Page 12 - 2021 Annual Report
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 Three Pillars Serving EBR through...
  Social Equity
• Updated maintenance standards to ensure equability across parks
• Passage of Commission Statement on Equity leading to policies, procedures, and robust small business procurement program for all BREC purchases
• Creation of staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee that is holding “Talk Tuesdays,” sharing information in staff newsletter and monthly planning meetings
• Completed ADA Transition Plan for accessibility across system
• Two mobile playground units provide summer, holiday and after school programs in play deserts
• Baton Rouge Zoo is the first facility in the parish and third in the state to become certified as a sensory inclusive facility.
• Recreation events include a sensory tent for autistic children
• $100,000+ given annually in summer camp scholarships
• Serve an additional 5,500 seniors through partnership with local Council on Aging
• Host monthly socials for adults with disabilities (virtual through height of pandemic)
• Expanded free WiFi to help children with virtual school and adults with remote work
  Health + Wellness
• Placed brochures in medical offices to highlight health benefits of parks, gave patients brochures with parks and amenities near them
• Partnered with Pennington Biomedical Center on “Burn with BREC” calculator on website to calculate calories burned in parks
• Partnered with hospitals for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at BREC locations, provided vaccination clinics for staff
• “Play it Safe” campaign encouraged outdoor activity while promoting CDC guidelines to visitors
• Created parish-wide bicycle/ pedestrian master plan and more than doubled miles of trails in the BREC system
• House Bike Share program in seven parks with parish wide usage skyrocketing during the pandemic to 1,500 new users per month, more than 80,000 per year
• Placed outdoor fitness stations in 22 parks
• Partnered with health providers on special summer camps for kids with asthma and sickle cell anemia
• Host Woods Walks for mental health
• Expanding urban farm in a park
located in a food desert
  Climate Change
+ Environmental
• Manage 2,000 acres of conservation land throughout the parish, including two nature education centers, three satellite conservation areas and seven nature reserves
• Operate Swamp Nature Center preserving the past in an urbanized area
• Expanded and reorganized conservation staff into separate land management and programming divisions
• Completed master plan for new community park to be a model for resilience and flood protection design
• Awarded $4.7-million watershed initiative grant to improve flood protection in the largest community park in BREC’s system
• Constructed nature center as part of master plan in 500-acre conservation area where two main rivers converge
• Provide coverage through tree inventory for 22.2% of the parish, removing 444 tons of pollution annually
• Created Green Force volunteer group which helped rebuild all nature trails after Hurricane Ida
• 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

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