BREC is the agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish with a system that has more than 180 parks including a unique mix of facilities, which mirror the history and rich natural resources in south Louisiana. This includes a state-of-the-art observatory, swamp nature center located in the urban core, equestrian park, Zoo, performing arts theatre, arboretum, botanical garden, a water park with the only surfing simulator in the state, golf courses throughout the parish and an expansive 30,000-foot concrete extreme sports park. Throughout its history, BREC has taken seriously its responsibility to improve the health, safety, environment and quality of life for all citizens. Since 2004, BREC has constructed community parks, dog parks, a family-sized Aquatics Center, a growing trails system, fishing ponds, larger playgrounds and procured two mobile recreation units to serve play deserts in the area.
6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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 more than 13 other times. BREC is also one of a handful of agencies across the country that have been accredited.
It is BREC's mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community by providing exceptional parks, open spaces and recreational experiences for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.
BREC's vision is to provide an extraordinary system of parks, open spaces, and facilities that engages the Parish's unique natural and cultural landscape to enrich Parish life by providing diverse and memorable recreation experiences.
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Why Are Parks Important?Parks are a vital part of every community. Read more about why we need parks for a successful, thriving community.
BREC InventoryBREC is so much more than playgrounds. Check out an overview of the BREC inventory to see what your parks and recreation system has to offer!
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.
If you suspect the misappropriation (theft), fraud, waste, or abuse of public funds by anyone, contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office. Visit reportfraud.la for more information.
Contacting the Legislative Auditor's Office:
Toll-free: 1-844-50 FRAUD (503-7283)
Fax: 1-844-40 FRAUD (403-7283)
U.S. Mail: LLA Hotline, P. O. Box 94397, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Recent General Info News
As Hurricane Delta moves close to making landfall along the southwest Louisiana/coast, all BREC facilities will remain closed Friday, October 9. The BREC leadership team will keep a close eye on the weather and anticipates reopening some parks and facilities on Saturday, October 10 depending on the impacts of the storm.
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) will host several Halloween events throughout the month of October at various parks and facilities throughout the parish. These events will be safe spaces for children and families to enjoy holiday themed activities and treats.
After the announcement by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that Louisiana is now in phase three of its reopening plan, BREC is modifying COVID-19 restrictions put in place since the pandemic began in March. Effective immediately, dog parks will resume regular scheduled hours opening from sunrise to sunset
For 42 years, the name Eugene A. Young was synonymous with BREC as he was the longest serving Superintendent in the agency’s history. Young retired in 2003 ending a 57-year career in the recreation and parks industry which began when he worked for recreation departments in Austin, Texas and Bloomington, Indiana while in college.
BREC Facilities Closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26 and Tentatively Reopening on Friday, August 28
As Hurricane Laura moves close to making landfall along the southwest Louisiana/Texas coast, BREC is closing all facilities at 5 p.m. this evening. The BREC leadership team will keep a close eye on the weather and anticipates reopening parks and facilities on Friday, August 28 depending on the impacts of the storm.