6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road, hosts its annual Stick Horse Rodeo Sat., April 12.
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.
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo proudly announces the winners of our 2014 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Advocate.