BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — BREC says it was named the top large park system in the U.S. for the third time in its history.

The National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management is given to parks and recreation systems showing excellence through “long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition,” according to a news release Tuesday.

Before 2022, the agency said BREC was named Gold Medal Award winner in 1991 and 1975. BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson issued the following statement:

“It brings me great pride to once again bring home one of the most prestigious awards a park system can win to East Baton Rouge Parish. This award would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff who have continually gone above and beyond to serve the community during historic flooding, numerous hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few years. For the last 75-years, BREC has worked closely with the community to create one of the best park systems in the country and this award would not be possible without the support we receive every time we ask for input into a construction design, new program or event, seek new partnerships and, of course, the tremendous visitation to our parks, trails and facilities. We are excited to share the Gold Medal with the community and will use this as motivation to continue our commitment to excellence.”

BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson