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BATON ROUGE PARKS AND RECREATION

Read, Run, Splash and Play at Independence Community Park

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Independence Community Park brings together cultural and recreational amenities to offer a full day of fun for visitors of every age.  The 96-acre BREC facility is home to the soaring architecture of the city’s 126,000-square-foot new, main library, a lively waterpark with waterslides and a lazy river, a tennis center, 1.8 miles of paved walking and jogging paths and turf soccer fields.

The 2014 opening of the library created a series of new community gathering spots within Independence Community Park. They include the library’s “teen scene” section with ultra-modern furnishings, an Internet café and a landscaped plaza that serves as entryway and public square. Its rooftop cactus garden offers a dazzling view of the city and park.

Independence Community Park also features an oak-shaded playground, picnic tables and baseball fields. The bloom-lined paths and wooden pavilions of its botanic gardens invite visitors to stroll, read or enjoy a picnic lunch. The 800-seat Independence Park Theatre hosts plays, concerts and a popular children’s summer theatre camp.