October 2018

On this page, you'll find information highlighting some of our events happening around the parish at BREC this month. You'll also learn a bit about what we've been up to in the way of accomplishing our strategic plan - Imagine Your Parks 2 - and some of the staff members that work hard to make your parks beautiful and put on the best programs possible. Enjoy!

Programs & Events

Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. For a full list, visit our events calendar.

BREC-A-Boo

Greenwood Community Park

Thursday, October 11
5:30-8:30 p.m. (For all ages)
Friday, October 12
9:30-11:30 a.m. (For ages 6 and younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m.

BREC-A-Boo

Forest Community Park

Friday, Oct. 26
9:30-11:30 a.m. (Ages 6 & younger)
5:30-8:30 p.m., (All ages)
Saturday, Oct. 27
5:30-8:30 p.m., All ages

Swamp Haunted Hikes

Bluebonnet Swamp nature Center

October 12, 19, 26
Doors open at 6 p.m., trail opens at dark
$6 per person

Halloween Adult Tennis Mixer

Independence Park Tennis Center

October 19
Ages 18+
$15 per person

Trick & Treat

Forest Community Park

October 19
6-9 p.m.

Spooky Spectrum

Highland Road Park Observatory

October 20
Ages 6+
6-10 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

Baton Rouge Zoo

October 20, 21, 27, 28
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Regular zoo admission applies

Pumpkin Paddle Parade

Milford Wampold Memorial Park

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages 12+
Voluntary canned good contribution to paddle

Make it a Movie Night: Halloweentown

Independence Park Theatre

October 26
7-9 p.m.

Halloween Movie Night

Farr Park Equestrian Center

October 26
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Movie: Hocus Pocus

Zombie 5K Fun Run

Forest Community Park

October 27
Ages 16+
5-6 p.m.
Registration at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Boo Bash

Gus Young Park

October 31
6-8 p.m.

Howell-O-Ween Night

Howell Community Park

October 31
6-8 p.m.

Your Parks - Better Than Imagined

See what we're up to in area parks as we work to make your parks better than imagined. Click the images to get a closer view of the park dveelopment. Visit our strategic plan page to learn more about what our plans are for your local park.

Longfellow Park

Another great park project that's just about wrapped up - Longfellow Park. New playground, new bleachers, improved basketball courts, new walking paths, AND a batting cage. This is one cool neighborhood park! #StrategicSaturday

Croquet Court at City-Brooks Community Park

Another great park project that's just about wrapped up - Longfellow Park. New playground, new bleachers, improved basketball courts, new walking paths, AND a batting cage. This is one cool neighborhood park! #StrategicSaturday

Jackson Community Park

Even though BREC's Jackson Community Park will soon see the first stages of a much larger improvement, the smaller ones still make the park AWESOME. These newly added shaded benches make supervising splashpad play much easier on parents. #StrategicSaturday

Independence Community Park

The Garden Center at BREC's Independence Community Park? is on its way to being renewed! Earlier this year, we unveiled improved & expanded Botanical Gardens and the Garden Center goes along with it. Newly renovated building for volunteers & rentals - can't wait! #StrategicSaturday

Milton J. Womack Park

The fields at Milton J. Womack Park (where our main office is) are edging ever closer to being ready for some footballers. The restrooms are in place, the new paths are just about done, and the equipment setup has started - scoreboards are in y'all! Now to make sure the grass finishes growing in to our standards.

Meet Our Team

Get to know a few of our staff members every month in various departments and say hi next time you see them at your favorite park. Check out the Staff Photo Gallery here.

Carey Brownfield, Park Ranger

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    Close to 3 years and 1 month
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Alaska St Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Judge Judy
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Believe it or not, my wife’s turkey dressing and cranberry sauce
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I have a nice personality and I’m caring
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The first few nights I was out training
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Las Vegas

Ronald Cook, Community Park Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    11 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Anna T. Jordan – that’s where I met my wife
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Empire
  4. Android or iPhone?
    Android
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Mexican Cuisine and almonds
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m a quiet person and I work hard. I work out at the park where I work on my days off (which lets me check on things then too). I always try to be a positive person no matter what.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The Employee Appreciation Day at Highland.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Disney World.

Shannon Guidry, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Education Curator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    Part-time with BREC for 4 years; full-time for 6 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Bluebonnet Swamp!
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Firefly
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Sushi
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I love to shoot pool
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Taking my children to City Park when they were young
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    A private island with a wonderful beach and no cell phone reception!

Monica Richert, Conservation Specialist

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    ~10 months
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Sandy Creek
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Leverage
  4. Android or iPhone?
    I miss my flip phone, honestly
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Strawberries
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m allergic to strawberries
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Leading my first woods walk. I’m still very proud of that program
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Iceland

Cody Albright, Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    6 Months
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    It changes with the seasons. Definitely Milford Wampold during the Spring and Fall, Highland during the winter, and City Brooks Park during the summer.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Currently it is Wild Country on Netflix
  4. Android or iPhone?
    I would love to go back to a flip phone, or even better a rotary phone!
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Bao
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I have climbed/ hiked over 50 different Mountain peaks in 7 different states across the country.
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Racing at the BMX track every weekend as a kid.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    I would go Heli- Skiing in either Japan or Argentina, depending on who has the best snow conditions at the moment

Matthew Patterson, Assistant Aquatics Manager

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    4 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Greenwood
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Arrow
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Tacos
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    My family owns a blueberry farm
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    The installation of the Shockwave
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Anywhere with snow and mountains to go snowboarding

Angel Ellis, Tennis Activity Coordinator

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    4 years
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    Forest Park
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    Currently, Master Chef
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Italian
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I’ve been a grandmother for 12 years
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    When my Dad came to the Senior Dance
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Italy

Katie Hodgin, HR Information Specialist

  1. How long have you been with BREC?
    Since Feb of this year, so I still feel like the new kid sometimes…
  2. Which is your favorite park?
    There are so many, it’s hard to choose! I like to run in City Park and on the walking trail to Goodwood Park from my house. My daughter loves going for trail rides at Farr Park and going to the zoo.
  3. What is your favorite TV show?
    I don’t really watch TV.
  4. Android or iPhone?
    iPhone
  5. What is your favorite food?
    Dutch Chocolate Blue Bell ice cream!
  6. What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
    I run three miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (mostly so that I can eat Dutch Chocolate Blue Bell ice cream).
  7. What is one of your fondest BREC memories?
    Hunting for peacock feathers with my daughter every afternoon when I’d pick her up from zoo camp this summer.
  8. If you got a week-long, all-expenses-paid vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
    Probably to Yellowstone – but only if I could go very early in the season when there’s still a little snow on the ground and the crowds aren’t too bad.

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