Imagine Your Parks 2 - Phases of Design & Construction
After nearly a year of gathering input from the public, BREC has developed the Imagine Your Parks2 Better Parks-Better Living 10 year strategic plan. As part of our accreditation process, BREC creates and implements a strategic plan every ten years to guide the progress of the system. BREC is one of only 106 nationally accredited parks systems in the country and was recently recognized as among the top ten recreational systems in the nation. We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience as we redesign, rebuild, and re-open our parish parks.
- Current Park Improvement Projects
- Transformative Projects
- System-Wide Updates
- Completed Improvement Projects
Current Park Improvement Projects
Click the park to find out more information about the current projects and park updates. The individual park projects are separated into categories based on park/facility classification: Community Parks, Neighborhood Parks, and Special Use Facilities. These categories were established through the strategic planning process. To learn more about the difference between the types of parks, visit the Community or Neighborhood Park page.
Special Use Facilities
Baton Rouge Zoo & Greenwood Community ParkThe Master Plan vision for Greenwood Community Park and the Baton Rouge Zoo focused on creating a one-of-a-kind, world class destination for the entire Parish and larger region. It stitches together BREC’s most visited facility and largest park to transform how people experience the park and the zoo together. Phase 1 of Greenwood Park aims to achieve the master plan’s guiding principles to ensure that the first investment made sets up the park and zoo for long-term success.
Baton Rouge University Lakes Master PlanA coalition to save the six lakes around LSU and BREC’s City-Brooks Park has been formed. This partnership includes BREC, Louisiana State University, the State of Louisiana, City of Baton Rouge, LSU Athletics Department and Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The lakes will be restored based on a Master Plan underwritten by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The vision is to create a robust and scenic natural amenity in the heart of Baton Rouge using nature as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles while providing habitat infrastructure for wildlife and migratory birds. This amenity will serve as a touchpoint for visitors from across the Parish and beyond.
Howell Recreation Center + Swimming PoolThis new facility at Howell Park will be the recreation center of the future that will become the nucleus of major health and wellness developments within the neighboring community along with the rest of the magnificent 113 acre park and BREC’s partnership with the Baton Roots Urban Farm which is located in the park. It will feature a new swimming pool and address a full spectrum of wellness through a combination of innovative spaces and programming.
Some of our projects are on a larger scale and will involve multiple parks and facilities. Follow the links below to learn more about these System-Wide Updates.
Completed Improvement Projects
Looking for information on park projects that were recently completed under the Imagine Your Parks 2 strategic plan? Visit the Completed Park Projects page for more info.
If you're looking for info on the Imagine Your Parks strategic plan (2005-2014), visit the Imagine Your Parks Portfolio page.
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Upcoming Park Improvements Events
2023 Preview Party
What is in store for 2023? Come find out with HRPO! This event will have all the excitement of the coming calendar year wrapped up into one fantastic night. Dec. 30 / 6-10 p.m.
Recent Park Improvements News
BREC announces the master planning process of the Scotlandville Parkway, a tremendous recreational asset located in North Baton Rouge.?Community partners including Healthy BR, Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV), Scotland Saturdays, Front Yard Bikes, and Bike Baton Rouge are working collaboratively with BREC to gather public input with support from a Trust for Public Land grant.
Join BREC on Tuesday, June 29th, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the recently completed improvements of Forest Community Park’s Recreation Center
BREC is hosting the long-awaited groundbreaking. for Phase I improvements of its Greenwood Community Park and Baton Rouge Zoo on Tuesday, December 8, at 10 am.
The BREC Commission approved master plans for the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park.
BREC is pleased to announce the launch of the master planning processes for the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Community Park. Two nationally-acclaimed design consultants have been selected through a competitive bid process and kickoff meetings were held in late November 2018, allowing the consultants to gain a better understanding of the sites and scope of the projects.