country to win the prestigious Gold Medal Award twice. BREC won this award, given for excellence in parks and recreation administration, in 1975 and 1991. BREC has also been a national finalist for this award 12 other times. BREC is also one of a handful of agencies across the country that have been accredited.

History of BREC
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge was created by a State Legislative Act in 1946 as a separate and distinct body whose purpose is to develop, maintain and operate public park and recreational properties and facilities for all the people in East Baton Rouge Parish. BREC is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana and does not operate under the City-Parish Government.

Operating Funds
Money for financing land purchases, construction of facilities, maintenance, and the operation of many varied programs is obtained from taxes voted by the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish and from income from facilities, concessions and programs. Other funds come from local governmental agencies and the Federal Government.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Programs, facilities and services of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge are available to all citizens regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Upcoming General Info Events View All

Martial Arts

Martial Arts Martial Arts class teaches how to exercise the mind, body and spirit through karate and martial arts movements. In addition to self-defense skills, participants learn self-discipline, self-confidence and positive social behaviors


Dance Participants learn a series of modern dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap techniques. This program provides a recital where students showcase their dance abilities. Routines focus on technical skills and dance ability in one-hour class segments per age group. Parents are required to purchase recital costumes. Call center of your choice for more information.


Cheernastics This program introduces children to a fun combination of cheerleading and gymnastics techniques. Participants progress from a beginner to an advanced level as they learn different skills. Instructor teaches classes in one-hour increments per age group.

Urban Line Dance

Line Dancing Instructor teaches a sequence of choreographed dance steps in which participants move in lines or rows, facing the same direction and executing the same steps at the same time.

Recent General Info News View All

  • BREC Easter Holiday Operating Hours

    The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) will close the administrative offices located at 6201 Florida Blvd., on Fri., April 18 for Good Friday. Normal operating hours will resume at all BREC facilities on Mon., April 21.

  • A Mix of Moonlight and the Red Planet

    Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites everyone to share the view of the planet Mars Closest Approach to Earth and a lunar eclipse on April 14 and 15. This is an opportunity for overnight excitement at the Observatory.

  • Saddle Up for Stick Horse Rodeo

    Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road, hosts its annual Stick Horse Rodeo Sat., April 12.

  • BREC to Hold Strategic Planning Wrap-up Meeting

    The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) is currently tabulating the results of 34 public meetings, scientific surveys, focus group meetings and input from the online tool MindMixer which has been available to the public since January. The ideas and trends which have been collected will be presented to the public at a wrap-up meeting on May 1 at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., at 6 p.m.

  • Baton Rouge Zoo Announces Winners of Photo Contest

    BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo proudly announces the winners of our 2014 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Advocate.

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