BREC is the agency that connects people to parks and nature in East Baton Rouge Parish with a system that has more than 170 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.
Here at BREC, we believe all Park and Recreation facilities, programs and services should be accessible to people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic position or physical/cognitive ability. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for us means working to respect differences, remove barriers, and create opportunities. BREC recognizes and values the diversity of its workforce. We are committed to creating an environment where race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and gender identity of all workers and service users are respected, and where all are afforded dignity and equal rights. We embrace our employees’ differences in life experiences, personal history, gender identity self-expression, sexual orientation, educational background, beliefs, political views, religion, physical and mental ability, race, culture, and all other characteristics that make each of us unique. We recognize that false assumptions, prejudices, discrimination and stereotyping are widespread in society and that to achieve our aim, we must take steps to actively promote equality and combat prejudice, discrimination and harassment. We will not discriminate either directly or indirectly against employees. We will take seriously and investigate any complaints of discrimination or harassment, and we will strive to celebrate each person, to treat all people with dignity and to find strength and value in each person’s uniqueness.
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.
BREC FactsWant to know even more about BREC? Download the BREC Facts at the link below and get to know your parks and recreation system.
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
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce BREC as a finalist for the 2022 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC is proud to continue sponsoring the Gold Medal Awards program as it has for more than 20 years.
BREC offers online summer camp registration for East Baton Rouge Parish residents beginning Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. and on Tuesday, March 15 during regular facility hours of operation for out-of-parish residents.
BREC is proud to announce that after a five-month national search, Jim Fleshman has been named the fourth Zoo Director in BREC’s history. Fleshman has worked alongside Phil Frost for the past three years, playing an integral role in the development of the Zoo’s master plan, strategic plan and business plan which is guiding the largest construction project in BREC’s history to reimagine the 51-year-old facility.
Prescribed or controlled burn to take place at Howell Community Park on Saturday, February 12
BREC’s external auditor, Postlethwaite & Netterville, has submitted an unmodified opinion, the cleanest opinion an agency can receive, for BREC’s 2020 financial statements to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) as required by state law. The financial statements, which have not yet been reviewed by the LLA and were delayed this year due to COVID-related issues, show that BREC continues to remain in good financial health.