August 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.

Swamp Flashlight Night

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

August 10
5-9 p.m.

Movie in the Park: Cars 3

Nairn Drive Park

August 10
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Highland Road Park Observatory

August 11-12
10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Zoo & Me Morning: Tons of Turtles

Baton Rouge Zoo

August 14
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Story Comes to Life

Kerr Warren Park

August 17
6-7:30 p.m.

Make it a Movie Night: The Muppets

Independence Park Theatre

August 17
7-9 p.m.

Duck Duck Goose Day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

August 18
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Zoo Run Run

Baton Rouge Zoo

August 25
6:30-9 a.m.

End of Summer Dog Pool Pawty

Liberty Lagoon

August 26
1-5:30 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

Improvements at Longfellow Park are nearly complete! This neighborhood park got a new playground, an improved basketball court, new walks, and more. Don't miss this awesome park.

West Brookstown Park

This week, we're looking at West Brookstown for #StrategicSaturday. This long neighborhood park is getting a new playground and new benches & picnic table for it's most recent improvements.

River Bend Park

River Bend Park is so close to done! The wood fiber surfacing for the new playground is in place, the half basketball court (courtesy of Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar) is ready to use, and the pavilion, benches, & walks are all good to go. The renovated tennis court will come in to wrap up this project! #StrategicSaturday

Fiesta Park

Fiesta Park is one of your neighborhood parks currently under construction. The new pavilion is in place, the new walks are getting close to completion, and the outdoor fitness equipment has been ordered. Exciting news - we can't wait to see the final product! #StrategicSaturday

Erich & Lea Sternberg Park

Construction is pretty much wrapped up at Erich & Lea Sternberg park. Look at that new playground and safety surfacing shine. Neighborhood parks are vital to fulfilling our mission and we love getting them updated. #StrategicSaturday

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

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