BREC calls 2016 'banner year' ahead for new projects

BREC calls 2016 'banner year' ahead for new projects

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On a hill overlooking the LSU lakes, workers were laying the foundation of what's expected to be an exceptional year for city parks and recreation.

"It will be a banner year for BREC," said Cheryl Michelet, Communications Director at BREC.

The Knock Knock Children's Museum, an interactive learning facility, is one of at least 40 BREC projects under construction or in early planning stages for 2016. Groundbreaking for the museum happened last spring.

"There will be renovations, improvements and new places for people to get out with their families, have a good time and do some healthy activity in the new year," said Michelet.

That includes new water slides at Liberty Lagoon, more fishing ponds and a driving range at the Webb Golf Course.

As for the old golf course at Howell Park, it's now being transformed into space BREC said will be used by a lot more people.

A master plan was passed last month.

"There will be walking trails. There will be picnic areas," said Michelet. "It's just going to be a great place for families to come and enjoy the park."

Like last year, 2016 will also feature news of a BREC tax renewal.

BREC is asking voters to renew half of its operating budget. Voters approved the first half of the budget in 2014.

BREC said this year's renewal will cost taxpayers less than the 2014 renewal.

Other BREC projects under construction include:

  • Anna T. Jordan Recreation Center
  • Zachary Community Park Playground and Splash Pad
  • Central Sports Park (Phase 3)
  • Magnolia Mound Visitor Center
  • Scotlandville Disc Golf Course
  • Cricket Pitch (Airline Highway Park)

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