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 A Word from BREC
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BREC Commission
KENNETH POINTER, CHAIRMAN VICE-CHAIR, VACANT
BILL SCHEFFY, TREASURER DAVIS RHORER
ROSSIE WASHINGTON, JR. SANDRA DAVIS
CONNIE BERNARD COLLIS TEMPLE, JR. DONNA COLLINS LEWIS
BREC Executive Staff
COREY K. WILSON, BREC SUPERINTENDENT
REED RICHARD,
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF SYSTEM PLANNING
BRANDON SMITH,
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF RECREATION PROGRAMS & FACILITIES
ANDREA ROBERTS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ANEATRA BOYKIN, CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
 LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT COREY WILSON
   Dear BREC Families,
If your family is like mine, it is hard to think about summer right now as we are taking everything one day at a time. Work, managing our daughter’s school schedule and balancing our need for healthy activity and social well-being with the continuing threat of the
COVID-19 virus make it difficult to plan ahead especially since we don’t know what the future holds or when things will return to a semblance of normalcy. Last year at this time, many of BREC’s indoor facilities were closed, programs and events were postponed or turned into virtual activities and we had to learn quickly how to serve you and your children during a pandemic, providing high-quality events, programs and park spaces while keeping your safety as our highest priority.
This year, we are using that knowledge to provide a mix of virtual and in-person offerings and are fully prepared to make changes if necessary. This current Play Book will be hosted on our website and only a small quantity printed, in the case that the ongoing pandemic should cause significant changes to be made to our award-winning summer camps, aquatics offerings, indoor facility operations or large events and programs. As you plan your summer activities, please check back to our website to ensure there have been no cancellations or changes to your scheduled activities.
You’ll find something for everyone regardless of age or ability from summer camps to BREC on the Geaux activities for children who don’t attend a camp, popular
activities such as kayaking and camping out in nature, adult and youth sports leagues, free swimming lessons through the American Red Cross Centennial Program and for the first time a Junior Homerun Derby, Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag and the LSU Opera performing at Magnolia Mound.
Despite the virus, the BREC team continued working on dozens of projects to improve your park system including renovations of recreation centers, the addition of a new cricket pitch, improvements at the Highland Road disc golf course and City-Brooks Dog Park and much more. We began work on the largest single project in BREC’s history as we reimagine the Zoo and Greenwood Community Park, while also continuing to construct bike and pedestrian trails, transform Airline Highway into the system’s 13th community park and will begin work to dredge the lakes later this year. As always, we have more than a dozen construction projects underway and even more in the design and planning phases as we continue to keep our promises to make the Imagine Your Parks 2 strategic plan a reality. Follow us on Facebook to learn when new spaces and renovated facilities are completed.
We know parks are more important than ever and our team is committed to ensuring that you have safe, clean spaces for much-needed healthy activity, a dose of Vitamin D and the calming influence of nature. We hope they help you make 2021 a summer to remember!
Corey K. Wilson, BREC Superintendent
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