More Than a Playground

More than a Playground

Here at BREC, we do a lot - we mean A LOT. With 170+ locations, and multiple divisions, we have so many chances for you to play, discover, and grow with us. We're making it our mission to make sure you know about all the cool amenities and  fun activities you can fill your weekends with at BREC locations around the parish! 

Blackwater Conservation Area

Blackwater Conservation Area opened in 2002 and is one of BREC's renowned conservation areas. The naturalized park offers two large fishing lakes, nature trails and a pavilion with restrooms. The trees on the 57.48 acre site represent native species such as: Bald Cypress, Tupelo Gum, Cottonwood, River Birch, Red Mulberry, Persimmon, Pines and Oaks

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Cohn Arboretum

The Laurens Henry Cohn, Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum is a beautifully landscaped 16-acre tract of heavily wooded land used for the preservation and study of native plants and flora from other areas. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Arboretum features more than 300 species of native and adaptable trees and shrubs, a fruit orchard, butterfly garden and bamboo collection.

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Frenchtown Conservation Area

Frenchtown Road Conservation Area or "The Land Between The Rivers" is the largest Park and the largest Conservation Area currently operated by BREC. It is 495 acres of Bottomland Hardwood Forest including Small Stream Forest and Spruce Pine Hardwood-Flatwood Forest habitat; both of which are locally and globally ranked as rare or imperiled habitats. The property is home to a diverse spread of flora and fauna including several species of state conservation concern and countless migratory birds. Frenchtown currently has over 3 miles of trails that wind around the north and central parts of the park including access to the Amite River's Beach, several Amite River overlooks and access to countless Cypress-Tupelo sloughs.

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Greenways

BREC's Greenways is an initiative to identify routes and build a network of connecting trails and greenways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. The BREC Commission approved the Proposed Parish Trails Master Plan on October 22, 2015. The routes indicated were derived through public input at workshops held by BREC to identify the most desirable trail corridors that provide access to BREC parks and other points of interest in the community. BREC, in the interest of public safety, has located pathways off of roadways within public rights of way such as utility, stream, and drainage corridors.

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Fitness Centers and Stations

Not only do out trails allow you to walk, jog or bike, but they also offer outside fitness stations that provide a variety of cardio and weightbearing exercises.
(pictured: Outdoor Fitness Station at Highland Road Community Park

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