Information provided by BREC:
BATON ROUGE, LA - With school out and parents across East Baton Rouge Parish having to return to work, the BREC team quickly repaired buildings and brought in staff to open five emergency camps across the parish.
Camps are being held at Independence, Highland, Jackson, Zachary Community Parks as well as T.D. Bickham Park in Baker. Camps are $14 a day or $50 per week where they will be needed for a longer period of time.
Parents can register for the camps onsite since the online registration system is not working due to the floods. Camps are open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The BREC system has been heavily impacted by the floods with both damage to facilities and staff members experiencing heavy losses. Despite those challenges, staff has been working since the weekend to assess damage to buildings across the system and will re-open recreation centers as repairs can be made and staff are able to report to work.
Teams of staff members are visiting shelters with the BREC on the Geaux Mobile Recreation units and a traveling team of artists and volunteers from Baton Rouge Gallery to give children in the shelters healthy activity as well as a creative outlet while they are housed in the River Center, Celtic Studios, F.G. Clark Activity Center and other smaller locations.
"Despite the fact that our own team members are suffering, it is important to us to serve this community in its time of need and I am so proud of our staff for opening shelters, serving flood victims and working around the clock to get facilities open so that parents have a safe place to bring their children as they have to go back to work," said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. "We know that having places to relieve stress and take your mind off of the devastating floods is also important and that is why we are working to repair the damage to our system and get facilities open to give this community a sense of normalcy wherever we can," said McKnight.
A limited number of BREC facilities are open today including the Baton Rouge Zoo, Magnolia Mound Plantation, BREC tennis centers and Historic City Park, Beaver Creek and Webb Golf Courses. We hope to have Dumas and Clark Golf Courses open later in the week.
The following community parks can be safely visited by the public: Zachary, Anna T. Jordan, City-Brooks, Perkins, Webb and Highland Road Community Park.