PRESCRIBED BURN NOTICE: Prescribed or controlled burn to take place at Howell Community Park tentatively starting Thursday, January 19, 2023 depending on the weather Please do not report incidents of smoke or fire in Howell Community Park. The burn has been approved by the local fire department. Click here to learn more about prescribed burns

General Info

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.

70th Anniversary - 2016

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge - or BREC as it's known today - was created in 1946. BREC has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in the region; including a state-of-the-art observatory, a swamp nature center and conservation areas, a performing arts theatre, an equestrian park, an art gallery, an arboretum, an accredited zoo, seven golf courses and an extreme sports park with a 30,000-foot concrete skate park, BMX track and velodrome.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of its creation, a documentary was produced about BREC, detailing the 70 years of hardwork and dedication to the people of East Baton Rouge Parish. See the complete documentary below or try the chapter viewing. 

Thanks to Launch Media for their hardwork in putting 70 years of BREC together. 


Chapter 1 - History and Heroes

Chapter 2 - Pools and Progress

Chapter 3 - Achievements and Awards

Chapter 4 - Disaster and Recovery

Chapter 5 - Focus and Future

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