The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the Recreation and Park Commission for East Baton Rouge (BREC) as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.
The new Turner Family Visitor Center features a contemporary design. Its design reveals a distinct line between the modern facility and exhibit. Depending on where guests stand on the grounds, the visitor’s center is mostly hidden from view. Visitors will see the new facility upon arrival, but as they walk the grounds only the roof can be seen. The roof has a green roof system that features natural vegetation. The 4,100 square foot visitor center includes a gift shop, restrooms, a large meeting room or event room that could be used for educational exhibits and a 60-seat auditorium.
BREC travels the parish this April celebrating new amenities at parks and special facilities, with the first event to be held at BREC’s Magnolia Mound Plantation located at 2161 Nicholson Drive. The former cotton, indigo and sugarcane plantation is set to unveil the long awaited Turner Family Visitor Center. On Sunday, April 10 a private dedication honoring the Turner family will be held beginning at 2 p.m. More than half of the $2.1 million public-private project was funded by benefactor Sue Turner and her family. Mrs. Turner has been a member of the Friends of Magnolia Mound philanthropic organization since the site was saved from demolition in 1966.
BREC commended ExxonMobil for receiving a Louisiana Recreation and Park Association Group Citation Award for its support of programs and projects throughout East Baton Rouge Parish area area.
On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, BREC was joined by Walk-On’s and LSU Coach Johnny Jones as they dedicated a new outdoor basketball court at BREC’s Expressway Park.
New to Highland Road Community Park are youth tennis courts specifically made for children ages 10 and under.