BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — July is Parks & Recreation Month, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joins BREC at this month’s HealthyBR Family Fitness Rocks in honor of BREC’s 75th Anniversary.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome came to the event in part of her Health Initiative. She says, “We want to give people the opportunity to move around and this is a perfect time. “I know it’s hot in South Louisiana and right now in Baton Rouge, we certainly want everyone to stay hydrated,” Mayor Broome said.

In addition to fitness trainers from local gyms, there were also dry inflatables, music, and free snowballs.

Below was the schedule of the events and a list of trainers:

5:30 p.m. – Welcome and presentation by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and BREC’s Andrea Roberts

5:45 p.m. – Warm up with Bridget from Spectrum Fitness

6:00 p.m. – Workout demo with Holly from Regymen Fitness

6:15 p.m. – Break and presentation on the importance of recreation for our health

6:20 p.m. – Workout demo with Margaret from Burn Bootcamp

6:40 p.m. – Cool Down with Bridget from Spectrum Fitness

“This is going to be a HITT style workout which mean intensity interval training, so we’re going to get that heart rate up really quick then we’re going to drop it down,” said Regymen Fitness trainer, Sebastian Boutte.

HealthyBR classes, and many other gyms, went virtual due to the spread of COVID-19, but even with gyms closed, they found that many people went outdoors.

According to Chief Operating Officer of BREC, Andrea Roberts, she says, “During the Pandemic, we saw a 40% increase in the usage of parks.” She encourages the public to use the park as much as possible, they are even free of charge with the amenities. “BREC is very important to our community, for the health and well-being of our community,” Roberts added.

The major “Birthday Celebration” of BREC is happening on July 16th, from 6-9 p.m. at Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Boulevard.

People can enjoy popcorn while experiencing the history of BREC through a video presentation playing every half hour beginning at 7 p.m. inside Independence Park Theatre. Outside activities will include a photo booth, face painting, a balloon artist, a magician, character artists, jugglers, and stilt walkers.

The celebration will also feature live music from The Michael Foster Project, arts and crafts, games, giveaways, waterslides, inflatables, a mobile zoo, free food, and a fireworks finale.

In addition to the activities at Independence Community Park, Liberty Lagoon will extend its hours of operation from 7-9 p.m., allowing patrons to enter the waterpark at a 75% discounted rate.

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