I’d like to encourage everyone out there interested in recreation in Baton Rouge to attend one of the Imagine Your Parks BREC meetings. The purpose of these meetings is for you – the user – to provide input as to what direction you would like to see these parks head. Personally I would love to see more access to local waters, whether that be via canoe/kayak launches or trail systems. We have a Scenic River System already established in Louisiana, but access to that system is wholly inadequate. The recreation potential for these rivers is really incredible and I don’t think they fully understand that. As a fly fisher or a kayak fisher this is the perfect opportunity to let your voice be heard so that we can enjoy the resources that are available to us to the full extent. Below is information on the meetings as provided by BREC:
“Nearly a decade ago, BREC implemented the “Imagine Your Parks” strategic plan which was created after a year and a half of surveys, community meetings, brainstorming sessions and public planning meetings. The results transformed the parks system in East Baton Rouge Parish featuring 12 new community parks, five dog parks, Liberty Lagoon Water Park, skateboard parks, fishing ponds, a new conservation area in Central for hikers and nature lovers, improved playgrounds, a growing trails system, a mobile playground unit as well as renovations to our neighborhood parks and special use facilities such as the Realm of the Tiger exhibit at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.
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.
Now it’s time to re-imagine the system again. BREC is just beginning the development of a new 10-year strategic plan. Please join us at a meeting to share your thoughts about the future direction of parks and recreation in the Parish. “Better Parks — Better Living” is the theme for our planning effort. The quality of our parks is directly related to the quality of life we enjoy in the Parish. Come help us understand how we can improve both!
Thurs., Jan. 16 – Kick-Off Meeting at Independence Park Theatre from 6-8:30 p.m.
Second Parish-Wide Meeting – Details TBA
- Tues., Jan. 21 – Flannery Recreation Center
- Tues., Jan. 28 – Highland Road Community Park, Church Street Park, and Hamilton Park
- Thurs., Jan. 30 – T.D. Bickham Jr. Park, Perkins Road Community Park, and Sharp Road Park
- Tues., Feb. 4 – Independence Road Park, Antioch Boulevard Park, and Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library
- Thurs., Feb. 6 – Anna T. Jordan Community Park, Plank Road Park, and Gus Young Park
- Tues., Feb. 11 – City Park, Ben Burge Park
- Thurs., Feb. 13 – Jackson Park, Baker Recreation Center, and McKinley Middle School
- Tues., Feb. 18 – Forest Community Park, Cadillac Street Park, Barringer Road Park
- Thurs., Feb. 20 – North Sherwood Forest Community Park, Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Visually Impaired, and Flanacher Road Park
- Tues., Feb. 25 – River Center Branch Library (Downtown), Greenwood Community Park
- Tues., Mar. 11 – Howell Community Park, Santa Maria Golf Course, and Jefferson Methodist Church
- Thurs., Mar. 13 – Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, Cedar Ridge Avenue Park
- Tues., Mar. 18 – Monte Sano Park, Lovett Road Park
If you are unable to make the meetings, BREC will soon unveil a link to an Internet tool called “Mind Mixer” which will allow you to voice your opinions and weigh in on conversations online.”