BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Eugene A. Young and BREC go hand in hand after spending 57 years working in the recreation and parks industry.
Young spent 42 years with BREC including a tenure “as the longest serving Superintendent in the agency’s history” according to BREC.
Young’s BREC career started out in 1952 and it took eight years to earn the title of superintendent.
During Young’s time as superintendent, BREC was the beneficiary of many awards including these below:
- National Gold Medal Award for excellence in the field of Park and Recreation Management in 1975 and 1991
- National Association of Counties Organizational Award
Young never stopped working as the current BREC Superintendent noted, “even at the age of 92, Eugene Young remained involved and deeply interested in making East Baton Rouge Parish a place where all residents have access to high quality parks and recreation facilities and spent his career laying the foundation for the Imagine Your Parks strategic plan by ensuring BREC would have the land it needed to create the modern, award-winning system it has today,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. “He was very supportive of me and I am honored to have considered him a mentor. I speak for our entire agency when I say he will be deeply missed.”
Young is survived by his wife Betty, two children and two grandchildren.