6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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.
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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With Memorial Day just around the corner, BREC’s swimming season is about to begin.
Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn continues its 2013 Season on June 29 with Buster Keaton, “The General” and Righteous Buddha
On Saturday, June 29, Baton Rouge Gallery’s (“BRG”) popular and inventive summer film series presents arguably the best silent comedic film of all time, Buster Keaton’s “The General,” set to a live, never-before-heard score for the film performed by funk/jazz fusion band Righteous Buddha.
Spend an evening among the stars as Highland Road Park Observatory hosts its viewing for the Triple Planetary Conjunction on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 from 7-9 p.m.
BREC is the premier summer camp operator in East Baton Rouge Parish, offering 41 high quality recreation and specialty camps. Since registration began last month, spots are filling up quickly and BREC is urging parents to sign up their children now and not wait until the last minute.
BREC will host a Memorial Day celebration on Sat., May 25 from 5-10 p.m. at Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.