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.
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
Upcoming General Info Events View All
Recent General Info News View All
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) will reopen the Anna T. Jordan Community Park Swimming Pool on July 26 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on August 2 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for FREE swim. Re-opening activities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. followed by swimming and the “Community Blues & Heritage Festival”.
– BREC, along with the Scotlandville Hornets Alumni Association, will host its annual Community Blues and Heritage Festival on Sat., July 26 from 1-7 p.m. at Anna T. Jordan Community Park, 1750 Stilt St.
With the gloomy, wet weekend forecast, BREC is postponing Movie at the Lagoon until Saturday, August 9.
BREC and The Walls Project will team up on Sat., July 12 to create a mural in BREC’s Gayosa Park, 2129 Gayosa St. This beautification project will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the public is invited to come out and lend a hand in painting or in showing support to the participants involved.
Join BREC for the second annual “Movie at the Lagoon” in celebration of National Parks and Recreation month at Liberty Lagoon, 111 Lobdell Ave., on Sat., July 19 from 7-9:30 p.m.