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BREC opens five emergency camps for children while school is out

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 17 2016 Aug 17, 2016 August 17, 2016 5:18 PM August 17, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – While school is still out and parents across East Baton Rouge Parish are returning to work, the BREC team has opened five emergency camps for children across the parish.

Camps are being held at the following locations:

Cedar Ridge Park,13300 Cedar Ridge Drive, 70817

Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Blvd., 70809

Highland Road Community Park, 14024 Highland Road, 70810

Jackson Community Park, 12250 Sullivan Road, 70818

T.D. Bickham Park, 6850 Petit Road, 70814

Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway, 70791

Camps are $14 a day or $50 per week where they will be needed for a longer time. The camps will serve children from 4-12 years old. Young children will be separated from the older ones. 

Parents can register for the camps on-site since online registration is not working due to the severe weather. Camps are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The BREC staff has been working to assess damage to the recreation centers to re-open them.  

Recreation Centers and Special Use Facilities

Baringer Road Park
Baton Rouge Zoo
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Cedar Ridge Avenue Park
City-Brooks Community Park (Gallery and Tennis Center)
Cohn Arboretum
Drusilla Lane Park
Farr Park Equestrian Center
Flanacher Road Park
Highland Road Community Park and Observatory
Hooper Road Park
Howell Place Gym at Scotlandville Parkway
Independence Community Park and Tennis Center
Jackson Community Park
Kathy Drive Park
Kerr Warren Park
Longfellow Park
Magnolia Mound Plantation
Memorial Sports Complex
Milton J. Womack Park
North Sherwood Forest Community Park
Perkins Road Community Park
Reames Road Park
Red Oaks Park
Saia Park
T. D. Bickham, Jr. Park
Zachary Community Park
Beaver Creek Park and Golf Course
Historic City Park
Webb Memorial Park and Golf Course

BREC staff members and volunteers from the Baton Rouge Gallery are visiting shelters at the River Center, Celtic Studios and the F.G. Clark Center to give children healthy activity while there.

"We know that having quality and fun 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," BREC Superintendent, Carolyn McKnight, said.

A limited number of BREC facilities are open Wednesday including the Baton Rouge Zoo, Magnolia Mound Plantation, BREC tennis centers and Historic City Park, Beaver Creek and Webb Golf Courses. The zoo is offering a reduced admission price of $1.50 per person.

The following community parks can be visited safely by the public: Zachary, Anna T. Jordan, City-Brooks, Perkins Webb and Highland Road Community Park.

More information can be found by visiting brec.org.

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