Page 14 - BREC's 2019 Annual Report
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Imagine Your Parks2 – How we are Meeting our Goals
BREC is the largest and oldest park system in Louisiana, celebrating its 74th birthday in October 2020. BREC enjoys a very high level of community involvement and support to keep the parks system vibrant and relevant to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges from nature and man-made events.
In 2004, BREC launched the Imagine Your Parks strategic plan to transform what had become an aging, neighborhood- based system of parks and special use facilities into one that now boasts twelve community parks, five dog parks, Liberty Lagoon Water Park, skate parks, fishing ponds, new conservation areas, improved playgrounds, splash pads, a growing trails system and two mobile playground units. The plan also included renovations to neighborhood parks and special use facilities, including the Baton Rouge Art Gallery, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Cohn Arboretum, Independence Park Theatre, Farr Park Equestrian Center, golf courses, Highland Road Observatory and Magnolia Mound Historic House.
In 2014 BREC updated its vision for parks and recreation for the coming decade. Imagine Your Parks 2 considers changes in the park system over the past decade, new trends in recreation, changes in parish demographics and economy, and input from the community. It establishes eight strategic directions for BREC to focus on and lays out an action plan for success. Below is a summary of the goals and progress report:

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