Page 10 - BREC's 2019 Annual Report
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Three Pillars
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Social Equity
• Updated maintenance standards to ensure equability across parks
• BREC Commission approved investing millions to upgrade the Zoo and Greenwood Park in a historically underserved area • Two mobile playground units provide summer, holiday and after school programs in play deserts serving 243,011 children • Recreation events include a sensory tent for autistic children and a popular “Sensory Santa” event in December
• Zoo served more than 12,000 low-income guests through weekly $1.50 admission
• Children’s Museum partner gave over 7,000 children and families significantly reduced admission of $3 per person
• Completed ADA Transition Plan for accessibility across system
• $100,000+ given annually in summer camp scholarships
• Served an additional 5,500 seniors through partnership with local Council on Aging
• Host monthly socials for adults with disabilities
Health + Wellness
• More than doubled miles of trails in aggressive effort to promote walking, running and bicycling
• Partnered with community organizations to house a Bike Share program in seven parks and create a parish-wide Bike/Ped Master Plan
• Placed outdoor fitness stations in 17 parks
• Offer summer camps specifically for children with asthma, and sickle cell anemia
• Conducted relaxation nature hikes for mindful stress relief
• Placed brochures in medical offices to highlight parks as a solution to health issues
• Offer discounted insurance rates to employees participating in a wellness program. 95.7 participate with 92 employees reducing one or
more risk factors, added program for all part-time staff members in 2019
• Offer free telemedicine program to all staff members participating in insurance program
• Manage 3,000 acres of conservation land throughout the parish, including eight conservation areas
• Operate Swamp Nature Center preserving the past in an urbanized area serving over 92,000 people
• Expanded and reorganized conservation staff into separate land management and programming teams
• Connected 83,958 children with nature, utilizing deeply discounted programs to make the Zoo accessible regardless of income
• Through tree inventory management, provide coverage for 22.2% of the parish, removing 444 tons of pollution, a value of
$1.1M each year
• Developed aggressive reforestation plan to plant nine trees for every tree removed from a park
• Committed $5-million for $50+ million project with state, LSU and City-Parish to dredge lakes and implement ambitious master plan in
most utilized recreation area in parish

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