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.

Serving the Underserved

BREC is the agency that connects people to parks, nature and the outdoors. We take seriously our responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life of all citizens in East Baton Rouge Parish. Part of that responsibility is to identify and serve members of the community who wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to the types of programs and services that BREC offers.

How do we identify these groups? Through the use of data and partnerships, we identify gaps in programming, community issues or barriers that might inhibit citizens access to our park system. These groups include, but are not limited to, teenagers, disabled children and adults, residents without transportation and those who live in play deserts and low-income residents. 

BREC has developed programming specifically to benefit non-traditional park users and under-served communities including: Youth 360 After School Program, BREC on the Geaux, BREC-Out, Sunshine Camps, athletic leagues and socials, flight night basketball leagues and scholarships for camps.

For information on these programs and more please see our current program guide: http://www.brec.org/assets/2014SummerGuide.pdf

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Red, White and Zoo

Visit the Zoo July 5 and celebrate our red, white and blue animal friends. This special day will include amphitheatre programs, games and crafts featuring some of our red, white and blue Zoo animals. Call 225.775.3877 or visit brzoo.org for more information.

A Walk with the Birds

Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, visitors will enjoy a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching tips and techniques will be shared and beginners are welcome. Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended. Learn more about birding and the Bluebonnet Swamp Bird Monitoring Project at www.braudubon.org.

Frozen Safari

Visit the Zoo on July 19 as we keep it cool this summer. This special day will focus on animal enrichment and teach visitors what the Zoo does to promote animal wellness on a daily basis. Frozen treats will be available for visitors as well as the animals! The first 100 people to the Zoo will receive a coupon for a free frozen treat at the Zoo's Cool Critter Café. Regular Zoo admission applies. Call 225.775.3877 for more information.

Community Blues and Heritage Festival

Join BREC and the Scotlandville Hornet Alumni Association for this great day of family entertainment featuring performances by local artists, giant water inflatables, crafts and information vendors, health resources, concessions and more.

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